Chorizo, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich at ink.sack ($6)
Michael Voltaggio's chorizo, egg, and cheese sandwich is a cheeky but dead-on combination of flavors that skirt Cali-Mex, Italian-American, and New American. The herbal addition of coriander flowers piques the palate, while the fried egg marries perfectly with the sliced chorizo, tomato, and melted Swiss. I would eat it every day, except there are so many other sandwiches to try at ink.sack. Ink.sack doesn't open until 11 a.m., so this sandwich has all the hallmarks of second breakfast.
Fresh Breakfast Wrap with Quinoa Chili at Urban Green ($7)
Whoever thought up the contents of this wrap pretty much decided to include every healthy, tasty thing imaginable, starting with organic eggs, bits of mushroom, quinoa chili, caramelized onions, roasted red pepper, roasted potatoes, and a generous portion of feta and cheddar jack. You can find it at the family friendly Santa Monica Farmers Market on Sundays.
Fairfax Sandwich at Eggslut ($7)
If you're craving an eggy umami bomb, stop by Eggslut's food truck (parked outside The Hart and Hunter or Handsome Coffee Roasters depending on the time of day). Light, fluffy brioche houses a luscious gray salt- and chive-flecked scramble. With bold additions of caramelized onions, Tillamook cheddar, and sriracha aioli, it's not a subtle dish by any means—not that we're complaining.
This food truck is so popular you might need to go earlier before they run out of brioche or other ingredients. The Fairfax sandwich is also quite salty, so you might request them to reign it in if you're salt sensitive.
The Hart and the Hunter; 7950 Melrose Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90046; Wednesday - Friday, 7:00AM - 11:00AM
Handsome Coffee Roasters, 582 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013; Wednesday - Thursday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM; Saturday & Sunday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM; Website
Breakfast Burrito with Niman Ranch Bacon at Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery ($13)
Listen up breakfast burrito aficionados! Huckleberry's breakfast burrito is the best one I've eaten from Los Angeles to San Diego. Soft organic scrambled eggs plus fresh guacamole, cheddar, caramelized onions, oven-baked potatoes, and crisped Niman Ranch bacon are all wrapped up in a warm tortilla—the flavor medley is pretty much irresistible. The tomatillo salsa adds a welcome acidic note, and some classic Tapatio sauce is on hand for those craving more heat. I spend my weekends trying to convince the Huckleberry staff to serve it on all of days of the week, but for now it's only available on weekends during brunch.
Moroccan Eggs at Cafe Stella ($12)
If your egg cravings lean to the more boldly spiced, find your way to Cafe Stella's weekend brunch for the Moroccan Eggs. The duo of baked eggs come with two generous links of merguez, the spicy paprika- and garlic-rich lamb sausage that hails from North Africa, with a light tomato sauce joining all the elements together.
Breakfast Pizza at Milo and Olive ($18)
This off-menu breakfast pizza comes with rosemary cream, potatoes, and Niman Ranch sausage, with some pickled chilies for a spicy-sour kick. The moment you pierce the perfectly fried egg and watch the custardy yolk spread across the pie's surface, you'll wonder why breakfast pizzas are so scarce to come by.