Greetings L.A. Chowhounders,
I will be visiting from Chicago for a couple of days in June. I've visited L.A. for short periods a few times before so I'm somewhat familiar with the layout, etc, but not intimately so. I am staying overnight in the O.C. (in Laguna Niguel) before flying out from LAX at noon after dropping off my rental car. That morning may be my only chance to have a creative, unusual breakfast before flying out.
I have reviewed all the topics about best breakfasts, and have come up with two possible options, one in L.A. and one in the O.C.:
1. Drive to West Hollywood, have breakfast at the Griddle Cafe, then drive to the airport. All things equal, I would really prefer to eat at the Griddle Cafe, because it sounds so yummy! (I LOVE sweet items for breakfast!) I realize that this means doing most of my driving in the morning commuting rush, which means dramatically higher travel times, *and* that West Hollywood is not on the way to the airport. I'm guessing I would need to leave the O.C. around 6:45, and driving in traffic up the 5 and the 101 - hey, I can talk like an Angeleno, "the" this and "the" that, LOL! - should put me at the Griddle Cafe around 8:45 or 9, I'm guessing? If I arrive at the Griddle Cafe at 9:00 on a Friday, would I probably be seated immediately? Is one hour or so enough to be seated, order, eat, pay, and leave? I am assuming I would need to leave the Griddle Cafe by 10:00 or maybe 10:15 to drive to LAX, drop the rental car, and catch my flight at noon.
2. Have breakfast in Laguna Hills at Break of Dawn, then drive to the airport. Break of Dawn is my choice if I have breakfast in the O.C. Unfortunately, despite their name, they don't open until 8:00 a.m. I'm guessing it would take me an hour to eat there, correct? If I leave there at 9, I'm guessing I would have *just* enough time to drive up the 405 to the airport, drop the rental car, and catch my flight at noon, does that make sense? (Or maybe it would take less time to take the 5 to the 91 to the 605 to the 105 to the airport?)
Please let me know whether each of these plans makes sense, in terms of eating time and travel time. I realize there are other choices for breakfast - I went through 26 different recommendations and checked website menus before deciding on these two - so I'd like to try to see if either (or both) of these two plans works, before ditching them in favor of something else.