Breakfast seems to be the latest trend in eating, with food blogs and magazines devoted to the best way to cook eggs and new treats to try for brunches. Luckily, you don’t have to mess up your kitchen to get some great breakfast. From quick and easy classics like donuts and burritos, to luxurious brunches and even some less known ways to spend a weekend morning, there are breakfast places all over Pasadena.
Traditional breakfasts never fail to be a filling start to a day. Russell’s and Marston’s are always good choices, given that they both make regular appearances on “best breakfast lists.” The Reyn is also a typical diner, but it has some unusual items as well, like the occasional shrimp and grits or bowl of pho or other special. Sidewalk Café HTS is mostly a coffee shop, but the waffles and breakfast bowls make it more unexpected. Amy’s Patio Café is a cozy spot for a scramble and pancakes. Over at CrepeStudio, you can stuff your face with crepes and more breakfast concoctions.
International brunch options around Pasadena include more than just breakfast burritos. Dim Sum is a brunch tradition all over the San Gabriel Valley and is now being served at the Pasadena outpost of Lunasia Dim Sum House. You can find a combination of French and Asian specialty pastries at 85°C Bakery Café and Middle Eastern takes on breakfast at The Old Sassoon Bakery.
Donuts may not be the healthiest breakfast option, but they sure to make every day seem special. Whether you swing by on your way to work, or take home a box for a brunch treat, there are donuts all over Pasadena, from classic shops like Gladstone Donut House and Mr. Goods Donuts Shop serving old-school fritters to newcomers like Afters, which stuffs their donuts with ice cream.
Pastries are pretty much anything but donuts, although they tend to make an appearance as well. Pasadena has at least one pastry shop tucked into every corner of the city, tempting you to stop in for a chocolate croissant to finish off your quiche. Copenhagen, EuroPane and Seed Bakery are just a few of the top pastry places around town that generate buzz, but LoveBirds, Flour + Tea and plenty of other places that may or may not include cafe in the name are also worth a try. Little Flower Candy Co. offers more than just the sweet treats that its name implies, you can also have a bagel, scramble or just a delicious bowl of oatmeal.
Burritos for breakfast, aka breakfast burritos, are definitely a SoCal staple. The convenience of a flour tortilla wrapped around a full breakfast makes them perfect for getting a full meal on the go. Lucky Boy Burgers and El Super Burrito have great carry out versions, while Yahaira’s Café has not only a breakfast burrito, but two breakfast quesadillas as well.
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