The 10 Best Breakfast Sandwiches in L.A.
From each perfectly orange oozing yolk, to every smoky bite of bacon or herb-flecked sausage between a piece of toast or warm brioche bun, eating a truly great breakfast sandwich can become something of a spiritual experience.
That's especially true in Los Angeles, a city with no shortage of outstanding breakfast sandwiches to satiate your most basic first-meal-of-the-day desires. From a fried clam–and-bacon sandwich to an homage to the McMuffin, here are 10 delicious options to start your day off right.
This WeHo seafood spot by chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence focuses on turning out top-notch, East Coast–style seafood, from fried clam strips and lobster rolls to house-smoked bluefish dip and fish and chips. But if you think seafood may not seem like a breakfast thing, think again: It also has one of the most delicious brunch menus in the neighborhood, which is where you'll find the gorgeous seafood-stuffed breakfast sandwich dubbed simply the Nor'easter. This beauty comes with buttery house-made English muffins stuffed full of fluffy scrambled eggs, Nueske's smoked bacon, crunchy fried clams, Hook's cheddar and tartar sauce. We knew clams and bacon were a good pairing before, but now we're pretty sure they're made for one another. 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; (323) 848-2722, connieandteds.com.
Fairfax sandwich at Eggslut
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To say chef Alvin Cailan's breakfast sandwiches have amassed a cult following is an understatement. The food truck turned Grand Central Market mainstay garners daily lines of hungry fanatics looking to indulge in Cailan's egg sandwiches on a brioche bun. While you may have to get in line for it, the bacon-topped over-medium egg with cheddar cheese and chipotle ketchup sandwich and fan favorite Fairfax, with soft scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar, caramelized onion and Sriracha mayo are well worth the wait. Plus, if you're a breakfast sandwich fan, you can get these babies all day, every day, at least until Eggslut closes at 4 p.m. 317 S. Broadway, downtown; (213) 625-0292, eggslut.com.
Braised bacon breakfast sandwich and bagel sandwich
Courtesy of the Rose
The recently revamped Rose Café under chef Jason Neroni has become a favorite among Venice locals. The perpetually buzzing space offers everything from take-away deli sandwiches and salads to a stellar bakery, coffee bar and a beautiful outdoor patio perfect to enjoy Neroni's take on the breakfast sandwich. What makes this sandwich stand out is the thick-cut, juniper-braised bacon, which Neroni keeps deliciously simple with the addition of smoked cheddar and a perfectly fried egg. 220 Rose Ave., Venice; (310) 399-0711, rosecafe.com.
This wonderfully nostalgic, chef-driven fast-food concept takes classic American comfort sandwiches and kicks them up a notch with high-quality ingredients and lots of skill. Perhaps the most gluttonously glorious item on the menu is the Dagwood, which consists of a fried egg, tater tots, Provel cheese, Round sauce, mayo and your choice of Nueske's bacon, sausage or the signature roast beef, all served on an onion bun. Let's just say you'll probably be skipping lunch. 1000 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-Wilshire; (323) 549-9445, eattopround.com.
While some might argue that sister restaurant Gjelina's take-away spot, GTA, should be on this list, Gjusta takes the cake (er, sandwich) when it comes to breakfast. Why? GTA cuts off breakfast at 11:30 a.m. and you can get your hands on the exact same delicious egg sandwich (simply called egg sandwich at Gjusta) or the sesame bialy egg sandwich with arugula, harissa ketchup and bacon (oddly without the additional GTA bacon charge) all day long. Enough said. 320 Sunset Ave., Venice; (310)695-1748 , gjusta.com.Next Page
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