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LA's 12 Best Breakfast Sandwiches Make You Actually Want to Get Out of Bed

Wilder Shaw Published On 03/23/2016 Published On 03/23/2016
breakfast sandwich at Playa Provisions
Ryan Tanaka

The New York Times recently called LA the best breakfast town in the US, and we all know that a) that’s true and b) that’s true partially because of our breakfast sandwiches, which is why we’re gonna tell you about the best breakfast sandwiches in LA. Thank us with bacon burps later.
 

Breakfast sandwich

Playa Provisions

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Playa del Rey

If you like your sandwiches with a side order of terrific ocean views, holla at the breakfast sandwich at Playa Provisions. It’s loaded with an over-easy egg, turkey and bacon sausage, Gruyere, vinegar collards, avocado, and house-pickled habanero hot sauce (!). Oh yeah, they have ice cream too, so no need to wonder what you’re eating after the sandwich is done.

Chanel Perez

Sir Nasty

Locali

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Franklin Village

Even non-vegans can agree that Locali’s Sir Nasty is a winner. Almost like a vegan McGriddle, the Sir Nasty rocks a vegan sausage patty, vegan cheddar, vegan chipotle sauce, maple syrup, Sriracha, and red onion on a sprouted grain english muffin. Locali’s meat substitutes are insanely delicious even for carnivores, so put your doubts away and instead spend your time trying to figure out where to park.

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Breakfast sandwich with bacon and avocado

The Village Bakery and Cafe

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Atwater Village

This miracle factory has an always-rotating specials menu which usually includes some variation of an outstanding breakfast sandwich, but the real prize is its OG always-on-the-menu sandwich. Sink your chompers into two fried eggs and cheddar cheese on a challah bun (and add bacon and avocado because you’re smart).

Connie and Ted’s

Nor’easter breakfast sandwich

Connie and Ted’s

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West Hollywood

This West Hollywood seafood haven, brought to you by the chef behind Providence, just rolled out some knockout brunch options, including the grand prize: its Nor’easter, a beautiful monstrosity of Nueske’s bacon, eggs, FRIED CLAM STRIPS, and tartar sauce on a homemade English muffin. If you know what’s “good” for you, you’re heading there right now.

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Fairfax

Eggslut

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Downtown

Yeah yeah yeah, you’ve heard Egglsut is great a million times  Well the reason you’ve heard Eggslut is great a million times is because Eggslut is great, and it’s impossible to go wrong with any of its treasures, but you definitely want to try the Fairfax. That is, you definitely want to try it only if you like the world’s fluffiest eggs, chives, cheddar, caramelized onions and Sriracha mayo on its signature warm brioche bun.

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The Alex Cohen

Wax Paper

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Frogtown

All right so this isn’t exaaaaaaaaactly a sandwich, but stay with us: this mom & pop sandwich shop names all its sandwiches after NPR hosts including the Alex Cohen: egg salad with dill, onions, capers, mustard seeds, and other goodies on a gigantic Texas toast-sized piece of brioche. Don’t run out the door just yet; you can only get this bad boy on Friday and Saturday mornings. So run out then.

BLD

Fried egg sandwich

BLD

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Fairfax

Neal Fraser’s one of LA’s most famous chefs for a reason, one of which is most definitely the special things BLD is doing in the kitchen. If you don’t believe us, get there immediately, to the fried egg sandwich, with thick cut-Neuske’s bacon, gruyére, and aioli on toasted sourdough. The bread is so tasty, it’s safe to assume that BLD stands for Big Life-changing Dough. Right?

Famous Damus

Sqirl

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East Hollywood

If the extreme trendiness of this place frightens you, take a deep breath and fight your fear; Sqirl is absolutely killer. Though the breakfast-centric cafe is famous for its rice bowls and jam, you’ll be the happiest Jerry or Jane on the block when you order the Famous Damos, which comes loaded with Surryano ham, chives, and scrambled eggs on a ciabatta roll.

