Fun Friday: Favorite Breakfast Place
I just woke up and I’m meeting AVC regular JamesHRH in 15mins so this is going to be a short one.
We are meeting at Swingers in Santa Monica, a diner that makes great breakfasts and serves strong black coffee. It’s my go to spot on the west side of LA.
Where is your favorite place to meet for breakfast?
WTF? Calling it in, bro?Livestream that breakfast convo a la Le Web interview you did. There’s an app for that.
It’s small; but this ^ might be my favorite moment on avc.
If I were anywhere in the LA metro this morning, i would have serendipitously appeared at the tail end of that convo.LA has a long history “strategic serendipity” / ear hustling within popularly frequented eateries as a career skill – one reason why many actors are waiters /waitresses.
that was my hope actually. didn’t happen
Heartwarming that you provided an opportunity, Fred.
Bummed that I’m reading this at 10:36pm.I’ve had breakfast at Auntie Em’s in Eagle Rock once each weekend for the last 10 years. Maybe 5 business meetings in those 500 visits!
check out huckleberrycafe.com
Eavesdropping in restaurants is great fun.
could we have done that with facetime on my phone?
Facetime is one-to-one, right?I was thinking http://new.livestream.com/
But….OK…I’ll play along. Best breakfast place is my house. Pancakes with fruit, FTW!http://instagram.com/p/YC-L…
Not seeing you complimenting your wife for that breakfast should we assume that you make that?
Yeah. I am deftly in command of the spatula weekend mornings.
dad’s have a genetic predisposition for spatula-wielding. I literally have never eaten any other pancakes than my father’s.
Funny. My dad made the pancakes, eggs, and sometimes pasta when I was growing up. I don’t think he ever made anything else.
What time should I stop by to partake?
Kik me when you’re in the neighborhood.
oooh. do you cook those pineapples?
Nope…good idea tho.Usually, I put apples and bananas in the batter…sometime strawberries. Then additional raw fruit on top…whatever’s at hand. I once put watermelon on top of pancakes. That was awesome.
Grill or sauté the pineapple. Extra points if you caramelize them. You can make anyone your slave with that on a good stack.
That does look awesome. But with the current heat wave here in LA I was inspired to whip up something a bit lighter…
if by chance, anyone else that comments here is stuck in central Massachusetts, Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA has great espresso drinks and the best egg sandwich around… I’m buying. Comment below.
McDonalds with my son
Breakfast with your kids anywhere is a great start to the day.
anything in particular?
BIG BREAKFAST with hotcakes…he loves it!Btw I’m not complaining…it’s tough to beat ol McDs sausage egg biscuit!!!
they do do that right. so I hear.
I respect you for admitting it. :)We have banned McD’s except for breakfast — my very finicky son wants 2 sausage egg cheese mcmuffins almost daily, but being on a gluten-free diet the only thing I can have there is coffee — which is surprisingly good.
The Hart & The Hunter has some of the best biscuits in LA: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the…
Eating breakfast is my specialty:Boon Fly Cafe – NapaThe 5 Spot – SeattleBirdie’s Cafe – Bend, ORCafe Solange – La JollaSome of my favorites.
Love 5 spot.
boon fly is great
I have always hated breakfast, save for my dad’s pancackes.
though brunch is another story. anywhere mimosas hold the oj and fruit
two eggs on a roll, potatoes, toast, oj, coffee — light, no sugar; any nyc delicoffee shop: http://thecoffeeshopnyc.com/johnys: http://www.yelp.com/biz/joh…balthazar: http://balthazarny.com/barking dog: http://www.barkingdog94.com/the charter fishing boat i cooked on during college/summers; breakfast before we sailed.room service
Balthazar is the place I should have gone to 3 times in NY but never made it there :(.For cakes as breakfast, it was definitely Black Hound Cakes in East Village before they shut down, :(.
