Up at the Break of Dawn

Break of Dawn "is one of the few places we willingly drive to after church on Sundays," says jacknhedy. "From Chino Hills to Break of Dawn is a good 40 miles. Absolutely worth it." It serves "breakfast food done well and creatively," says OCAnn.

Chef Dee has "wizard level chef skills," according to woojink. "You've GOT to go," urges Das Ubergeek.

Breakfasts are rather light, like the eggs benedict–style smoked salmon dish with potato bread, perfectly poached eggs, and pesto, favored by OCAnn, or the pancakes that groover808 says are the fluffiest around.

Lunches are heartier. I got nothin paid a mere $17 for a prix fixe lunch of a pleasant squash bisque, a deeply comforting chicken stew, and chocolate crème brûleé that was "out-fricking-standing ... I'm not usually a big fan of crème brûleé, but their chocolate version had me licking the plate clean."

The Break of Dawn [Orange County]
24351 Avenida De La Carlota Suite N6, Laguna Hills
949-587-9418

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