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Steps away from the Director's Guild of America, The Griddle Café produces pancakes in rather mythic proportions and impossibly long waits during the weekend as a result. Once you and your party are seated, you'll find the space is not meant for long leisurely conversations. It should be a non-issue, as you just spent an hour or so catching up with one another while you waited outside. Pancakes arrive in stacks of three with each in the circumference of an Olympic discus. Whereas quantity might otherwise hinder quality, The Griddle Café's manages to avoid this fate. The array of toppings and stylings can average on the sweeter than sweet side. For those who prefer balance in their breakfast sweets, there is the Bluesberry, a set of blueberry-filled pancakes topped with blueberry sour cream. 7916 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Hills West; (323) 874-0377.Fig:
A resident at Fairmont Hotel, Fig sees a fair share of locals and visitors dining on its locally sourced slate of Southern California favorites in breakfast and lunch. Ray Garcia's philosophy of ingredients speaks to the neighborhood, with Fig just blocks away from the twice-a-week farmers market. Like its name, the restaurant interior departs from the more austere lobby. Brunch is similar in sentiment, giving a sense of ease with entrees leaning on what's familiar to Angelenos: a breakfast burrito, huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, a quinoa salad, and a bacon waffle. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 319-3111.The Kitchen:
The Kitchen's brunch menu speaks to the restaurant's age, officially old enough to claim its brunch menu as a classic. It is a well-deserved label, with a pear pancake in caramel sauce having defied a familiar terrain of lemon ricottas for as long as it has done. Suggesting more dinner than breakfast, lunch, or brunch, the fried chicken with eggs that come with garlic mashed potatoes and gravy has nevertheless become a mid-morning favorite. The mimosa and similarly fizzy drinks are priced around $5, which means it takes half the price of the same cocktails at comparable spots to get a friendly buzz. 4348 Fountain Ave., Silver Lake; (323) 874-037.