Ahhh that first sip of morning coffee. That first bite of scrambled egg. What could be better? Coffee and eggs by the beach of course, that's what. Here are a selection of breakfast venues that will get your day started right. Whether you fancy a passion orange guava juice or a mimosa with your morning meal, prefer a low-key surf shack or an upscale hotel joint, there is something for everyone down by the water.


 
Uncle Bill's Pancake House Zbutton
The lines at Uncle Bill's Pancake House make it look like a rock concert waiting to happen. So arm yourself with a cup of joe, a newspaper and sit tight--the wait is definitely worth it. Once admitted, either feast al fresco for a great view and ocean breezes, or inside when California turns oh-so-chilly. The service is very friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed (despite the crowds), and the food is deliciously affordable. Choose from a range of pancakes, plus French Toast, fantastic omelets and and a ton of side orders to mix-and-match with an array of breakfast palettes. Leaving hungry or disappointed is not an option.
Uncle Bill's Pancake House
1305 Highland Ave.
Manhattan Beach, 90266
(310) 545-5177 

 
The Omelette ParlorZbutton
Take a wild a guess what this place specializes in. Yep. Fluffy egg creations, all of which come served with the parlor's famous O.P. potatoes, English muffin and fruit. A quaint Old world, atmosphere with large nostalgic black-and-white photographs of Californian beaches and imaginatively named omelettes make the parlor a popular outpost; try "The Meter Maid (the richest gal in town)," the "Crazy Jack," or "The Semi Sophisticated" Omelette. Not feeling the omelettes? Opt for the California Benedict--word is it's a big favorite with a "distinct" flavor. On mild days, take advantage of the outdoor patio at the back, but don't eat here if you can't stand the heat. It can be a sun trap on those hot summer days.
2732 Main St.
Santa Monica, 90405
(310) 399-7892
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Coast at Shutters On The Beach
Posh it up a notch and step into the upscale, colonial-meets-New-England-yacht-club Coast cafe and bar at Shutters Hotel on the Beach. Walk across the sand, duck and weave around the bikes on the boardwalk and in you go (remember to dust yourself down because this joint is no egg shack). A sleek, centrally positioned bar tempts brunchers to order booze along with their Eggs Benedict and lemon ricotta pancakes and the miniature Bonne Maman jars of jellies will charm the pants off of just about anyone. So sit back, drink in the view and drink up a fresh mimosa.
1 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, 90405
(310) 587-1707
 
 
Back On The Beach
So Coast isn't on the beach enough for you, eh? Well, walk north of Santa Monica pier on the boardwalk, or take your life in your hands and turn left off PCH, and discover Back On The Beach. The chairs outside are on the sand, so no complaining about the view please. The decor is no great shakes, but when the granduer of the Pacific Ocean is your backdrop, who cares? The Ocean House scramble is a favorite here, as are the breakfast pastas. Fancy something a little healthier? Check out the Marion Davies salad. Hey, it's your breakfast, who says you can't have greens and cranberries with your morning coffee?
445 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, 90402
(310) 393-8282
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Breakfast in Venice in the middle of boardwalk madness? Try the Figtree. Here you can order herbal tisanes with your eggs or enticing elixirs such as "Mind Over Muddle" or "Depth Recharger." Juices and herbs promise rejuvination while people punt their incense and crazy belly dancing out front. Austin's Favorite Omelette is a goody here, and the La Brea raisin brioche french toast is always in demand.  Breakfast is served all day here, so don't worry about turning up late.
429 Ocean Front Walk, #874
Venice, 90291
(310) 392-4937
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Go Hawaiian and head to The Beach Hut in Manhattan Beach. A local favorite, the staff is a big plus here--we've heard tales of waiters remembering the names of patrons who revisit years later. It's not chic, and it's not sexy, but it's good, affordable grub to revive you from your morning surf or your weekend hangover. No, it's not like being in Maui (the shaved ice is not quite authentic), but it's decent place to get POG juice and Spam two blocks from the beach. The teriyaki chicken and sweetbread seem to get everyone smiling. 
 
3713 Highland Ave.
Manhattan Beach90266
(310) 545-8911
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Maybe you don't want eggs clogging up your arteries for breakfast. So how about donuts? A much healthier option; Zelda's offers "world famous" mini donuts. Yes mini. Are they world famous? In the world of Venice they sure are. People rave about them and they're made right before your eyes. Balance out the sugar with a breakfast sandwich, or  just accept that by the time you get to Zelda's, it's most likely already noon and order lunch. Deli sandwiches stacked high with quirky names like "Mr. Electric" (a panini with turkey, prosciutto, avocado, provolone, baby greens and tomatoes and horseradish sauce) and "Professor Ted" (turkey and roast beef with horseradish) are delish. Zelda's is set back from the Venice boardwalk and is take-out only, so grab your sandie, mini confection and a cup of joe and park it in the sand.

9 Westminster Ave.
Venice90291
(310) 314-6458
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