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my favorite {los angeles} breakfast bites lately…

The Hart and The Hunter | Los Angeles

The Hart and The Hunter | Los Angeles

The Hart and The Hunter | Los Angeles

Since I wake up at Ruby o' clock every day (around 7-7:30 a.m.), I'm always on the hunt for restaurants that open early for breakfast. Most of our favorite brunch places don't open until 10 a.m., and by that time, she's almost ready for a nap! So, I've been on a mission to find some new spots. Here are a few of my favorite breakfast bites around town these days (they open early, too!)…

The trout toast (avocado, smoked trout and pickled onions) and homemade biscuits (buttery pockets of heaven) from The Hart and The Hunter in West Hollywood (shown above).

Viet Noodle Bar | Los Angeles

 Vietnamese breakfast (including this delicious chicken meatball) at Viet Noodle Bar in Glendale.

Egg Slut | Los Angeles

Egg Slut | Los Angeles

The egg and bacon sandwich (the homemade ketchup and brioche bun are out of this world!) and the coddled eggs over mashed potatoes from the Egg Slut truck. 

Do you guys have trouble finding breakfast spots that open early? I swear, L.A. is a town that just starts to get going at 10 a.m.!

{Photos by Oh Joy}


  1. Ooo! These breakfasts all look incredible. I want them all! I do wish more places in my neighborhood were open for breakfast, but they all seem to cater to the brunch crowds on weekends.

  2. We seem to have the opposite problem out here on the opposite coast – places that close too early. It’s great for breakfast, though. My current fave is a bakery called Tatte in Cambridge. It’s absolutely gorgeous, the food is mouthwatering, and the owner, Tzurit, has the best Instagram feed. (Which means I’m always salivating while looking at my phone!)

  3. Joy, you’re so right about LA getting a late morning start! You should also try Trails Cafe in Griffith Park. Amazing baked goods, and they open at 8! (I love getting breakfast there before a hike!)

  4. Blu Jam on Melrose is my absolute favorite! Try the Rome Via Paris with some rosemary toast. Their lattes are killer too. And the best part… they open at 8!

  5. The bacon & eggs on brioche looks absolutely delicious! I must try that sometime but obviously a bit closer to home, i.e. somewhere in the UK. In the UK lots of breakfast places open nice and early 🙂

  6. I have 3 little ones (4 and under) and so I know about waking up early. We are in BK and so a lot of places open early. We tend to be regulars at Junior’s because my son loves the french toast (and so do I).

  7. These all look like lovely options! I unfortunately have a lot of trouble finding any decent breakfast while eating out. I live in such a small town that the only place that serves breakfast is the 7/11 convenience store at the gas station. And it is not what I would call breakfast. I miss my home town which was teaming with eclectic breakfast and brunch options. One day I will be back in a town with a decent breakfast, I hope!

  8. This looks so delicious, makes me want to go to LA. And when I’m there I have to print out so many of your post and put them together as a foodie guide. 🙂

  9. YUM! I wish I could go to fun breakfast spots more often – during the week it’s usually a grab and go on my way to work at a coffee shop, or a smoothie or something from home! But on the weekends I love exploring new breakfast spots – these are all making me want to wake up early and make the drive up to LA! 🙂

  10. My husband and I were just talking about this last weekend – but in Raleigh brunch doesn’t start till 11:30! I wish some places opened at 10 🙂

  11. Jonathan Gold just reviewed The Hart and the Hunter and said those biscuits were the best he’s ever eaten! We live in Orange County but here’s some of our favorites: Pacific Whey, Newport Coast (views of the ocean!), Pain du Monde, 85C for sea salt coffee and green scallion buns, Plums, Early Bird, Zovs and Sidecar Doughnuts!

  12. My friend and I were there recently and we had the latka with salmon dish and it was amazing! I don’t even like salmon and I still can’t get it out of my mind!

  13. Mmm, all these breakfasts are soo nicely presented and photographed! IMy little one and I almost always have breakfast at home. We try to keep it interesting with a variety of egg dishes, greek yogurt and fruit, or steel ground oatmeal. I like to save brunch for the weekends, or lunch out with friends (not many of them could be convinced to dine with us at 7am anyway).

