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John O'Groats

10516 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA - (310) 204-0692
Posted By Donald Thompson on 4/21/2009 12:02:00 PM
John O'Groats is a comfortable restaurant which has expanded into three storefronts since its founding in 1982. It now has two dining rooms with tables, and a room with a traditional counter. Although it isn't obvious from the street, there is free parking in the rear. It is open for breakfast and lunch seven days per week.

I came for the highly-recommended breakfast. The menu has the usual suspects like eggs, ham, bacon, waffles, French toast, and pancakes. This being California, granola is an option, too. Of greater interest are their specialties, which include dishes such as cilantro potato pancakes, Huevos O'Groats featuring a biscuit-dough tortilla and black beans instead of the usual refried beans, salmon hash and eggs, and my choice, eggs Benedict with crab cakes.

The coffee was hot and fresh, and the freshly squeezed orange juice was great. The poached eggs were perfectly done, with bright orange yolks and a hollandaise sauce with a good balance between lemon and butter. The home-fried potatoes can be seen peaking out from under the eggs: they were great. Perfectly seasoned with crispy edges and soft centers, I give them an A+. The crab was a little overworked, and so the crabcakes had a very fine grain, but they were perfectly sauteed and they combined with the top-notch hollandaise and eggs in delicious harmony. The fresh fruit "extra" on the plate was some slices of sweet, ripe cantaloupe.

The service was quick, efficient, and unobtrusive. This restaurant is worth a detour, and repeat visits to work through the interesting menu.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Crab Benedict with Home Fries
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The lemon pancakes come with a light, not-too-sweet lemon sauce spread on top. We appreciated the lacy edges of the pancakes.
"The lemon pancakes come with a light, not-too-sweet lemon sauce spread on top. We appreciated the lacy edges of the pancakes."
Cliff Strutz





Crispy crabcakes and home fries under poached eggs napped with creamy hollandaise sauce.
"Crispy crabcakes and home fries under poached eggs napped with creamy hollandaise sauce."
Donald Thompson


My girlfriend was very happy with the steel-cut oatmeal. On the menu, it is referred to as Irish oatmeal.
"My girlfriend was very happy with the steel-cut oatmeal. On the menu, it is referred to as Irish oatmeal."
Cliff Strutz


Eggs over easy with home fries, biscuits, and coffee.  Photo by sasaia1.
"Eggs over easy with home fries, biscuits, and coffee. Photo by sasaia1."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


O'Groat's offers an impressive variety of beverages, including several fresh-squeezed fruit juices. This frothy fresh-squeezed apple juice, with plenty of small slivers of apple, was a real treat!
"O'Groat's offers an impressive variety of beverages, including several fresh-squeezed fruit juices. This frothy fresh-squeezed apple juice, with plenty of small slivers of apple, was a real treat!"
Cliff Strutz


Buckwheat pancake on top, with the buttermilk pancake below.
"Buckwheat pancake on top, with the buttermilk pancake below."
Alan Sasai


Colorful main dining room with walls full of art.
"Colorful main dining room with walls full of art."
Donald Thompson


The third room of the restaurant, empty by the time we finished.
"The third room of the restaurant, empty by the time we finished."
Alan Sasai


Taken from the sidewalk outside.
"Taken from the sidewalk outside."
Alan Sasai


With two signs and a bright blue restaurant-wide awning, a great breakfast can't be missed!
"With two signs and a bright blue restaurant-wide awning, a great breakfast can't be missed!"
Donald Thompson



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