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?

#Food and Drink

Comments (Archived):

  1. JimHirshfield

    WTF? Calling it in, bro?Livestream that breakfast convo a la Le Web interview you did. There’s an app for that.

    1. kevando

      It’s small; but this ^ might be my favorite moment on avc.

    2. Mariah Lichtenstern

      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.

      1. fredwilson

        that was my hope actually. didn’t happen

        1. Mariah Lichtenstern

          Heartwarming that you provided an opportunity, Fred.

        2. Robert Metcalf

          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!

        3. Emily Merkle

          check out

      2. Donna Brewington White

        Eavesdropping in restaurants is great fun.

    3. fredwilson

      could we have done that with facetime on my phone?

    4. vangie caban


  2. JimHirshfield

    But….OK…I’ll play along. Best breakfast place is my house. Pancakes with fruit, FTW!

    1. kevando

      Da Bears

    2. LE

      Not seeing you complimenting your wife for that breakfast should we assume that you make that?

      1. JimHirshfield

        Yeah. I am deftly in command of the spatula weekend mornings.

        1. Emily Merkle

          dad’s have a genetic predisposition for spatula-wielding. I literally have never eaten any other pancakes than my father’s.

          1. JimHirshfield

            Funny. My dad made the pancakes, eggs, and sometimes pasta when I was growing up. I don’t think he ever made anything else.

    3. falicon

      What time should I stop by to partake?

      1. JimHirshfield

        Kik me when you’re in the neighborhood.

    4. fredwilson

      oooh. do you cook those pineapples?

      1. JimHirshfield

        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.

        1. panterosa,

          Grill or sauté the pineapple. Extra points if you caramelize them. You can make anyone your slave with that on a good stack.

    5. Donna Brewington White

      You win.

    6. ShanaC

      Yum. Recipe?

    7. Steve Flagg

      That does look awesome. But with the current heat wave here in LA I was inspired to whip up something a bit lighter…

  3. Bruce Warila

    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.

  4. andyswan

    McDonalds with my son

    1. Jess Bachman

      Breakfast with your kids anywhere is a great start to the day.

    2. fredwilson

      anything in particular?

      1. andyswan

        BIG BREAKFAST with hotcakes…he loves it!Btw I’m not complaining…it’s tough to beat ol McDs sausage egg biscuit!!!

        1. Emily Merkle

          they do do that right. so I hear.

    3. Donna Brewington White

      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.

  5. matthughes

    Eating breakfast is my specialty:Boon Fly Cafe – NapaThe 5 Spot – SeattleBirdie’s Cafe – Bend, ORCafe Solange – La JollaSome of my favorites.

    1. Kenneth Rona

      Love 5 spot.

    2. fredwilson

      boon fly is great

  6. Emily Merkle

    I have always hated breakfast, save for my dad’s pancackes.

    1. Emily Merkle

      though brunch is another story. anywhere mimosas hold the oj and fruit

    1. Twain Twain

      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, :(.

    2. fredwilson

      sounds like you know how to cook that dish yourself

      1. laurie kalmanson

        in calm or stormy seas; first boat to grounds daily

  7. Martin Wawrusch

    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 .

    1. fredwilson

      cant make it today but will see if i can make it one friday while i’m here

  8. Kate Huyett

    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 =)

    1. LE

      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”.)

    2. Paul Sanwald

      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.

    3. awaldstein

      gonna try this for my next one thanks

      1. William Mougayar

        we had breakfast there. i forgot to add it on my list of favorites in NYC.

    4. fredwilson

      that’s one of my gotos in NYC too

  9. Adargar

    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 🙂

    1. fredwilson

      we swapped locations!

  10. vishal k gupta

    Café Mogador!

    1. fredwilson

      nice choice

      1. vishal k gupta

        The weekday lunch special is the protip – worthwhile if you can get away from the office. 12 bucks for a soup and tagine!

  11. Twain Twain

    * 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.

    1. fredwilson

      Le Voltaire. love that place

  12. Eric Friedman

    Grey Dog in SOHO is my goto spot ( great for an early morning breakfast that is close to the office and centrally located enough for most folks.

