Wake up, guys! It’s time to roll out of bed and enjoy the beauty of our marvelous little beach towns. Whether you’re getting up early for a workout or you have the chance to sleep in, everybody needs a solid meal to kick start their day. Luckily for us South Bay-ers, there are endless options to choose from. If you’re in Hermosa Beach or close by, here are seven restaurants with killer menus, delicious choices, healthy options, great service, and unique specialties that will surely leave a pancake-sized stamp on your heart forever.
Tammie’s Corner House Cafe
Tammie’s Corner House Cafe – 190 Hermosa Ave. (310) 372-4712
Tammie Los, proud owner of this spot, grew up in the South Bay and has spent her life cooking and baking. Her business started with her selling muffins and breakfast pastries to friends and then spread to local cafes. In 2008, she was able to bring her successfully run cafe from Torrance down to Hermosa and expanded her menu to lunch and dinner. Tammie knows her stuff, you can trust her with your tummy.
Tammie’s menu is stocked with delicious breakfast options from omelets to crepes, and from lattes to shakes. My favorite thing at Tammie’s though? The homemade salsa. Any egg or hash brown selection just wouldn’t be the same without it drizzled on top. I’d take it home by the gallon if I could.
Crème de la Crêpe
Crème de la Crêpe – 424 Pier Ave. (310) 937-2822
With locations in Redondo, Manhattan and Hermosa Beach, this French restaurant is clearly the #1 choice in the crêpe department. Their buckwheat breakfast crêpes are made with gluten free batter and are absolutely wonderful. I’m a huge fan of the paysanne crêpe (spicy chicken sausages, onions, bell peppers, scrambled egg & melted jack cheese) but the daph’ crêpe (cinnamon baked apples & brown sugar topped with toasted almonds) satisfies my sweet tooth and reminds me of chilly autumn mornings growing up in New England. Try them. Try all of them. Crêpe-out.
Hennessey’s Tavern – 8 Pier Ave. (310) 372-5759
Another multi-location favorite, this Irish pub has Taverns all the way down the SoCal coast, plus one in Las Vegas! The Hermosa location on the Pier is right across from the sand. There’s a roof deck with a bar, or you can sit and people watch in the patio seating out front. They have every breakfast staple you can think of, and I have yet to find a better tasting Bloody Mary anywhere in the country than the one featured on the Hennessey’s menu. If you’re looking for something sweet, filling and dripping with childhood nostalgia to start your day, then you MUST order their Cap’n Crunch French Toast. It tastes as awesome as it sounds.
Gum Tree – 238 Pier Ave. (310) 376-8733
This place is so South Bay. Whenever I have friends or family in town, I take them to Gum Tree. It’s more than a cafe and it’s more than a shop. It’s both and it’s beautiful, which makes it a delightful experience. You can head in for a freshly made breakfast sandwich (I like to add a side of their healthy mac & cheese if I’m in need of an edible pick-me-up), and then head into their shop for cool and unique jewelry or home decor. Also, they have great coffee and their ginger lemonade is spectacular.
Abigaile – 1301 Manhattan Ave. (310) 798-8227
To me, Abigaile is the Rashida Jones of breakfast spots. I know that may sound strange, but mentally, I can’t seem to shake the comparison. Rashida Jones is cool, in a way that makes her seem three steps ahead of everyone else when it comes to trends and style. She’s different, with an exotic and brilliant allure that makes you instantly trust whatever she’s into and whatever she wants to share with you.
To help you understand what I mean, aside from my obvious girl crush on Rashida Jones, Abigaile’s description on their ‘About’ page says, “It’s been a church, an artists’ co-op, a rehearsal space for Black Flag … always a gathering place … This time, it’s Abigaile. Abigaile is about sharing and exploring food without boundaries, gimmicks or pretense. Our dishes are always evolving based on the availability of quality market ingredients, and often, a creative whim.”
With menu options like, lemon ricotta pancakes, `breakfast ‘poptart’ and ‘mc_abigaile’ breakfast sando combo #1, I’m instantly ready for a new food adventure every time I go.
Martha’s 22nd Street Grill
Martha’s 22nd Street Grill – 25 22nd St. (310) 376-7786
Don’t worry, Hermosans, there’s no way I would forget about Martha’s. In fact, I’ve saved the best for last. It’s safe to say that this is the overall favorite brunch spot for locals. If you’re heading there on a weekend, be prepared to wait for a table. I promise you though, your patience and your obnoxiously loud growling stomach will be rewarded once you take your seat. They have plenty of dishes that are so good they’ll ruin you for all other brunch spots, but their signature dishes (like the white corn scramble) will recruit you into becoming one of their many regular and loyal customers, on just the first bite. Speaking of…see you Saturday, Martha’s!
Did I miss one of your favorites? What’s your favorite breakfast/brunch spot in Hermosa Beach? Let me know in the comments.