New Yorker visiting the LA area with my boyfriend, and we're looking for impressive breakfast and brunch in Santa Monica.
We're looking for places to get things like french toast, waffles, egg dishes, pancakes, etc. but on a Friday or Saturday (not sure if brunch is a Sunday-only thing at many restaurantslike it is in other parts of the country).
We're staying at 5th and Marine St., at a friend's place but I'm not really familiar with the area.
Restaurants within walking distance (up to a mile or so) would be great. Ability to make a reservation would be nice, but not necessary, as we're used to long waits for good food in NYC. And ability to get those sorts of foods around noon or 1pm is even better!
Our favorite places in New York City are Prune, Clinton Street Baking Company, Balthazar, Jane, Shopsin's, The Neptune Room, Blue Ribbon Bakery, and Pastis.