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Wake Up LA: Auntie Em's Kitchen

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If You don't actually live in Eagle Rock or Highland park, getting out here for a nice weekend breakfast probably feels like joining the Donner party, especially if you're hungry and your belly is screaming "NOW NOW NOW" at you as loudly as a belly can. Which it probably is.

"Why should I drive all the way out there?" I can almost hear you saying as you surrender to the despotism of your appetite. "There's plenty to eat right down the street from my overpriced Los Feliz (adjascent, cough cough) efficiency, and I'm hungry NOW!"

I'll concede that point to you. Sure, there is plenty to eat. And sure, you're hungry now. But you'd be doing yourself, and your demanding belly, a serious disservice by staying home. Unlike your 'hood, Eagle Rock has Auntie Em's Kitchen, a tasteful greasy spoon without all that grease, hidden from the rest of the city behind the hills that dot Los Angeles' east side.

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Housed in a cottage shaped building (which I'm betting actually used to be a cottage,) they serve up delicious breakfast and lunch entrees that, (as stated on their menu,) are made from scratch and use only seasonally available produce, meats, poultry and fish. There's also a cheese shop with many delicious options. Take your concept of a breakfast diner and add a hefty dose of healthful epicurianism - good for both Vegetarians and Meat eaters who like a hearty breakfast but also like distinct flavor and the joy of cooking thrown in for good measure. It's as delicious as it sounds. But better still, unlike eateries with similarly seasonal cuisine in other parts of the city, their menu is as affordable as it is diverse.