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Auntie Em's - great breakfast in Eagle Rock

Chowpatty | Feb 23, 200412:15 PM

On Saturday morning we tried Auntie Em's on Eagle Rock Blvd. Unlike the packed Silver Lake spots full of trendoids, it was still quiet with just a few rumpled locals at 10 am. You order at the counter, serve yourself coffee and then wait for your food in the cute dining room decorated with vintage menus and flowered oilcloth tablecloths. At first the menu bugged me a little -- there's no bacon, and there's no simple "Two eggs and potatoes" type breakfasts. Everything is a bit tricked up -- eggs and provolone and cajun sausage on french bread, grits and cheese casserole, etc. There's also homemade granola, some type of fancy pancakes and some omelettes. I ordered the eggs and cajun sausage without cheese and with the salsa on the side because that seemed like too many ingredients thrown together at 10 in the morning. It was an inspired combination although the french bread seemed to have been fried in butter rather than toasted. The sausage was quite spicy and made an excellent foil to the eggs and bread. The overall dish was extremely tasty but very rich. My friend had the thick cut French toast which was the thickest piece of bread I've ever seen -- about 3" deep. It almost seemed as if it had been deep-fried, yet was also very satisfying. Prices were in the $7 a plate range, with very large servings. Overall, it would be nice to have bacon as an option, and some of the dishes might benefit from a lighter touch with the butter and oil, but everything sure tasted good! They're open for lunch and also offer take-home dinners, although I'm not sure how late they're open.

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