  14. Fred 62 (Los Feliz) and the 101 Cafe (Hollywood) are both open early, as is the Village Bakery in Atwater Village

  15. the cheese spread for the biscuits is my fave…yummm!
    LA does start its morning late, and not too many places are open, and so I used to go to a lot of Korean bakeries. Bosco opens at 8am, and Paris Baguette around 6am(?) I’m all about carbs, eggs and coffee for breakfast.

  16. I so relate to this post! I never realized how late restaurants open in LA until my daughter was born and now by 10 a.m. we’ve already been up and at ’em for four hours! Hooray for restaurants that open bright and early.

  17. Thanks for posting this. I love to get going early in the morning and I’ll be visiting LA next month. Will definitely check some of these out.
    Oh, and it’s not just LA. I live in Fairbanks, Alaska and it drives me crazy that NOTHING opens until 10am. I always feel like I am being so productive getting to town early, then I end up sitting around waiting for everything to open.
    Although Fairbanks does have the excuse that it doesn’t get light until after 10 a.m. in the winter!
    The problem with LA (used to live there) is that it is not really a night town either from what I remember. It would be one thing if restaurants were open until 2 a.m., then I could understand the late opening.

  18. Oh, Boy! These dishes look stomach swoon-worthy. You’re a foodie after my own heart (and The Smooshie’s). Speaking of which, won’t you vote and help me determine which photo of Ru to submit to 7×7 Magazine? 😉
    Jules of Canines & Couture

  19. or you could just make breakfast…? it is amazing to me that you and bonnie tsang do not seem to know how to eat food at home?

  20. Thanks for your kind note. I actually do make breakfast at least 5 days a week at home.
    I also enjoy trying what others have to offer…it keeps things interesting.

  21. Yay I love pictures of breakfast! It’s one of the loveliest meals to photograph- morning light makes everything that much more beautiful, doesn’t it?
    Have you been to Sycamore Kitchen on La Brea Joy? Their pastries are excellent, and I regularly order the cured salmon tartine. They also have great outdoor seating, and a cool industrial feel inside.

  22. I want live somewhere, where is any restaurant, bistro or cafe, which make breakfast! However, I am wake up at 5.00 am and start my job at 7 am. So, breakfast outside is impossible.

  23. Have you been to 54Twenty in Hollywood? It’s a cute little diner attached to the Dixie hotel and opens at 8am! They have amazing granola and also make a delicious stuffed french toast.

  24. Hi Linda!
    Yes, Ive been there! The pastries are delicious. I wasnt wowed by their hot food options, but great baked goods for sure!

  25. I have the same problem! Always looking for breakfast places that open early. I am also not a huge egg person so I’m looking for something other than omelette. I end up going to a pho or a dimsum place. Bon Juk(Korean rice porridge) in ktown opens early. I also like Playa for brunch although they open at 10am.

  26. I wanted to take a moment to come back here and apologize for how rude that came across. I worded that completely wrong and am embarrassed to be one of “those” careless commenters too quick to type without thinking. I actually love your food posts, I just thought it was funny that it seemed like you were waiting for restraunts to open to be able to eat breakfast. Again, so sorry to have been rude when you are just trying to put out a lovely blog.
    Embarrassed, Grey

  27. Marston’s in Pasadena is cute. I like how it is housed in a converted bungalow. San (Mountain Cafe) in Ktown has good Korean porridge and is open 24 hours a day. I also love Alcove Cafe. I am a brunch whore.
    My favorite brunch place in LA is Amandine. Their french toast and pastries are to die for. French food with a Japanese flair. I even emailed them last week begging them to come to Pasadena only to learn that the email on their website is defunct. 🙁

  28. Cafe Verde in Pasadena has an amazing Spanish-inspired breakfast menu. They also have the best crepes and Cafe de la Oya coffee. They open at 8am. It sounds like it may be a little too east for you on a weekday, but maybe a weekend treat. 🙂


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