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L.A.: The Best Breakfast City in America

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(Above: Kings Road Café, 8361 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA; 323-655-9044; www.kingsroadcafe.com)

To visit L.A. is to act like you wear $300 chinos and drive a black Range Rover and wear sunglasses that would otherwise embarrass you. And to wake up in L.A. is to pretend that you don't have a job and eat breakfast at 10 a.m. L. A. is a breakfast town. Breakfast at ten in Cleveland or Houston is a lonely affair, where you'll meet the kind of people who steal Sweet’N Low and talk to their lottery tickets. In L.A., though, if you go eat a scramblette at Toast or some raspberry and lemon pancakes at Griddle Café, you'll be surrounded by people who seem famous even if they're not. Plus, there's the food—killer coffee at Kings Road, omelets with caramelized onions at the Chateau Marmont, huevos rancheros basically everywhere, and all that great produce (never have breakfast in L.A. without at least one avocado). It's a breakfast town because it's a town where people actually eat breakfast, at restaurants, every day of the week, where there are dedicated breakfast spots instead of lame brunch places. And it's one of the few locations where there's no shame in ordering the egg-white omelet with veggie bacon. Because L.A. is a place where, in general, there is no shame.—devin friedman

Photo: Cedric Angeles

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