Saturday, January 16, 2010

Eat Out. Ocean Diner [Sunday Brunch].

For our first meeting of the year, we decided to start it out on the right foot at the Ocean Diner in Hermosa Beach.

For those of you who live in the South Bay, the Ocean Diner may be no secret (the lines on Sunday are horrendous), but for good reason.

This small diner has a an amazing menu, with just about every imaginable combination of breakfast food items you can think of: pancakes of all kinds, stuffed French toast, and scrambles, skillets, and omelets galore. The coffee here is also very flavorful.

Leslie ordered the granola banana pancakes, Chau had Suzy's Crunchy French Toast which was rolled in granola and cinnamon, and I ordered their specialty Oatmeal Creme Brulee. It seemed any kind of starchy, sweet breakfast dish came topped with whipped cream and banana slices.

The oatmeal came with caramelized brown sugar on top, and had to be cracked (like creme brulee).

Each of us seemed to think that our food was a bit sweet, or too much of the same flavor for an entire meal. I've come before and loved their many egg concoctions.

The diner is quite small, but has a cozy feeling with warm yellow walls, vintage editions of the LA Times and other Los Angeles papers, and old timey toasters lining the top of one wall. They even have a hot coffee carafe for those waiting outside, and at the end of the meal, a stick of gum stamped with their logo arrives with the check.

-- Lauren Williams

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