  13. Vijay

    Coffee shop Union sq. Viand cafe uws.

    1. fredwilson

      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.

      1. LE

        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.

        1. Emily Merkle

          you were nt the loser. you were inconvenienced on principle. never oatronize assholes.

          1. LE

            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.

          2. Emily Merkle

            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.

  14. Lucky

    Swingers….haha wow never thought of that as a breakfast name.

    1. Lucky

      but Green Eggs CafeDirectionsAddress: 1306 Dickinson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147Phone:(215) 226-3447Prices:$$$$Hours: Open today · 8:00 am – 4:00 pmMenu:

      1. PhilipSugar

        Did you see their Chef went to Pearls in the Reading Terminal

        1. Lucky

          I did not. I love the Reading Terminal however very expensive.

  15. Matt Zagaja

    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.

  16. John Rhoads

    Gotta try huckleberry in Santa Monica

    1. fredwilson

      i go there a lot too. but there’s something very “divey” about Swingers that i dig

      1. Donna Brewington White

        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. 🙂

      2. John Rhoads

        In that case recommend cafe Milan highly

      3. kenberger

        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.

  17. Twain Twain

    At Angelhack 2014 my team won the 3-month incubation in Santa Monica by 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!

  18. secorp

    900 Grayson, Berkeley CA 94710

  19. Ian Smith

    Starbucks, sitting in high-back leather chairs, looking out at Edinburgh castle

    1. Mario Cantin

      You make that sound good.

    2. fredwilson

      picture please

      1. Ian Smith

        A quick snap of my coffee this morning. Hope it conveys some of the feeling of this amazing location.

      2. Ian Smith

        Edinburgh castle from Starbucks

  20. Tracey Jackson

    Ralph’s on 55th and 5th. Hemp milk latte.

    1. fredwilson

      hemp milk! hmmmmm

    1. fredwilson

      great list of restaurants and cities

    1. William Mougayar

      that looks great. i’ll need to try it next time. what do you think of http://www.santeustachioilc… coffee

      1. Mariano Giovanni Carozzi

        fabolous location for an espresso

        1. William Mougayar

          that and Tazza D’Oro are my favorite locations there.

    2. fredwilson

      that’s not fair. not at all.

  21. Brian Allman

    Fred, right down the street is the Blue Daisy. Enjoy LA….

    1. fredwilson

      i assume i should give it a try

  22. Mario Cantin

    The Old Mill Inn in Toronto

  23. pointsnfigures

    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)

    1. Anne Libby

      No Ann Sather? Or is that gone…

      1. pointsnfigures

        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.

        1. Anne Libby

          Whew, that’s a relief. And a +1 for Lou’s.

          1. pointsnfigures

            Lou’s isn’t the same since it changed hands a bunch of years ago. But, it’s a Chicago historical place….

    2. fredwilson


    3. Donna Brewington White

      Anywhere in particular on the North Shore?

  24. DaveGoulden

    Bucks in Woodside CA. Close to my house and the VCs love to be seen there 😉

    1. awaldstein

      done many meetings there.

    2. ErikSchwartz

      I stop there if I am hungry when I am on my way up to Kings Mountain Archers in Huddert park.

    3. LE

      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.

      1. DaveGoulden

        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.

        1. Emily Merkle

          breakfast: the great equalizer.

    4. fredwilson

      which is why i would never go there

      1. DaveGoulden

        Which is why we like reading your blog!

  25. Michael Pratt

    In the DC metro area the two places tech folks meet are the Silver Diner on International Drive and McLean Family Restaurant in McLean.

  26. ErikSchwartz

    I generally do breakfast at home.My favorite sit and drink coffee while catching up on work place is Cafe Creme in Bath Maine.

    1. fredwilson

      cold there right about now

      1. ErikSchwartz

        So my California born wife reminds me. 🙂 Los Altos Hills is much more to her climactic tastes.

        1. fredwilson

          smart woman

          1. ErikSchwartz

            Far smarter than her husband.

          2. Emily Merkle

            which you = wise

        2. Dasher

          then you must have been to ‘the original pancake house’ in Lost Altos.

