Food & Drink

10 Casual Dining Spots with Killer Breakfast

Start the day right at these West Hollywood restaurants.

West Hollywood boasts more than its fair share of celebrity-filled hot spots like Craig’s, Cecconi’s, Tesse, and Catch. But what about those mornings you crave something a little more relaxed? Breakfast is the perfect time to throw on your favorite casually chic outfit, grab your sunnies and eat something delicious.

Below are some great casual dining options, from the Design District to Santa Monica Boulevard to the Sunset Strip.

Dialog Café

Break the chain restaurant habit and head to this family-owned spot, a reported fave of the Eveleigh staff. This Sunset Strip adjacent spot offers a great patio, WiFi, and wallet-friendly breakfast offerings. Everything is handmade and locally sourced.

Savory: Brisket Verde Breakfast Burrito (Caution: the verde sauce is addictive, and they often run out because it’s THAT popular!)
Sweet: Grilled Nutella Banana Croissant – made fresh daily!
Plant-Forward: Seeded Coconut Granola (gluten-free)

Great White

The beautiful newcomer to the west side of Melrose has hit the ground running with a relaxed yet chic vibe that has locals downloading their app for insider perks. Local tip: This spot is located steps away from the La Peer Hotel, a great launching point for all things in the West Hollywood Design District.

Savory: Poached Eggs on Toast
Sweet:  Banana Bread
Plant-Forward: Blue Smoothie Bowl

The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker

This photogenic spot is a fave amongst the Tik Tok set. The unique design features a sun-drenched patio where one can happily people-watch while sipping on a cappuccino — or a mimosa or two. Make a reservation if you plan on a Sunday brunch because this place gets packed. Local tip: There is plenty of parking in the back.

Savory: The Butcher’s Eggs Benedict
Sweet: Bananas Foster French Toast
Plant-Forward: Yogurt Parfait

Kitchen 24

If BBCM (above) is the spot to people-watch in Sunset Plaza, then Kitchen 24 is where you go to watch the sidewalk show along Santa Monica Boulevard. With a huge patio, convenient parking, and 2-for-1 Mimosas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, this is one of my favorite places to take a casual breakfast meeting.

Savory: Breakfast Brie Melt
Sweet: Belgian Waffle with Strawberries & Whipped Cream
Plant-Forward: Asparagus Benedict

Strings of Life aka S.O.L.

The all-day cafe is a neighborhood fave from the Aussies behind The Botanical Group. It’s bright, sunny, and a perfect spot to throw on your yoga pants and meet a friend. Local Tip: Consider staying at the Le Parc at Melrose located steps away from this lively part of Melrose Avenue.

Savory: Sausage & Egg Brekkie Sandwich
Sweet: Coconut Chia Pudding with mango, kiwi, strawberries, apple and honey yogurt
Plant-Forward: Green Dream Toast
Bonus: Try the Fairy Bread! OMG!

Hugo’s Restaurant

You may have seen their Valley location on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, but West Hollywood locals choose the Santa Monica Boulevard Hugo’s for delicious food with extensive vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. They have a dog-friendly atmosphere and are very popular on Sunday mornings. We may have spotted Joe Manganiello exiting one morning, which makes sense because they have many healthy choices.

Savory: Pasta Papa (highly addictive, you’ve been warned!)
Sweet: Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Plant-Forward: Breakfast Salad

The Butcher’s Daughter

This plant-forward restaurant, cafe, and juice bar pride itself on being a “vegetable slaughterhouse.” We daresay you won’t miss the meat even if you are a devout carnivore. The decor is light and airy, and very photogenic. Local tip: This spot is located steps from the La Peer Hotel, a great launching point for all things in the West Hollywood Design District.

Savory: Country Breakfast (with Italian vegan sausage)
Sweet:  Farmstead Waffles
Plant-Forward: The whole menu is plant-forward!

WeHo Bistro

Once upon a time, I lived in Paris and loved dining outside at the charming cafés and bistros. This West Hollywood staple offers casual French dining right in the heart of our city. There is outdoor patio seating, and they offer catering as well. Like many restaurants in this roundup, they serve breakfast all day.

Savory: Bistro Salmon Benedict
Sweet: Croissant French Toast
Plant Forward: Acai Bowl

Urth Caffé

Urth rose to fame on Entourage and, in that spirit, has evolved into a hotspot where exotic cars and their owners hang out on many nights of the week. During the day, it’s a popular place to sit outdoors and meet a friend for a bite and a big cup of some of LA’s most delicious coffee.

Savory: Breakfast Burrito
Sweet: Urth Bread Pudding Bowl
Plant-Forward: Fresh Corn Waffle (gluten-free)

Mel’s Diner

Although Mel’s may best be known for its late-night dining, its breakfast menu should not be ignored. In fact, night owls can opt to have breakfast in those wee hours of the morning as this iconic diner is open till 4 a.m. on most nights.

Savory: The Hangover
Sweet: Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Hotcakes
Plant-Forward: Vegetarian Three-Egg Omelets

Maxine Tatlonghari
About Maxine Tatlonghari
Maxine Tatlonghari is the award-winning #femalefounder behind the Vanity Girl Hollywood brand. She is also a beauty boss lifestyle blogger and serves as the first Vice Chair of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. She has been featured in Forbes and Huffington Post. She lives, works and plays in West Hollywood.

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