sounds like you know how to cook that dish yourself
in calm or stormy seas; first boat to grounds daily
Urth Cafe in WeHo is a classicChoumon Bakery on Beverly DrAlfred Coffee on Melrose Place.Bottega Louie in DTLA, although that can be really noisy.PS: If you are not busy between 5 and 7pm Friday drop by at the happy hour at Via Alloro (301 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210). I am there with friends and I would like to talk to you about our “Tinder for Shoes” app http://bit.ly/shoeenvy .
cant make it today but will see if i can make it one friday while i’m here
Maialino in NYC – great food & atmosphere; opens at 7.30am, always has room, good service…and all without being expensive. Gives your conversation room to breathe and your stomach something to be very happy about =)
always has roomTo me that’s really important. I hate the anxiety of having to wait or guess to get a table anywhere. (That said if it’s so good I wonder why it “always has room”.)
great call. they have great weekday breakfasts and I’ve never seen it very crowded then, whereas it’s always hard to get a table at night.
gonna try this for my next one thanks
we had breakfast there. i forgot to add it on my list of favorites in NYC.
that’s one of my gotos in NYC too
Their Chai Latte is my favorite. Used to my go to spot as well when I lived in Santa Monica. Gave the beach up for New York and 5 degree weather 🙂
we swapped locations!
The weekday lunch special is the protip – worthwhile if you can get away from the office. 12 bucks for a soup and tagine!
* Lai Hong Lounge, SF — dim sum* Le Voltaire, Rive Gauche, Paris — Continental breakfast* The Wolseley, Piccadilly, London — English breakfast* Tonolo Café, Venice, Italy — cakes and amazing cappuccino* Wong Chi Kee, Central, HK — congéeStill trying to discover a great American breakfast place that does fluffy pancakes, mascarpone cream with salted pecans, blueberries and lashings of maple syrup.
Le Voltaire. love that place
Grey Dog in SOHO is my goto spot (http://4sq.com/mZnr3W) great for an early morning breakfast that is close to the office and centrally located enough for most folks.
Coffee shop Union sq. Viand cafe uws.
i boycott the coffee shop in union square. it was my go to for a decade. until they were assholes one day. i have never been back and never will be back.
I told (here on AVC) the story about the gas station across from my office that I stopped going to because they were assholes (the owner actually) one time.Years later I realized that I was the loser not them. I needed them more than they needed me. I had to go out of my way to get gas so I was the one punished.I think about this when I get lox in the am from the deli. They have great lox. And since I’m not in Manhattan there is really no other option. I actually tipped the deli man this year because he cuts it so perfectly.
you were nt the loser. you were inconvenienced on principle. never oatronize assholes.
Nah, Emily, I really don’t agree. I think it’s more important to be rational and attempt to not let it bother you. Not everyone can of course. Life is about bending over and greasing up! BOGU. And understanding the pecking order. The rules are very clearly laid out to me. Gas station close by. Competitor further away and not as convenient. Get over it.People run into this with airlines all the time. Swearing they will never fly XYZ because they were wronged. XYZ doesn’t need your business you need XYZ’s convenient flight. Besides the evil you know and all of that.
Ah, we must agree to disagree. I adhere to a strict set of principles and do not support what I percieve to be bad behavior or bad business practices. Yes, I am at times inconvenienced. But it is just the way I operate and it prevents cognitive / behavioral dissonance.
Swingers….haha wow never thought of that as a breakfast name.
but Green Eggs CafeDirectionsAddress: 1306 Dickinson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147Phone:(215) 226-3447Prices:$$$$Hours: Open today · 8:00 am – 4:00 pmMenu: greeneggscafe.com
Did you see their Chef went to Pearls in the Reading Terminal
I did not. I love the Reading Terminal however very expensive.
Kenmore Diner in Worcester, MA where I went to undergrad. My roommates and I always went for breakfast, and sometimes for midnight breakfast. In New Haven I really like Blue State Coffee.