  27. awaldstein

    balthezar in soho

    1. pointsnfigures

      We ate breakfast there right? That was pretty good.

      1. Emily Merkle

        especially after waiting 45 minutes.

        1. awaldstein

          never a wait for early reservations

          1. Emily Merkle

            planning is not my strong suit.

          2. awaldstein

            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.)

          3. Emily Merkle

            bonus. I wing Balthazar weekdays midday for a pot of mint tea at the bar. can’t be beat.

          4. awaldstein

            you are reminding me that i haven’t had their french onion soup in too long.for that i thank you!

          5. Emily Merkle

            de nada

    2. fredwilson

      that’s one of my four go tos in NYC

    1. fredwilson


  28. johnmccarthy

    Pamela’s in Pittsburgh. Best hotcakes….

    1. fredwilson

      pancakes are making a run for the win today

    2. johnmccarthy

      These are truly outstanding hotcakes, thin, crispy. Amazing. And Pamela’s is also a restaurant, so much to love about it 🙂

  29. gordongould

    Gjusta for all around food options, zinque for atmosphere, primo passo for coffee deliciousness

    1. fredwilson

      joanne loves zinquewhere is prima passo?

  30. Kenneth Rona

    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.

    1. fredwilson

      normas is great

  31. PhilipSugar

    Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PAHanks Place, Chadds Ford, PABohemia Cafe, Chesapeake City, MD

    1. kirklove

      I’ll second Reading Terminal, but that’s my lunch go to when in Philly.

    2. fredwilson

      reading is great

  32. LE

    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..)

    1. fredwilson


      1. LE

        I just did a rough calculation. [1]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.[1] 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.

        1. Donna Brewington White

          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.

          1. LE

            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.

        2. Emily Merkle

          so agree. I am surprised at how much people eat breakfast out. I slurp a Soylent at my desk.

          1. Matt Zagaja

            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.

  33. Paul Sanwald

    NYC: Shopsin’s. Locanda Verde.Boulder: Lucile’s.New Orleans: Dizzy’s.Raleigh, NC: Farmer’s market restaurant.

    1. fredwilson

      new orleans. yessssss

      1. pointsnfigures

        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)

      2. Paul Sanwald

        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.

  34. jeff ludlum.

    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.

  35. Emily Merkle

    wait, la madeleine in old town, va

    1. fredwilson

      old town!

      1. Emily Merkle

        best: oatmeal with blueberries and brown sugar and a latte.

  36. William Mougayar

    in NY: Balthazar, Sarabeth and I need to try Buvette & Toronto: Le Neuf, Lady Marmelade, School, Gabardine and Marche 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.

    1. fredwilson

      tartine is the location that Loic and I “acted out” on stage at LeWeb in December

    2. Matt Zagaja

      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).

    3. panterosa,

      Brunch was called out as too yupped-out and “over” recently. Forget where.

      1. William Mougayar

        I miss lavish Sunday/Saturday buffet brunches at big hotels.

        1. Emily Merkle

          Grape and Grain LES.

      2. Emily Merkle

        brunch is never over. anytime you can drink without guilt before noon – that is timeless.

      3. Emily Merkle

        Graoe and Grain LES. Hardly yupped out

    4. Kirsten Lambertsen

      I would love Balthazar even if they served microwave burritos, just for the ambiance 🙂

  37. daveschappell

    Great breakfast spot in Santa Monica is M Street Kitchen at 2000 Main St

    1. fredwilson

      haven’t been. will try. thanks

      1. Amit Snyderman

        …and even better for their chocolate chip cookies.

  38. kirklove

    My Gal Friday.

    1. awaldstein

      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.

    2. fredwilson

      i miss it

      1. kirklove

        Me too. I’ve had to miss the last two Fridays. Having withdraw.

    1. fredwilson

      i can’t get worked up about this. feels like a press event more than anything. i hope i’m wrong.

      1. Dave W Baldwin

        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.

        1. Emily Merkle

          not my takeaway and I like his thinking.

  39. rimalovski

    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.

