LA has a number of great breakfast spots. My favorite is Sqirl, run by Chef Jennifer Koslow. At Sqirl they serve unique grain bowls that are savory, brightly acidic, herbaceous, and deliciously well-balanced. I really liked their signature dish, the sorrel pesto rice, which comes with tangy goat cheese, pickled radishes and a runny egg. Another delicious grain bowl is their crispy rice with herbs (add an egg and sausage). Here in the Bay Area we have $4 toast, and at Sqirl they make an incredible avocado toast with creme fraiche and pickled carrots, and a brioche toast with homemade jam and ricotta. They also make some specials, salads and sandwiches for lunch, and baked goods (cakes, cookies). As in LA, one must drive there (on Virgil near Silver Lake), and I have always been able to find neighborhood parking. There is seating both inside and out, and usually a line (get there early). Several of Chef Koslow’s recipes have been published in a feature in Bon Appetit, and a cookbook will be published Fall 2016.
Another of my favorites is Huckleberry. I have been baking regularly from Chef Zoe Nathan’s beautiful cookbook before I tried the actual restaurant, which is a bright and cheerful place in Santa Monica. They have a display case with all of their delicious baked goods, and one can also order breakfast dishes, salads, and sandwiches.
Eggslut is located in the bustling downtown LA food hall Grand Central Market. They make egg sandwiches and their signature coddled egg on top of potatoes that is poached in a small glass jar. Delicious.
I am a big fan of Chef Suzanne Goin and her collection of restaurants in LA. The Larder, in Hollywood, serves up delicious breakfast fare and baked goods in a casual atmosphere.