Gotta try huckleberry in Santa Monica
i go there a lot too. but there’s something very “divey” about Swingers that i dig
That is the PERFECT word, but not scary divey. Imagine this — my first time there — I’m looking for somewhere to eat around 10/11 p.m.after an event at Coloft — Foursquare pulls up SWINGERS — was a little intimidated by the name especially dining ALONE — but actually was perfect. 🙂
In that case recommend cafe Milan highly
so ironic to hear that description of Swingers.As you and I were Swarming about recently, when that place opened up it was seen as relatively flashy for the area, a “there goes the neighborhood (upward)” gentrification point in time.
At Angelhack 2014 my team won the 3-month incubation in Santa Monica by Edmunds.com prize.We decided not to go because the app we hacked wasn’t our primary focus (all of us have jobs) and we didn’t know each other before the hackathon.Still, it’d have been amazing to be based in Edmunds Santa Monica location for 3 mths!
900 Grayson, Berkeley CA 94710
Starbucks, sitting in high-back leather chairs, looking out at Edinburgh castle
You make that sound good.
A quick snap of my coffee this morning. Hope it conveys some of the feeling of this amazing location.
Edinburgh castle from Starbucks
Ralph’s on 55th and 5th. Hemp milk latte.
hemp milk! hmmmmm
Mickeys in St. Paul, http://www.mickeysdiningcar…Pillow Cafe in Brooklyn, http://pillowcafenyc.com/Dottie's Cafe in San Francisco, http://dotties.biz/Cj's Eatery in Seattle, http://www.cjseateryseattle…
great list of restaurants and cities
Pasticceria Andreotti Rome http://www.andreottiroma.it…
that looks great. i’ll need to try it next time. what do you think of http://www.santeustachioilc… coffee
fabolous location for an espresso
that and Tazza D’Oro are my favorite locations there.
that’s not fair. not at all.
Fred, right down the street is the Blue Daisy. Enjoy LA….
i assume i should give it a try
good place to meet, good food (mediterranean style), nice owners.http://www.yelp.com/biz/blu…
The Old Mill Inn in Toronto
University Club of Chicago if I am buying and want to roll out of bed late. I like Wishbone in the West Loop, Bongo Room in Wicker Park, Elly’s in the Gold Coast (or Butch’s), Sweet Maple Cafe in Little Italy, Meli Cafe in River North and Greektown, Original Pancake House, and Lou Mitchell’s near Union Station. I gained ten pounds writing this comment. (You can find them all on Foursquare, Swarm or Yelp)
No Ann Sather? Or is that gone…
Should have added that. Ann Sather on Belmont in Boystown. I don’t hang in Boystown too much. They have the best cinnamon rolls ever there.
Whew, that’s a relief. And a +1 for Lou’s.
Lou’s isn’t the same since it changed hands a bunch of years ago. But, it’s a Chicago historical place….
Anywhere in particular on the North Shore?
Bucks in Woodside CA. Close to my house and the VCs love to be seen there 😉
done many meetings there.
I stop there if I am hungry when I am on my way up to Kings Mountain Archers in Huddert park.
I had heard of Bucks for years but always assumed it was located as a standalone restaurant. The type of side of the road place that people would drive up to on motorcycles and park in the gravel lot. After your comment I just looked it up (again) and was surprised to find that it’s located in a small shopping center.
It’s also one of the few places in the world where it’s hard to tell the difference between a billionaire and a hungover hippie.
breakfast: the great equalizer.
which is why i would never go there
Which is why we like reading your blog!
In the DC metro area the two places tech folks meet are the Silver Diner on International Drive and McLean Family Restaurant in McLean.
I generally do breakfast at home.My favorite sit and drink coffee while catching up on work place is Cafe Creme in Bath Maine.
cold there right about now
So my California born wife reminds me. 🙂 Los Altos Hills is much more to her climactic tastes.
Far smarter than her husband.
which you = wise
then you must have been to ‘the original pancake house’ in Lost Altos.
balthezar in soho
We ate breakfast there right? That was pretty good.
especially after waiting 45 minutes.
never a wait for early reservations
planning is not my strong suit.