    1. fredwilson

      i have to try John O’Groats. thanks for the tip

  40. Mariah Lichtenstern

    Presently, it’s Brookfields: Wi-fi and wholesome comfort foods.

    1. fredwilson

      the scones look great

      1. Mariah Lichtenstern

        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;)

  41. Jess Bachman

    Penny Cluse in Burlington, Vermont. That Zydeco breakfast with an oversize glass of straighup grapefruit juice..

    1. fredwilson

      zydeco breakfast! oh hell yes

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  43. Andrew Kennedy

    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.

    1. fredwilson

      been going to grey dog, initially on carmine, for 15+ years

      1. Andrew Kennedy

        fwiw — my favorite bfast spot in park city is the eating establishment on upper main street. no frills, but they do a great breakfast.

  44. Tyler Hayes

    Cafe Cluny in ChelseaButler and the Chef in South ParkPeg’s Countryside Cafe in Hamel, MN

  45. Colin Devroe

    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.

    1. Matt Zagaja

      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.

      1. Colin Devroe

        Yes. Where we are, driving for 30 minutes to get just about anywhere is typical.

  46. bmathes

    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.

    1. ErikSchwartz

      There used to be loads of breakfast dives in SF, they all closed.I kind of miss scuzzy SOMA.

    2. Kirsten Lambertsen

      We mourned when they closed Brown’s Feedbag years ago.

  47. Rob Underwood

    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.

  48. Ben Hutchinson

    I recommend Allpress in London to you.

  49. Tom_Nocera

    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?

    1. fredwilson

      oooh. eggs and barbecue. that sounds great

      1. Emily Merkle

        very Lone Star

    2. laurie kalmanson

      also, fido, frothy monkey

  50. schultzmj

    Empire State South for breakfast during the week….West Egg for the weekends.

  51. Mordy Greenspan

    I’ve been perusing comments and making a to do(/eat) list for upcoming trips!

  52. Jitle

    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…

    1. fredwilson

      i was there on wednesdayyou can’t really sit so its not ideal for business breakfasts

      1. Jitle

        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

        1. Donna Brewington White

          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.

  53. Donna Brewington White

    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.

  54. gordongould

    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:

  55. Jake Baker

    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.

  56. Holger Luedorf

    My personal favorite in SF is Plow in Protrero Hill: According to 4SQ, it looks like you haven’t been yet. 😉

  57. Marissa_NYx

    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 !

  58. Emily Merkle

    grad school: AustinKerbey LaneMagnoliaBruegger’s Bagelsand breakfast tacos anywhere

  59. Paul Meloan

    @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.

  60. Clint Schaff

    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.

  61. Kirsten Lambertsen

    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.

    1. panterosa,

      There was a place on Smith Hill eons ago with the best egg sandwich on earth and cafe con leche.

      1. Kirsten Lambertsen

        I have to meet up with you IN PVD some day!

        1. panterosa,

          Yes! Maybe afterwards I’ll take you to the Nature Lab for some super geeking out!

  62. ShanaC

    I prefer cooking it. So wherever I can swing a kitchen and seats to feed people

  63. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Bookmarked this for future use. So many great suggestions! Foursquare should make an embeddable for this kind of crowd-sourcing. Or do they?

    1. Matt Zagaja

      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.

  64. Patrick Keane

    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.

  65. mdudas

    It’s a tie between Grey Dog Chelsea and the counter at Coffee Shop in Union Square!

  66. scottythebody

    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.

  67. toddsattersten

    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.

  68. Richard

    Cafe Gratitude, Venice

    1. fredwilson

      hmm, don’t know itneed to change that

  69. BillMcNeely

    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

  70. kenberger

    (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.

  71. laurie kalmanson 220 comments on breakfastthat is awesome

    1. fredwilson

      sure is

  72. Ericson

    Arlequin in SF. Superba bread in Venice beach.

  73. vishal k gupta

    When I’m Williamsburg- House of Small Wonders. Best Japanese brunch I’ve ever had.

  74. Nick Devane

    Cup and Saucer in LES is as charmingly divey as it gets

  75. Douglas Crets

    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

  76. Ovidiu Schiopu

    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 🙂

  77. fredwilson