Republique

White Trash breakfast sandwich

RĂ©publique

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Hancock Park

We know, we know, we keep telling you to go République. So, ya know, listen to us already because the spot’s whole menu is pure magic, including its breakfast & brunch. On it, you’ll see its breakfast sandwich, with fried egg, pork belly sausage, and American cheese. Bingo.

D3 Eats

Any biscuit sandwich

Division 3

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Glassell Park

D3 is brand spankin’ new, and they’ve got a gorgeous selection of housemade biscuit breakfast sandwiches. In a deli mood? Hit the one with egg, corned beef, and jack. In a Mexican mood? Hit the one with egg, chorizo, avocado, and Jack. In a veggie mood? Hit the one with egg, tomato, zucchini, and avocado. With so many tasty choices, you’ll feel like the world is your biscuit.

GTA

Gjelina Take Away

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Venice

Gjelina’s more casual and accessible offshoot is doin’ it up in Venice with upscale breakfast treats, like daily toast options and three different breakfast sandwiches. We love the GTA (fried egg, braised kale, melted Gruyere, bacon, and hot sauce on an English muffin), but also pretty great are the Turkey Egg (fried egg, sliced turkey, rapini pesto, and fontina on pain de mie), and the Bialy Egg (fried egg, arugula, Harissa ketchup, and Gruyere). Or go for ultimate greatness and order all three.

Carnitas egg in the hole

LocoL

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Watts

Nope, we’re not ready to shut up about Locol yet. Beyond being the single most ambitious opening of the year, Locol’s food is off the damn charts. It was already slaying with its burgers and chicken sandwiches, and now it has just thrown brekkie into the mix. Its egg sandwiches are called “egg in the hole” but actually are sandwich style, and come with a beautiful fast-food style square egg as well as tasty extras like carnitas, machaca, and beans. Oh, and they’re still only $4.

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Wilder Shaw is a regular Thrillist contributor who doesn’t understand why some restaurants don’t even sell breakfast sandwiches. Explain this phenomenon to him on Twitter at @WilderShaw_ and Instagram at @wildershaw.

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1. Locali 5825 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

You wouldn't normally go to a health food store to satisfy your need for a hearty breakfast sandwich, but even non-vegans can agree that Locali’s Sir Nasty is a winner. The Sir Nasty rocks a vegan sausage patty, vegan cheddar, vegan chipotle sauce, maple syrup, Sriracha, and red onion on a sprouted grain english muffin. Locali is known for their surprisingly impressive meat substitutes, so put your doubts away and instead spend your time trying to figure out where to find a parking space.

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2. The Village Bakery and Cafe 3313-3315 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (Atwater Village)

This cheery little light-blue cafe in Atwater Village might look cute but it means business when it comes to their breakfast sandwiches. The rotating menu usually includes multiple variations of the outstanding breakfast sandwich, but there's no potential for failure when you order the original, which is always on the menu and consists of a fluffy challah bun running over with gooey cheese and two fried eggs. Those who favor waking up with something sweet are inclined to order the sugar-sprinkled brioche french toast.

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3. Connie and Ted's 8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

While Connie and Ted's is best known as West Hollywood's seafood haven-brought to you by the chef behind Providence- they serve some knockout brunch options too. Their crown jewel is the Nor’easter, a beautiful monstrosity of Nueske’s bacon, eggs, FRIED CLAM STRIPS, and tartar sauce on a homemade English muffin. Go ahead, treat yourself.

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4. Eggslut 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

Originally a food truck, this Grand Central Market vendor serves a menu entirely centered around eggs. Pricier than your average breakfast sandwich, Eggslut's creations are served on house-made brioche buns and prove that everything is better with an egg on it. The Fairfax, featuring fluffy scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar, caramelized onions, and Sriracha mayo, is a must-order. The stand is located on the Broadway side of the market and has counter-seating.

