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AHJamal
AHJamal

09/06/2008

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Can you spell mediocre...

My GF and I had breakfast here over the weekend. Man, the line was wrapped around the corner of the building. The place is super tiny inside and they have seating outside.... but you are literally dining on the sidewalk. We ended up sitting outside... and man was it hot! Then all these hungry people are starring at you grub. Awkward! The portions are huge! My GF had ""the Cabalerro"" & I had the ""Gone Shrimping."" Both were egg specialty dishes. My GF liked her dish. But mine was so so. I wouldn't have it again. Service is rushed, I must agree, because they are THAT busy. But if you have an appetite.. this place will not let you down.

Debbco
Debbco

08/23/2008

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I find it funny......

I find it funny that people get mad a restaurant for being so popular. There are X amount of seats and if more than X show up, (hmm.. not the restaurants' fault) you have to wait. And if the kitchen gets weeded, oh my goodness... shame on the restaurant again. Hint: Don't show up at a popular breakfast restaurant at 10:30 AM on a Saturday morning and expect service like you are going to be the only people there. You have a choice. Leave when you find out the wait. Go back at a slower time when they have to time to meet your expectations.

mhb1954
mhb1954

07/05/2008

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I write while I digest... adendum for 09FEB09

Just returned from Griddle Cafe. Overall, I like going there, but the wait, food, and service are sometimes sub-par. I don't mind waiting 40 minutes for a table if I'm going to be served promptly, but we (two of us) waited another 40 minutes for food AFTER we gave our order. I inquired about the length of time it was taking to two servers working our table, and they both acted like it just ""comes with the territory,"" as if to imply, ""we are wonderful and so you have to wait longer to get your food."" I can't say that the food was exceptional, but it wasn't awful either. You just have to be prepared to wait. If the service had been more expeditious, I wouldn't hesitate to give another star or two. But the extended wait and attitude didn't come across well. The place is too frenetic to say it's a ""nice place to enjoy a breakfast."" They could benefit from having more help (seems like they could afford it what with the number of people who are so eager to dine there). Griddle doesn't rank up there among the great breakfast places, it's just medium good with some attitude. RETURNED on 09FEB09: waited in line to be seated, first couple in a line of five couples to be seated, took forever to put in an order, wait help running around, disorganized, not particularly warm or friendly, finally ate AFTER the other four couples were served. Very annoying, and no ""thank you"" or good bye when the check came. It's amazing what poor service these popular places have. The place is a disorganized scramble, pun intended. Food was ok, but not terrific. I would look to IHOP or Denny's next time. It's just as good and probably comes with more appreciation. Nowadays, you can't afford to be too kind or too thankful. Deducting one star: thumbs down to Griddle.

guest100
guest100

06/14/2008

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yummy yummy for my tummy

ive been here numberous times. any excuse to come i will come. my family is probably the hardest to please since they THINK they are gourmets of the world. so in that since it was finally NICE to hear something nice about a restaurant instead of ' eh .. it was ok...eh it was fine or this was what was wrong with it.."" etc etc when my uncle from taiwan came i took him and his wife here. they call it a ""special ...restaurant"" even my grandmother loves it here. she loves the irish cream o'latte and the pumpkin pancakes (to me it tastes like gingerbread..yumm) i normally get the ""gone shrimpin"" or the shrimp egg white omlete...yummmmmmmyyy... the french press coffee is pretty good too!!

foodie114
foodie114

05/22/2008

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Delicious pancakes, huge portions!

I ordered their banana pancakes...they were so good! But, be warned, if you order pancakes you will probably want to share. I barely made a dent in my pile of pancakes and I felt very full. It is also pretty cheap for all that food! Also, I think the waitress made a mistake, but she gave us our mimosas for free!

deshavu
deshavu

05/11/2008

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Worth it!

