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Famous breakfast spot?

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Famous breakfast spot?

We are flying into LAX on a red-eye from Hawaii, landing on a Thursday at 6AM. We are heading do Disneyland for the day, but thought we would stop somewhere for breakfast prior to getting to Disneyland.

What/where are a few of the more famous spots to go for breakfast in the LA area? I remember seeing on the Travel Channel about a "diner" that is famous for breakfasts all day long, but can't remember it.

All suggestions greatly appreciated!

---Paul in southern NJ

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1. Re: Famous breakfast spot?

Well, LAX is at the southwest corner of the city of L.A. and you're heading southeast from there so you're not going to really have the opportunity of breakfasting in Los Angeles unless you want to go out of your way a bit.

1. Randy's donuts is a local landmark but it's just a 'donut place' in the nearby city of Inglewood:


They're at 805 W Manchester Bl in Inglewood. Here are some reviews:


2. Pann's is a mid-century coffee shop of some repute:

http://panns.com/ (link and click 'breakfast')



3. Uncle Bills is in the city of Manhattan Beach -- a little bit south of the airport but is well worth a visit:




Hope these help.

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2. Re: Famous breakfast spot?

I'd hit Pann's before it gets busy. Been a while. But, it seemed like the epitome of steady. I doubt much has changed since they opened their doors. Definitely not fancy. Good basic breakfast grub.

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3. Re: Famous breakfast spot?

Looking on Google I think the place you may be thinking of is Swingers Diner, which has two locations - Santa Monica and Hollywood - neither are really along the route from LAX to Disneyland but you could certainly detour if you like.

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4. Re: Famous breakfast spot?

Roscoe's Chicken 'n Waffles ---> less than 3 miles from LAX


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5. Re: Famous breakfast spot?

Honestly, if you want to make the best of Disneyland, just go there and skip the breakfast elsewhere. You can assume it will take you 1 to 2 hours to get out of LAX and the car rental, plus at least an hour to drive, park and shuttle to the entry of Disneyland. If you are going to do a park-hopper, I'd probably go inside California Adventure to the new Cars Land and have breakfast at Flo's V8. They have a nice range of choices at $7.99+tax


You can also get some quick breakfasts at the Grand Californian Hotel, at Whitewater Snacks, or at the La Brea Bakery in DT Disney.

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6. Re: Famous breakfast spot?

I like the suggestion of Pann's. It's an institution. Just north of LAX. Dinah's is a good old fashioned coffee shop in Westchester that might be an option too.

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7. Re: Famous breakfast spot?

I also recommend heading straight to Disneyland.

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8. Re: Famous breakfast spot?

I get off the plane, grab your car and then coffee, a donut and picture (see below) at Randy's Doughnuts and head for the Anaheim area. Go to the Original Pancake House in Anaheim, not far from Disneyland.



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9. Re: Famous breakfast spot?

Let us know what you do and how it works out. I'm curious how this plays out given the broad range of options you've been given.

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10. Re: Famous breakfast spot?

I know that Red Eye from Hawaii gets in very early and you won't get any food on the plane. You'll be hungry when you arrive.

I'd only stop at Pann's, my favorite childhood coffee shop, and then get right on the freeway and head to Disneyland, feeling nourished and awake. It's just a 40 minute drive.