Got it.I do a lot of business breakfast meeting and invariably I’m hyper organized about my work schedule.I do a lot of 6 o’clock glasses of wines with clients at my local wine bar and i’m invariably not. (The owners always insure that I have a bar seat though.)
bonus. I wing Balthazar weekdays midday for a pot of mint tea at the bar. can’t be beat.
you are reminding me that i haven’t had their french onion soup in too long.for that i thank you!
that’s one of my four go tos in NYC
Here until NYC warms up.http://www.cafe4gatos.com/#_=_
Pamela’s in Pittsburgh. Best hotcakes….
pancakes are making a run for the win today
These are truly outstanding hotcakes, thin, crispy. Amazing. And Pamela’s is also a NoWaitApp.com restaurant, so much to love about it 🙂
Gjusta for all around food options, zinque for atmosphere, primo passo for coffee deliciousness
joanne loves zinquewhere is prima passo?
It is a bit cliche, but I love Norma’s at the Parker-Meridian in NYC. The Bing Cherry Waffles are crazy. But really everything is good. Downside: the portions and the price. In Santa Monica, Huckelberry for sure.
normas is great
Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PAHanks Place, Chadds Ford, PABohemia Cafe, Chesapeake City, MD
I’ll second Reading Terminal, but that’s my lunch go to when in Philly.
Agree, but the breakfasts are pretty good too: Here is a guide http://www.readingterminalm…
reading is great
Bagels and lox at the office. Actually I am in the process of making a small kitchenette just so I can make breakfast and lunch more easily. (Architect plans below..)
I just did a rough calculation. Based on being at the office 300 days per year and saving 15 minutes per day (no wasted time picking up and waiting) the payback is maybe 6 to 9 months depending on how much you calculate “time” is worth. Not including food cost savings. Most importantly my brain in the morning is more valuable than my brain later in the day. You know as is known you can make numbers say anything you want. So I won’t even present the numbers. But it’s “hand over fist” for sure.
I’m impressed by how you’ve thought this out. The prime brain functioning is an interesting factor. Managing the self as a resource… interesting.
As a kid I had to justify my actions all the time and was under constant scrutiny. So it’s kind of natural for me to have to sell something in this way. In this particular case I didn’t do any math in my head prior to deciding to do this. I didn’t need to I knew intuitively that it was the right thing from many angles.Another example is when I was between houses and instead of driving 1 hour back and forth to my small shore place I decided for 6 weeks to rent a hotel room to live in. I just knew seat of the pants that it made sense based on time, tolls, gas, wear and tear and so on (not to mention being more rested and less stressed). Most people would have rejected doing that as stupid but in retrospect it was a great decision.
so agree. I am surprised at how much people eat breakfast out. I slurp a Soylent at my desk.
I have many friends addicted to Dunkin or Starbucks. I’ll concede the Blueberry muffins they make are delicious and I’ll treat myself once in a while, but the idea of having to go to a place and stand in a line every single morning before work is terribly unappealing.
NYC: Shopsin’s. Locanda Verde.Boulder: Lucile’s.New Orleans: Dizzy’s.Raleigh, NC: Farmer’s market restaurant.
new orleans. yessssss
going to have to try Dizzy’s next time I am there. Been to Mother’s (meh) Camellia Grill (not a fan). Heard Satsuma was good. I see on 4sq the review that says they have best fried chicken in NOLA-best I have ever had is at Dookey Chase’s (and Ms Chase makes the best gumbo too)
Lil’ Dizzy’s in the treme remains one of the greatest breakfasts of my life. fried catfish, grits, griddled biscuits, bacon. one order was enough for 2 meals for me and my wife.
