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LA's Best Breakfast - Bread and Porridge

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LA is replete with cafés and diners, many of which claiming that breakfast is their specialty. We here at LAist love the morning meal and have begun a quest for the best breakfast in our fair city. The first stop on our journey? Santa Monica's favorite little neighborhood nook, Bread and Porridge.

When you enter Bread and Porridge, your nose is met with an aromatic mixture of coffee, cinnamon and syrup and, immediately, you are ready to drink down a large cup of the french pressed java and stick a fork into a stack of fruit-filled pancakes.

The decor is lovely. The booths are painted a deep red. A country window allows hungry diners to peek into the pristine kitchen where the staff is whipping up magic. The wait staff wear black aprons and matching bowties. The pancakes are the finest we've had in a LA restaurant, and having our pick of gourmet sausages to accompany them is nothing we will complain about. On this day, we had the spicy chicken andouille and ate every last bit of it.

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Our only complaint is the time it takes to get a seat. There is only so long that we can sit in their new lounge and watch westside locals in their neighborhood uniforms — Louis Vuitton bags and sweatsuit couture for the ladies, wrinkled jeans, cheap tees and flip flops for the gents — chatter on cell phones and natter at each other without needing to stuff our faces. As a group of five, we waited for over an hour and by the time we sat and received our excellent meal, it simply wasn't enough.

LAist recommends Bread and Porridge as the perfect place to bring a date or meet with an old friend on a weekend morning. Just get there early and leave the kids and the cranky out-of-state in-laws at home.

Bread and Porridge is located at 2315 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403. For reservations: (310) 453-4941.