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godsoflite
godsoflite

12/14/2006

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Very Very Satisfying!

FANTASTIC food! I absolutely adore this restaurant! The food portions are quite large, so expect to take a to go bag on the way out, but the taste is incredible! One of my favorite places for breakfast in LA!

luvtamunch
luvtamunch

11/09/2006

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Start your day off right....

Yes, they serve huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge portions. But unfortunately, the dishes lack flavor. I'd much rather get a smaller portion with tastier food. Although, I don't think people actually come here for the food. People watching, yes. Avoid the crowd and the bland food.... go get a better breakfast elsewhere and start your day off right! yay.

kkmw36
kkmw36

11/09/2006

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Oh those oreo pancakes



Totally love love love the oreo pancakes! Also there's a cobb omelette than is awesome. Service is friendly albeit a bit spotty and its definitely best to come early. Forget the week-ends its a zoo.

aira177
aira177

11/03/2006

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GIANT pancakes. yummy pancakes. sometimes.. long lines.

i always like to try new restaurants and i saw this one on top breakfast lists on various sites. i also saw it featured on food network. i liked the pancakes. they're GIGANTIC! and oh-so-yummy. i think the people around me knew how big they were when i ordered, because a few of them giggled lol. i had the eyes-wide-open pancakes. i highly recommend that one if you like chocolate :)

riceandfries
riceandfries

08/12/2006

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Gladly wait to get seated

I love bacon and eggs but at this place, you have to order their delicious pancakes. It was worth waiting 30 minutes for. The staff is courteous and the cozy, busy atmosphere feels very NYC. Don't sit outside unless you want a crowd hovering over you as you eat.

sidandsophia
sidandsophia

07/23/2006

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very impressed

we had high expectations for this breakfast place and we were not disappointed in the least. just as everyone has already said, the coffee was divine and the pancakes were bigger than my head! (i had to cut them 3 times to fit in the to-go box. i was only able to eat a fourth of 'em.) the raz/lemon pancakes were just-right-tart-and-sweet, the baked potato omelette was good as well, even tho i swear it had more than 4 eggs, and the apple cobbler french toast was a yummy concoction of apples and crunchy-ness all its own. we got there a bit after 9 AM and were seated right away, albeit outside on the sidewalk, but the service was attentive. we'd definitely go again!

jofutt
jofutt

06/24/2006

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One of the Best Breakfast Joints In LA

Great pancakes, waffles, french toast, and omelettes dominate the menu. What more could one ask for? Plus there's some great people watching. GC is always busy after 9AM and you'll face long lines on weekends. But it's worth the wait.

ufogirl2
ufogirl2

06/22/2006

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You can't go wrong!

Everything is so good here. You can't miss. From the giant pancakes to the grill cheese sandwhiches, this place is hands down one of my favorite brunch spots. I usually hike at Griffith Park and then run over to The Griddle. The lines are long on Saturday mornings at 10, but if you get there at 9 you'll be good. Everyone goes there to sober up after a long night of partying.

pinkmonkeybanana
pinkmonkeybanana

06/10/2006

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awesome pancake menu!

i actually loved this place. it's small and extremely popular, but hey, this gave it character. i ordered the raspberry & lemon pancakes, which were very yummy. my mom had the banana pancakes, also delicious. and my brother had a ham&cheese omelette, which he really enjoyed. so the food was great, and our waitress was so nice and helpful. i can't wait to go back! they have a great menu.

amandag21
amandag21

05/11/2006

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User review by amandag21

My mom took me to the Griddle Cafe after hearing about it from co-workers. Walking in, I certainly didn't expect it to be that great. It was crowded and the place is small. We took seats at the counter for quicker service. My mom ordered pancakes and I ordered french toast and eggs. My mom's pancakes were huge. The waitress should have warned us about the ridiculous portion. Despite the size, she thought they were delicious, and my french toast was too. But my eggs never came and neither did the waitress. I had finished my french toast by the time she came back to us. Though she didn't charge us for the eggs, she didn't even apologize for forgetting them. Overall, I'd say it's an OK place for brunch as long as your party isn't too large. Expect to wait for a table. And beware of huge portions.

kaded
kaded

03/29/2006

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i love the griddle... be smart

so maybe it takes a few times to know exactly how to handle the griddle.. i am dissappointed that so many people have so many bad things to say. yes, the weekend crowd may be a little trendy, or just ""hot"" as my friends from out of town say when they see the waiters.. everyone is friendly and outgoing. if you get there after 9, yes, you should expect a wait, but you could easily go grab a coffee accross the street and your table should be ready after you get back. those who complain that the quantities are too large are naive and don't know that you can order just one pancake if you feel they serve too many! and they serve breakfast cocktails... i look forward all week to enjoying brunch there come the weekend... don't rag on the griddle, this is la, what do you expect?

beehappy
beehappy

01/29/2006

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where pancakes go when they die

This is the greatest place EVER. If it were open late, IHOP and all of the other L.A. diners would go out of business. You get HUGE delicious portions for a fantastic price (around $9-10 for 4 times the pancakes you get at any normal place).

anisaaa
anisaaa

11/28/2005

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I love this place!