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5. Wax Paper 2902 Knox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

This mom & pop sandwich shop names all of their sandwiches after NPR hosts, including the Alex Cohen: egg salad with dill, onions, capers, mustard seeds, and other good stuff on a gigantic Texas toast-sized piece of brioche bread. Ok, so it's technically not a sandwich, but they're definitely closely related. They only serve this bad boy on Friday and Saturday mornings, so mark your schedules.

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6. BLD 7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

One of LA's most famous chefs, Neal Fraser, is behind BLD restaurant, so it's no wonder we love it. It has a welcoming upscale café atmosphere, where you can chow down on our favorite item on the menu: the fried egg sandwich. It has thick cut-Neuske’s bacon, gruyére, and aioli on toasted sourdough...so it’s safe to assume that BLD stands for Big Life-changing Dough. Right?

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7. RĂ©publique 624 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Hancock Park)

République is in the heart of Los Angeles, housed in an iconic building built in 1929, where Charlie Chaplin's offices were. This kitchen, bakery, charcuterie counter and raw bar is seriously lit, and everything on the menu will send your tastebuds running in circles. On it, you’ll see its breakfast sandwich, with fried eggs, pork belly sausage, and American cheese. Eat in and enjoy the classic 1920's architecture.

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8. Division 3 3329 Division St, Los Angeles, CA 90065

D3 is new to the neighborhood, and they've already made a name for themselves thanks to their delicious homemade buttery biscuit breakfast sandwiches (for just $4!). It's too hard to only recommend one, because honestly, they're all great and you have a wide variety to choose from. You can take it to go or stay and enjoy your food there on their dog friendly patio.

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9. Gjelina 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

Gjelina is a perennial all-day hotspot in Venice known for its inventive American (dare we say, farm-to-table?) cuisine. In tune with similar restaurants of the California cool breed, its focus is on sharable plates like oysters, grilled and roasted vegetables, steak and seafood, and unusual grains. The real speciality, though, is pizza. The wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pies are topped with meat, vegetable, and cheese combinations like you've never tasted before. Trust us: one meal at Gjelina is all you need to join the ranks of its Angeleno addicts.

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10. Playa Provisions 119 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Brooke Williamson may have been a runner-up on Top Chef, but her beachfront Playa Provisions, which is really four venues in one, is a winner. The food hall-like concept includes Small Batch, a frozen treat stand that sells ice cream by the scoop as well as in sandwiches, popsicles, and floats; King Beach, a quick-serve spot for breakfast, lunch, and dessert; a whiskey bar called Grain; and Dockside, a full-service seafood restaurant that serves a mix of classic and seasonal plates. The complex's dining areas, which include bright blue picnic tables, fire pits, and of course, Pacific views, make the ambience feel as effortlessly laid-back as the food.

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11. LocoL 1950 E 103rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90002

LocoL created a menu based on the principles of sustainability and prides itself on their ingredients being able to cross cultural boundaries. And it shows. Their egg sandwiches are called “egg in the hole” but are actually sandwich style, and come with a beautiful fast-food style square egg as well as tasty extras like carnitas, machaca, and beans. Oh, and they’re still only $4.

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12. Sqirl 720 N Virgil Ave, #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Silverlake)

Sqirl single-handedly made Virgil Village a thing, evidenced by the well-deserved line that snakes out its glass doors and around the corner. Its cult following comes for globally inspired breakfast and lunch dishes at this small, minimalist-chic, vegan-friendly cafe, including a sorrel pesto rice bowl, seared polenta, and seasonal specials like a smoked whitefish tartine and buckwheat pancakes. Speaking of pancakes, you really should make Sqirl your brunch go-to, when it hits a sweet spot between healthy (“Kabbouleh” with crispy brown rice, kale, cauliflower, and sumac) and indulgent (Guittard chocolate and hazelnut butter on thick-cut brioche toast). Make sure you take some homemade, sustainable jam to go, too.

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