So i took my mom there on Mother's day-- they open at 7 and I figured since I didn't make any reservations but still wanted to take her out-- we should go earlier. The Griddle Cafe was already packed by 8:30a but the host was great-- any available room, he was asking around and trying to fit everyone in as fast as possible.
So we sat at the counter-- WHICH I TOTALLY RECOMMEND! (it was aesthetically awesome) the server was great-- casual, joked around a bit despite the chaos of the atmosphere. The menu was unique-- I got the delicious lemon-raspberry pancakes. yuuuummmm. The food took a little while to come out-- maybe because the place was packed, maybe because the kitchen was small and there was only 3-4 cooks, but we weren't in a rush, so it was ok.
FYI, the food there is HUGE. Well, the pancakes didn't fit onto the plate, the whip cream on my coconut choco-latte was overflowing... I felt as if i was a little kid in a dream of massive food.
Overall, the experience was great. My mom enjoyed the place too and it kicked off a great day-- not to mention I now have breakfast leftovers for a few days.

MidwestNative
MidwestNative

03/03/2008

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A lot of bad food is still bad food

I don't really get why there is always a wait at this place. It didn't impress me at all. First, the portions are just stupid...people are dying in Africa (heck they are dying in downtown LA). Secondly, the food has no flavor. I have to put butter, sugar and syrup on the pancakes to give them any kind of flavor. The scrambles are boring as well...I think the cheese is from smart and final. I guess the only way to offer so much food for the prices is to skimp on quality ingredients. The other complain I have...and I hate to complain...is that the waiters all look a tad dirty. Some of them are very cute, but to serve food I think a little more hygiene would be appreciated. On the bright side, I am 33...maybe I'm just too darn old for this much ""coolness"".

nikkimouse
nikkimouse

01/20/2008

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good food but slow service

I decided to go here after reading good reviews. When I got there, there was a long line. No one wanted to to sit outside so I only waited 15 minutes to be seated. After I sat down, waiter came after 20 minutes. I had blueberry pancakes. It had blueberry yogurt on top. The size of this pancake was big enough for 4 people. Try their coffee its pretty good. By the way, it took 45 minutes to get my panckes. After my meal, I had to wait another 30 minutes for my check (because I never saw my waiter again so I had to ask the host for my check.) Food is good, people are friendly, its a cute little place, but to me, its not worth waiting.

hayesld
hayesld

11/28/2007

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Great Pancakes, HUGE portions!

We went while visiting some friends of ours in LA who are regulars. The recess time pancakes are awesome! If you like the crumble struesel stuff on top of coffee cakes and apple pies then you will love them. I got the bubba something french toast that was supposed to be peanut buttery but it was not at all and basically tasted like cinamon toast crunch on top of regular french toast. My husband ordered the recess time (1 pancake) and I ended up eating his more than mine. We also ordered the Chicago Scramble to share which was very good (eggs mixed with sausage, peppers, and bacon). Between the half order of french toast, pancakes and the scramble we had WAY too much food and were stuffed. The coffe is wonderful and they serve it in your own french press. Our friends split the chili chese fries which were like none I'd ever seen. You can choose your toppings and they had pepers and stuff and I had one and it was great. We were able to get a table outside right away (not as busy during the thanksgiving weekend) but our friends said you could wait more than an hour at lunch time. The street was noisy being right on Sunset but it was a fun atmosphere and the weather was great so we didn't mind. Another nice breakfast place (awesome pastires, cupcakes, more great coffee, and eggs benedict among usuall lunch and breakfast fare) is the Litterati Cafe.

jhoolko
jhoolko

11/19/2007

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More than just pancakes!!

First off, I hate pancakes. So I basically had to be dragged to Griddle Cafe the first time I went. After my first meal, I discovered a few things. First, the Cobb Omelette is absolutely delicious and an excellent savory option on a menu geared a little towards the sweet tooth-type. Second, I found out that pancakes can be good! I still would lean towards the fantastic egg dishes, but for anyone who likes a good pancake now and then, this is your place. The pumpkin pancakes really are like a mix of pumpkin pie and pancake, moist, delicious, and enormous. The sow your oats are a great take on traditional pancakes and good for the less adventurous. Teacher's pet (stuffed with apples) is super sweet and waaay too much for one person to handle, so split it! Really, you should split everything on the menu. All the items are huge and extremely rich, plus splitting gives you a chance to try more than one thing. Next time I might even abandon my favorite omelette to try the creme de la creme!
Basically everything you've heard about this place is true (though I've never had a problem with the wait). The waiters are the up and coming Hollywood type, the clientele is entertaining, and the food is delicious. A great stop for a late Sunday breakfast!

