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Du-Par's Restaurant & Bakery

12036 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604


  • Daily 24 Hours
  • $$
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Open 24 Hours
  • No Alcohol
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Until its Farmers Market flagship closed, Du-par's was the last of Southern California's quality-obsessed coffee shop chains. Then the chain was sold - to W.W. "Biff" Naylor, whose father founded the Tiny Naylor's chain 80 years ago. Biff installed as chef his daughter Jennifer Naylor, a Wolfgang Puck protégée, and longtime customers who lived and died for Du-par's French toast started contemplating the Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny's. Is the French toast the same? It is not - it's more of the egg-dipped-and-fried school than of the buttery, puddingy variety I had always insisted was the best in town. But to everyone's surprise, Jennifer Naylor's Du-par's is neither a chefly interpretation of a coffee shop, like BLD, nor a parlor of seven-sprout omelets and tofu scrambles. It is, more or less, Du-par's, but with a killer hash browns recipe, very decent bacon from Daily's, and all the tuna melts, Monte Cristos, tri-tip sandwiches and liver-and-onions any coffee-shop aficionado could possibly want.

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