Short and sweet is sometimes just right. Up here in San Jose, two good meet-up spots are: one hole-in-the-wall, Bill’s Cafe (near Santa Clara University, Burbank area or Willow Glen), or more trendy-yummy, Mo’s Cafe in Campbell.
wait, la madeleine in old town, va
best: oatmeal with blueberries and brown sugar and a latte.
in NY: Balthazar, Sarabeth and I need to try Buvette & Montmartre.in Toronto: Le Neuf, Lady Marmelade, School, Gabardine and Marche Movenpick.in SF: Blue Bottle, Tartine, Centro…..but my favorite is a lavish buffet brunch on the week-end. What happened to those? They seem to be disappearing and not in vogue anymore. The one at the Colonnade at the Equinox in Manchester, VT was on top of the list.
tartine is the location that Loic and I “acted out” on stage at LeWeb in December
One of the few things I miss about being on a college meal plan is a hot breakfast buffet available as an option every morning. Though the economics were not that great if you just wanted to get cereal or a bagel (friends used to joke to me “$12 bagel?” when I chose to not get big meals).
Brunch was called out as too yupped-out and “over” recently. Forget where.
I miss lavish Sunday/Saturday buffet brunches at big hotels.
Grape and Grain LES.
brunch is never over. anytime you can drink without guilt before noon – that is timeless.
Graoe and Grain LES. Hardly yupped out
I would love Balthazar even if they served microwave burritos, just for the ambiance 🙂
Great breakfast spot in Santa Monica is M Street Kitchen at 2000 Main St
haven’t been. will try. thanks
…and even better for their chocolate chip cookies.
My Gal Friday.
Want to try this place.Still buy lox there on some Sundays. My mom went there on a date with my dad some 70 years ago. Cool spot and hope the cafe holds up.http://ny.eater.com/2014/5/…
i miss it
Me too. I’ve had to miss the last two Fridays. Having withdraw.
Something to read with your breakfast coffee…http://www.nytimes.com/2015…
i can’t get worked up about this. feels like a press event more than anything. i hope i’m wrong.
Not really keeping up, but I think he’s claiming he wants to put the sharing of communications thru Homeland vs. NSA. Not going to fly.http://www.usatoday.com/sto…
not my takeaway and I like his thinking.
In the Bay Area, no question: The Peninsula Fountain (aka the Creamery) on Emerson in Palo Alto.In West LA, John O’Groats on Pico.In NYC, I like The Breslin or Noho Star.
i have to try John O’Groats. thanks for the tip
Presently, it’s Brookfields: http://brookrest.com/ Wi-fi and wholesome comfort foods.
the scones look great
The scones are quite popular (I have a thing for their biscuits with honey). You have an open invitation should you ever visit the capital city;)
Penny Cluse in Burlington, Vermont. That Zydeco breakfast with an oversize glass of straighup grapefruit juice.. http://www.pennycluse.com/
zydeco breakfast! oh hell yes
Tough one. My kitchen, but outside of that I’d go with Grey Dog on University/12th just south of Union Square. They make a great egg sandy – have great croissants — great setup.
been going to grey dog, initially on carmine, for 15+ years
fwiw — my favorite bfast spot in park city is the eating establishment on upper main street. no frills, but they do a great breakfast.
Cafe Cluny in ChelseaButler and the Chef in South ParkPeg’s Countryside Cafe in Hamel, MN
We have a small diner two miles* from my front door called Longworth’s. Joan Longworth, the owner, hasn’t taken a vacation in 15 years. And I am so glad to pay and tip well for a great diner breakfast.*Where I live, two miles is incredibly close. I realize on Manhattan two miles may seem like a hassle.
Always interesting to me how where people live impacts their sense of scale. In CT 15-20 minutes is probably the typical/max most people will commute. Friends in Boston area barely leave their neighborhoods. A friend who lives in Western MA considers anything within an hour close.
Yes. Where we are, driving for 30 minutes to get just about anywhere is typical.
SF has two kinds of breakfast options: Amazing but stupid-long lines or grab-n-go coffee shops. Of those two options:amazing but stupid long lines: Tartine (mission) and Plow (potrero)Grab-n-go coffee shops: Cento (3rd wave, SOMA), Java Supreme (2nd wave, mission).Wish there were more breakfast dives in SF that I knew of.