adamgator
adamgator

10/30/2007

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Beat breakfast in Los Angeles - perhaps anywhere. Lives up to all the hype. Line's around the corn

Griddle Cafe is just fantastic, top to bottom. It's the best breakfast spot in LA and beyond. Get there early, especially on weekends. Pet friendly at the outdoor tables - they also fill up fast. Celeb visits are common - 2 VIP rooms. Sunday seems more busy - go early! Friendly service. Even bring water for my dog. Coffee is expensive but delicious and comes in individual french press pots - lots of flavors. Refills included. The pancakes are just spectacular - to look at, smell and taste! The pumpkin pancakes are my favorite but really, they are all fantastic. Huge portions - 1 order feeds my wife and I for 2+ meals. Bring several friends and split a few orders - real fun. We bring all of our out-of-town family and friends then go walk it off at tourist Hollywood Blvd or Runyon Canyon park. Hash browns are also awesome. So is the home-made oatmeal and whip cream. The french toast is decadent and awesome! There's one covered in peanut butter and crunchy waffers - mmmm! So bring your friends, appetites, exercise shoes and insulin. Come early or bring a newspaper. Don't believe a negative review on this place. Also - they will not seat incomplete parties - lines get too long.

lmguzman
lmguzman

09/28/2007

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The Golden Ticket Pancakes are to die for

The Griddle Cafe is the best place for pancakes anywhere. My husband ordered the Golden Ticket and they had the best flavor. If you like banana nut bread, you will love these. Tastes like the bread right out of the oven with lots of walnuts; then they top it with the absolute best whipped cream ever. I ordered the french toast with cinnamon apples. If I hadn't tried my husbands pancakes, I would have said the french toast was great, but the pancakes are to die for.

We went 2 days in a row and we waited on Saturday (just my husband and myself) for 10 minutes and on Sunday (with a party of 9) for almost an hour....worth every minute and every $. If you split the pancakes, which a family of 3 or 4 could easily do, and order a side of bacon or sausage, you can get out of there only spending $20.00 plus tax and tip.

We found parking easily across the street, near the gas station pretty easily both days...trust me you'll need the walk after all the food.

My husband ordered the french press coffee mild. He is not a serious coffee drinker, and it was definitely too strong for him.

We are planning to go back soon.

grendlekitty
grendlekitty

09/11/2007

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By the time you leave, you'll feel as though you've eaten 5 lbs of flour, in a good way

I always take people visiting from out of town to the Griddle. There's always a wait for a seat, it's loud and crowded inside, the waiter/waitress or host/hostess is likely to be rude/wierd, and you'll probably feel like dying if you make it halfway through one of their entrees. However, I always have a good time regardless, the food is always impressive, the coffee is AMAZING (you get your own French press) and it makes for fantastic people watching. I always try to share meals with people, because I can't resist getting something sweet, but I also can't resist their chili omelet. If you only eat there once I recommend the peanut-bubba french toast. It's amazing, served with a large dollop of real whipped cream.

scsc9999
scsc9999

08/26/2007

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Overrated...

I thought that this place was okay, not great. I ordered the protein scramble (forgot the name), and it was running and lacked salt! I had to add SO MUCH salt to make it palatable. Also, the wait staff is very busy- it's annoying when your coffee is too strong and you cannot get someone to give you more half-and-half! I guess people go there for atmosphere, not food.

yorki_dad
yorki_dad

08/17/2007

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Bad reviews?

