Party Earth Review A breakfast and brunch staple for Hollywood insiders and insider wannabes, Toast Bakery Cafe is where LA scenesters go to unapologetically stuff themselves with French toast followed by a red velvet cupcake. Or maybe... ... read full review
8221 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
BEVERLY GROVE, LOS ANGELES –
A breakfast and brunch staple for Hollywood insiders and insider wannabes, Toast Bakery Cafe is where LA scenesters go to unapologetically stuff themselves with French toast followed by a red velvet cupcake.
Or maybe bread pudding. Ooh, or maybe some cheesecake.
Lines form down the busy sidewalk by mid-morning, as pretty people with their carefully accessorized dogs in tow duck beneath earth-toned umbrellas with plates of hearty American staples and chase hangovers away with potent cups of coffee.
If the number of folks hiding behind giant sunglasses is any indication, the people-watching can be stellar, but the venue’s celebrity appeal belies a quaint interior more reminiscent of a country diner than a Hollywood hotspot – patrons are as likely to see older area couples as they are “that guy!”
Most of the seating surrounds basic tables draped in faded blue tablecloths, with a few comfy couches tucked in against the farmhouse windows, while the old display cases at the takeout counter would barely warrant a glance if not for the artfully crafted goodies tempting from behind the glass.
The thick whistle of steaming milk is constant throughout the day – the cappuccino machines pull some serious overtime – as eggs and pancakes give way to lunchtime burgers or wraps, and then pizza and pasta for dinner.
No matter the time, however, few patrons can resist the allure of a cupcake to cap their visit to Toast Bakery Cafe. Not even that guy.
Hollywood insiders, up-and-coming actors, other Hollywood types, laid-back stargazers, and tourists, 20s to 40s.
Extensive menu of mostly American and Mexican staples, including omelets, French toast, pancakes, burgers, pizzas, wraps, and sandwiches, as well as several popular desserts like bread pudding, apple pie, and a large selection of cupcakes.
Party platters available. Limited street parking. Valet available daily until 5pm.
Breakfast items $8.50–$14, sides $1.50–$6, starters $8–$9, soups and salads $5.50–$14, burgers and wraps $8–$13.50, sandwiches $8–$14, entrées $11–$16, desserts $2–$7. Valet $5.50.
Trendy casual: button-downs without ties, sports jackets, nice sweaters, designer workout attire, dresses, fancy jeans.
Early in the morning to beat the crowd, or after 10am most days – especially sunny weekends – for the best people-watching.
Doughboys Cafe & Bakery (8136 West 3rd Street) offers California twists on American favorites, a similar selection of scrumptious desserts, and often a similar crowd.