There used to be loads of breakfast dives in SF, they all closed.I kind of miss scuzzy SOMA.
We mourned when they closed Brown’s Feedbag years ago.
Ridgeway Diner at 20th and 6th. Just a good old fashion Greek NYC diner, and there are fewer and fewer each year. Wichcraft on 20th and Broadway sometimes too.
I recommend Allpress in London to you.
In Nashville it’s the Loveless Café with their eggs and barbecue with along with a basket of their world famous made from scratch biscuits slathered with their homemade blackberry jam. When I’m in Clearwater, my favorite go to breakfast place is Lenny’s – especially during baseball’s spring training – when the Phillies are getting into shape for the Grapefruit League preseason games. Both are extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. Anyone know of a good breakfast place on the Big Island – Kona side – where a loco moco is done right?
oooh. eggs and barbecue. that sounds great
very Lone Star
also, fido, frothy monkey
Empire State South for breakfast during the week….West Egg for the weekends.
I’ve been perusing comments and making a to do(/eat) list for upcoming trips!
Fred, been to Gjusta in Venice close to Rose yet? I think you will really dig it, it’s the Gjelina team’s bakery/breakfast/mostly take away heaven. Even better – I’m happy to buy tomorrow morning…
i was there on wednesdayyou can’t really sit so its not ideal for business breakfasts
My wife and I call it a commune, you have to use the industrial kitchen supply items as benches and tables. Glad to hear that you have made it though.Another local favorite is Marmalade on Montana, again not the perfect business breakfast but solid food, and of course Primo Passo for coffee before or after
Ah… didn’t know there was a Marmalade in SanMo. Has been a longtime hangout in Malibu, and more recently Westlake Village as well. Although the Malibu/Westlake locations do work well for business breakfast.
1. It’s good to have @jameshrh:disqus in town. I bet breakfast was lively. :)2. 15 minutes from wakeup to destination? Incredible.3. Personally, I prefer Swingers for late night breakfast rather than a.m.4. An old breakfast standby — Marmalade Cafe in Malibu — Flip Wilson used to frequent regularly in his bathrobe. :)5. New standby — Cafe Habana in Malibu — on the patio.6. Edited to add: Malibu Kitchen & Gourmet Country Market — Major Dickason’s blend coffee — very few places to sit– so get it to go and walk to the picnic tables across the street or to the beach — and great eavesdropping if the regulars are there sharing investment tips.7. And: 18th Street Coffee House in Santa Monica — rumored to be owned by Bob Dylan which matches the feel — and they serve Bitches Brew.
Cafe de Flore in Paris, it is just a bit far from Tel Aviv….http://upload.wikimedia.org…
Primo Passo is on 7th + Montana. Best cold brewed coffee in town. Great hot coffee too. Stuart, the owner, is a lovely guy as well. Also, you could check out Deus when u feel like getting your hipster biker/surfer vibe on: http://deuscustoms.com/flag…
For the longest time it was The Standard Grill (http://www.thestandardgrill… – they just do such a great job and it has a really nice vibe for breakfast. I’m kind of searching for one in the NYC/downtown area.
My personal favorite in SF is Plow in Protrero Hill: http://4sq.com/bis5OH. According to 4SQ, it looks like you haven’t been yet. 😉
In San Francisco, I enjoy the delicious & decadent cheese toasties at the Ferry Building Cowgirl Creamery with a Bluebottle latte. But for the best coffee which is essential for breakfast Market Lane in Melbourne wins hands down. Something about Aussies and inventing the flat white?. (I’d love to try Hugh Jackmans Laughing Man in NY, it’s on my list) . Market Lane is all style, cool and culture, they use unhomeginised milk from the Schultz dairy in Timboon, a remote area famous for its cheese where the cows must live like royalty. Their coffee is sourced & blended at their main shop at the Prahran Market. I can’t get enough of it !
grad school: AustinKerbey LaneMagnoliaBruegger’s Bagelsand breakfast tacos anywhere
@TasteeDiner ( I prefer Bethesda but its Silver Spring twin is just as good) kills it in Montgomery County, MD just outside DC. Get the blueberry pancakes or veggie omelette, skip the toast and ask for the biscuits. Cannot eat better in metro DC for $10/head.
