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A Bit of a Hugo's Disappointment

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Studio City's Hugo's pops up as the Citysearch's pick for Best Breakfast this year, so when a friend of ours popped up for breakfast, we thought we'd give it a try. The menu is eclectic and inventive, with vegetarian, Italian, and healthy twists to accomodate the best of the actors and studio execs laying low in the Valley. We were feeling particularly indulgent, and opted for their Eggs Benedict, if only to satisfy that strange craving we get for rich, creamy, artery-hardening French sauces. But it was a tough call--they have something called the Desayuno Fuerte (two poached eggs over potato pancakes with sauteed spinach, garlic, onions, tomato and shredded Parmesan) that almost reeled us in, several egg dishes that employ pasta, not to mention pancakes of the likes of pumpkin and blueberry oatmeal to tempt us. Our dining companion opted for the herbed omelette, also eschewing options like the oatmeal frittata and the breakfast pizza. The food came in a timely manner, and we dove right in. Our Benedict was good--the eggs were just right, but the Hollandaise a tad too rich, even for our steely stomach. The fruit we'd ordered on the side was delicious, however, and went above and beyond the standard melon and grape melange. The omelette was the big disappointment, with the veggies falling out all over the place, and no cheese to hold it all together, although the potatoes it came with were a hit. The service was decent (it was tough to get someone to refill our pricey cup of regular coffee), and the atmosphere relaxed, and the prices in the higher range ($8-$10) for breakfast. So it was a bit of a mixed bag at our table--somethings we loved, somethings we'd wished we hadn't ordered. Sometimes, with so many choices, it's tough to make the right one, and we sense we went astray from what makes Hugo's the "Best." A return visit and a different order might turn our disappointment to delight.

12851 Riverside Drive, Studio City
(818) 761-8985
(Another location is in West Hollywood)