Los Angeles Feature


Good Morning, L.A.

In L.A., many a big-screen mega-hit has been conceived over a breakfast of yogurt-and-granola or huevos rancheros.

Hugo's. At Hugo's, one of the city's top morning destinations, breakfast specialties include pumpkin pancakes and "Pasta Mama" (pasta scrambled with eggs, garlic, and Parmesan cheese). 8401 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA, 90069. 323/654–3993. www.hugosrestaurant.com.

Culina. A new favorite amongst healthy Hollywood is Culina. Order from its versatile breakfast menu that offers whole-wheat pancakes with pomegrante maple syrup and a sinless Eggs Benedict. Four Seasons Hotel, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills, CA, 90048. 310/273-2222. www.culinarestaurant.com.

Griddle Café. Big breaks might be found at the Griddle Café, tuck into "Black Magic" flapjacks (filled with Oreo cookie crumbs) or the red velvet panCake topped with swirls of cream cheese frosting. 7916 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA, 90046. 323/874–0377. www.thegriddlecafe.com.

John O'Groats. But for a thoroughly unpretentious L.A. morning experience, head over to the Westside's John O'Groats, where the good old-fashioned American breakfasts are accompanied by signature homemade biscuits. 10516 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A., Los Angeles, CA, 90064. 310/204-0692. www.ogroatsrestaurant.com.

Euro Pane Bakery. In Pasadena, folks line up at Euro Pane Bakery, a cozy French bakery and café. 950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA, 91106. 626/577–1828.

Clementine. Over in Century City a modest café called Clementine reels in fans with fresh scones and buttermilk biscuit sandwiches stuffed with egg and ham. 1751 Ensley Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90024. 310/552–1080. www.clementineonline.com.

Nate 'n Al. In Beverly Hills, New York expats huddle at Nate 'n Al over matzo brei or corned beef hash. 414 N. Beverly Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90210. 310/274-0101.

Azalea Restaurant & Bar. Japanese breakfast, head to Azalea Restaurant & Bar at Little Tokyo's Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens. 120 S. Los Angles St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012. 213/253-9235.

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