Swingers is great, but my favorite breakfast meeting spots in the area are…M Street Kitchen, Swingers (yes), LYFE Kitchen, Superba (both locations in Venice). Enjoy.
Providence has some of the best food I’ve ever eaten, always at a great price. This was my haunt when I was staying therehttp://www.smallpointcafe.comthey have an egg sandwich with Cabot cheddar that I still dream about. The coffee there is nearly perfect. Great beatnik vibe.
There was a place on Smith Hill eons ago with the best egg sandwich on earth and cafe con leche.
I have to meet up with you IN PVD some day!
Yes! Maybe afterwards I’ll take you to the Nature Lab for some super geeking out!
I prefer cooking it. So wherever I can swing a kitchen and seats to feed people
Bookmarked this for future use. So many great suggestions! Foursquare should make an embeddable for this kind of crowd-sourcing. Or do they?
Facebook and Foursquare will both tell you if your friends have been and/or reviewed somewhere which is cool, but the problem is that lacks some of the qualitative insights of this kind of thread. Also on Facebook checking in is a bit noisier to your friends than I think most people would prefer.If I could feed Foursquare a block of text and have it do some natural language processing and sentiment analysis and either append that into my review graph (make it available to me) or just return like an itinerary that’d be neat. If my Disqus profile somehow linked to my Foursquare profile and could slurp up this thread via API it might even have an easier time to associating names/users.
Soho House: a bit further from home, comfortable seats, avg. food – Lafayette: super close to home, comfortable seats, above avg food – The Smile: close to home, least comfortable seats, best food and crowd.
It’s a tie between Grey Dog Chelsea and the counter at Coffee Shop in Union Square!
The Breakfast Club, 1040, Vienna — pretty much is what it says it is, but the coffee sucksLe Bol, 1010, Vienna — best croissants you can get in Vienna, typical coffeeCoffee Pirates, 1080, Vienna — great weekend brunch and among the very best coffee you can get in Vienna.Vienna International Centre Cafeteria — where I end up doing 95% of my breakfast meetings. Cheap, ample, terrible coffee, requires a passport to enter.
In Portland, Ore., Daily Cafe is my favorite breakfast spot. I prefer the Pearl District location with the full breakfast menu, great morning light and strong wifi.
Cafe Gratitude, Venice
hmm, don’t know itneed to change that
if you are coming through Dallas BuzzBrew’s in Deep Ellum. self serve coffee and the wait staff really know the menu and capabilities of the cooks to guide through your decision. ask for Roman http://www.buzzbrews.com
(damn, I’m always late to the fun threads here, few will probably see this).Since I’m living in Mediterranean Europe this half of this year, 1 thing I miss most is ubiquitous American pancake/sausage/eggs breakfast food– and you can forget about “Brunch”.I probably miss Brownstone Pancake Factory in Jersey City the most. I often carbo-loaded there to start NJ/PA motorcycle rides.
AVC.com: 220 comments on breakfastthat is awesome
Arlequin in SF. Superba bread in Venice beach.
When I’m Williamsburg- House of Small Wonders. Best Japanese brunch I’ve ever had.
Cup and Saucer in LES is as charmingly divey as it gets
I’m hoping I can become a regular again. I’ve been gone for a while. My favorite place for breakfast is geographically-dependent:Cupping Room in Hong KongLola in SeattleFriend of a Farmer in Gramercy Square in NYC
I’m late to the party but if you ever come to Montreal you have to try Beauty’s on Mount Royal…they’ve been around for at least 50 years – same owner who is there almost every day still !!! Authentic diner experience 🙂