Well, fellow food nuts, don't believe a bad thing you hear about this place. I spent an hour reading all the reviews about this place and just had to see for myself. I'm a breakfast nut as is my wife so if it couldn't pass the basic test it would never pass on any level. We left Northridge about 12:30 got there a little after 1pm and found a meter across the street which can be a problem cause it's only 1 hour parking so you have to pay attention to parking enforcement marking the tires. It was just as reviewed, small inside with a really cool oval bar. There were plenty of seats at the bar and a few tables, no wait. Within a couple min. of sitting down we had ordered, and the sweetheart of a waitress quickly brought me the fruit I asked for before my meal. I do see why a bad review about service was written for the guy who worked the other side of the counter was way behind the girl helping us. So if you see a scetchy looking white waiter, male about 20 something wearing a hat stay clear of him. Don't be confused with the taller dude, he's great, about 6'2. All the other girls looked on the ball too. The food came out fast, was perfect. The potatoes are killer. I kind of asked around other people eating and everyone said the food was great. So, heads up, get in this place and enjoy a good meal.

DianaTakesaBite
DianaTakesaBite

07/13/2007

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The best breakfast/brunch in LA

Two words: French Toast. Here's another word: Bacon. Yes, the waits can be long if arriving during peak hours on a Saturday or Sunday, but there is a reason people are lined up outside this little gem on the legendary Sunset Strip: The food is really good. So good that I measure all other breakfast/brunch places by the standards that the Griddle has set with their perfected morning fare. The french toast and bacon are, without a doubt, the best I have ever had, and are must orders for anyone with a sweet and/or savory tooth. The management has a keen eye for detail, made evident by the 100% maple syrup bottles resting on every table, and the large carafes of strong coffee that revive late-night revelers who are eager to cure their hangovers. While naysayers may bemoan the service, I have never experienced anything short of delicious food, smiling patrons, and an impeccably efficient staff. That's enough to get me there again and again -- even during peak hours on a Saturday or Sunday.

kk8379
kk8379

06/15/2007

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Great casual breakfast spot

I love this place! The food is really great..best Eggs Benedict I have ever had. Pancakes are to die for. The food takes a little bit long to get to the table, but it's ok, because sitting at your table talking with friends, sipping coffee and listening to old blues makes you forget you are in LA. Another plus is the parking lot!

tiffany9877
tiffany9877

06/03/2007

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RUDENESS left a bad taste in my mouth...

while the food was above average at the Griddle, The fact that we were ""asked to leave"" or pretty much kicked out moments after we received our check, I will never again return to this location. We still had half of our overpriced french press coffee left to drink. You would think that spending almost 70 dollars for four people would warrant us being allowed to finish our coffee before being told, ""hey ladies, i have a long wait gotta kick you out"". even more surpising was to find that there were only a few people outside waiting. Rudeness is not acceptable, even in overpriced scene establishments next door to the directors guild theater. Next time, I'm going back to silverlake where you an sit as long as you'd like, and the guy who is seating you isnt acting like he's a big shot director. Please, you're not famous yet sir, keep your day job.

jvuylsteke
jvuylsteke

03/26/2007

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Mouth-watering Pancakes

Everyone kept telling me I had to try the pancakes at The Griddle Cafe so finally a girlfriend and I drove up to LA for a late breakfast. One bite and we both instantly fell in love. The pancakes were even more spectacular than everyone said and to top it off they were huge! I probably only ate a fourth of my chocolate chip pancakes, enjoyed a little more for dinner, and more for breakfast again the next day. Apparently the Griddle is also somewhat of a celebrity hang-out too. We met the Hanson brothers when we went.

superhungry
superhungry

01/26/2007

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Two Words. French Toast.

This is the best French Toast I have ever had. And I have had a lot of French Toast. This place can get incredibly noisy and crowded but it is part of the charm. The wait is long though so go early.

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Mon - Fri:
Sat - Sun:
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Phone: 323-874-0357

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all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Central LA, Hollywood Hills West, Hollywood, Central La
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The Griddle Cafe

The Griddle Cafe Inc

Categories
Pizza, Restaurants, Sandwich Shops
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Sandwiches, Pizza

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Good For Groups: Yes

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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