The breakfast is fantastic, I've had one item from their lunch menu (because it's so great I just keep ordering the same thing). The coffee- mild, medium or dark, is served in a french press and the medium is always perfect. The service is a little lacking, but as long as they get the order right you don't suffer too much- it's just always pretty packed when I go so of course you're going to wait a little longer for a refill. One note- don't order the milk. For some reason they don't keep it very cold? I tried two glasses and it was still almost room temperature. As other reviews mentioned- the portions are huge, so it's a great value.
Try going during the week to avoid a ridiculous wait. You can dine here with a large group if you reserve the back room they have.

franklinla
franklinla

09/11/2005

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Favorite Breakfast Spot

The reviews stating the food is not good are obviously not getting the same food I am. I find their mexican inspired scrambles to be the best in town, and if you like hot sauce on your eggs, this place delivers not just the standard tabletop brands, but a variety that keeps me coming back just to change the dynamics of my scramble with the next sauce. I will admit the staff could be less pretentious, but the food is worth it for me. Also, you seem to get better service on weekdays. The easy parking at Rite-Aid is a nice bonus.

toroneg
toroneg

08/12/2005

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Bad food, but LOTS of it!

I have to start off by saying that I might have just ordered the wrong item on the menu. Both my friend and I ordered pancakes, which were HUGE--neither of us could eat more than 1/4 of the stack on our plates (and I am a big, beefy guy). The pancakes were FLUFFY, but not in a good way. They were airy, tasteless, boring. Looking around at what some other people got, I would definitely try again, but I would order an omelet or another egg dish, which looked much better (but still HUGE!). I did like the feel of the restaurant. The french press coffee was great, and there was excellent people watching.

coxandcola
coxandcola

07/21/2005

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griddle me this!

All I've heard about for years is how I have to go to the griddle because it is the best breakfast in L.A. ... maybe if you're a mildly cute actor hoping the director you're serving is still drunk enough to have beer goggles! We went and, despite being seated relatively quickly, got a crummy seat in the middle of the sidewalk listening to Kevin Smith rattle off his theories on film while a bitter out-of-work actor was loathing his day job of serving me coffee, gritty Streusel pancakes, day-old french toast and cold eggs ... well the coffee and the eggs were okay I guess. In any case, if I wanted to feel like I was at a casting call I would have joined the ranks of ""actor"" myself when I moved here. Not impressed with the food and disgusted by the self-important wait staff.

streetboy
streetboy

07/16/2005

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disappointed

There's always a line - place looks tres hip. I went twice and... sorry, I don't get it.
Food was ok, decor nice, service sucked. The second time i went, I sat at the counter area for ever - waiter goes back and forth passing out food like i don't exisit. 10 minuts passes -- i just left. The meeter greeter up front always seems on edge. I wanna big smile and a friendly hello. Not someone acting like a production AD freaking cause their loosing daylight. I pass...

entguy
entguy

06/14/2005

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TT

I fly to LA from Minneapolis every month for business and The Griddle cafe is one place I visit at least once during each trip. Fantastic food (highly recommend the pumpkin pancakes), very generous portions, cool staff and a hip atmosphere. Keep up the great work!!

nselver
nselver

05/06/2005

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Worth the wait

absolutely the best breakfast in LA! Worth the long wait for good food and great scene

brucew001
brucew001

03/01/2005

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Awesome pancakes!

Pancakes here are fabulous, huge portions too! Get there early because of long lines
after 9 AM. I sat at the counter, which was an unusual shape. The pancake order is so big I ate half and took home the rest for the next morning. I think they make short stacks if you want less though. Pricey for pancakes but worth it.

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Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Fri:
Sat - Sun:
Extra Phones

Phone: 323-874-0357

Payment method
all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Central LA, Hollywood Hills West, Hollywood, Central La
AKA

The Griddle Cafe

The Griddle Cafe Inc

Categories
Pizza, Restaurants, Sandwich Shops
Other Information

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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