Celebrating Black History Month – Los Angeles Black Businesses – Breakfast Guide

Offering an updated 2018 guide to (B.O.) Breakfast & Brunch spots throughout Los Angeles, CA.

Adassa’s Breakfast Cafe
4305 Degnan Blvd
 – Ste 103
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Cafe Buna
3105 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey
310-823-2430

Denny’s
3740 S. Crenshaw Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323-298-5498

Flavor Table, The
2812 W. Florence Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
323-751-6000

Jack’s Family Kitchen
3965 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90062
323-296-5215

Mama Joan’s Soul Food
5496 W Centinela Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
310-670-5900

M’Dears Bakery & Bistro
7717 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90047
323-759-2020

M’Dears Bakery & Bistro
2450 Carson St.
Lakewood, CA 90712
562-420-2400

M & M Soul Food
3300 West Manchester Boulevard (at 11th Ave)
(310) 673-5031

My Two Cents
5583 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
323-879-9881

Pips on Labrea
1356 S. Labrea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
323-954-7477

Post & Bean
3767 Santa Rosalia Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
323-299-5599

Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles
106 West Manchester
Los Angeles CA 90003
(323) 752-6211

Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles
5006 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 934-4405

Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles
1514 North Gower Street (at Sunset)
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-7453

Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles
830 North Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 791-4890

Rusty Pot Cafe
324 S Market St.
Inglewood, CA 90301
310-412-5901

Serving Spoon, The
1403 Centinela Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90302
310-412-3927

Simply Wholesome (vegan options)
4508 West Slauson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 294-2144

Sista Mary’s Soul Food
420 W Colorado Blvd
Glendale, CA 91204
818-396-5399

Stuff I Eat (vegan)
114 N. Market Street, Inglewood
310-671-0115

Tal’s Cafe
2701 W Florence Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
323-751-9749

Watts Coffee House
1827 E 103rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90002
(323) 249-4343

And if you know of any that I did not list, please provide in the comments section below so I can update the list.  Please & Thanks and maybe, just maybe I’ll see you there 🙂

 

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Celebrating Black History Month – LA’s Black Owned Businesses – Dessert Guide

Offering an updated 2018 guide to (B.O.) Bakeries throughout Los Angeles, CA.

27th Street Bakery
2700 South Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA. 90011
323-233-3469

Big Man Bakes
413 S. Main St. @4th
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-617-9100

Bonnie B Bakery
6344 Topanga canyon Blvd., Suite 1030
Woodland Hills, California
747-226-3497

Cobblers Cakes & Kream
2323 W Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90305
323-455-1224

Cobbler Lady
3854 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
323-298-2144

Good Cake Company
323 E. Hillcrest Blvd.
Inglewood, CA. 90301
310-671-5200

Gwen’s Specialty Cakes
820 N. Labrea Ave. #D
Inglewood, CA 90302
310-677-9979

Harriets Cheesecakes Unlimited  
1515 Centinela Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90302
310-419-2259

Harry Jr. Bakery
5909 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angels, CA 90044
323-752-3341

Heavenly Cakes Creations  
2916 W Vernon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90008
323-290-4700

The Kobbler King
3622 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323-731-9286

Milk + Brookies
213-536-7043
contactus@milkandbrookies.com
(online only)

Ms Rubys Bakery
404 E Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
310-677-8297

Southern Girl Desserts 
3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
323-293-2253

Sweet Red Peach
1035 S Prairie Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301
310-671-2253

We Cupcake
10807 Crenshaw Blvd.
Inglewood, Ca 90303
424-261-3080
(alcohol infused cupcakes)

 

Oh – No!  Did I miss your favorite spot?  s there someone who deserves recognition?  Give them a shot-out in the comment section below so I can update the list along the way.  Thanks in advance 🙂

Good Griddled Grub

It was around the time of my New Years (my birthday).  (T) decided to take me to The Griddle Cafe, a place located in Hollywood that I’ve been to before, but not in a very, very long time.  We drove separately.

“Are you there yet?” I asked over the phone.

“I’m here!” she responded with great enthusiasm.

I pulled up, lucky enough to find street parking around the corner.  The line was long as usual.  Some talked on the phone, while others wandered off constantly running back to check-in for their table.

“Have you called us yet?”  We too were those people who wondered off.

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Babystacks

I just don’t understand.  I mean, I just really don’t.  I’ve gone to so many breakfast places here in Vegas and none of them seem capable of offering something painfully delicious.  Clearly I am on the wrong road of breakfast foods.  <sigh>  I just thought, besides going to the over priced spots, I could find that fun, mom and pop spot that all the locals know about and the food is always good.  WELL, haven’t found it…which is very sad.

(M) wanted to go Babystacks, a place that was on my foodie list.  Here’s the deal, I already went, but forgot lol.  (S) and I went two months ago and it was just ok.  I was not impressed with anything and clearly the memory of the establishment was a blur.

We walk towards the building.  “I’m so excited, can’t wait to try the french toast” I share with (S).

She agrees with a huge smile and begins listing her pancake options.

“Oh, she’s here!” someone shares across the table.

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Finally made it to Cinnaholic

We were driving and driving.  D happened to be in town.  The original objective was to seek out fried Twinkies and Oreos, but to our surprise Mermaids went out of business.  “Well this sucks,” I shared out loud while seeking for other venues offering the same pathetic goodness.  So now we all know that as of June 2017 there are NO MORE FRIED TWINKIES in downtown Las Vegas!!! Horrible news, just horrible.

“Well, so now what?” D was basically asking.

Thinking quickly on my feet, “Hey, do you like cinnamon rolls?”  Mind you, I keep a sugar log of places I must try and Cinnaholic was on it.  From what I understood, it was basically Cinnabon and Yogurtland fused together…I was right.

We continued back on the dusty road, but this time to seek out these rolls of yeast with varied frosting and toppings.  The northern/west location we visited was under contraction, but still open for business.  We weren’t too sure at first.  The outside didn’t look so welcoming, but the inside was clean while in its transitional stages.

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Greeted by the display case once you enter, you are soon drawn to the cinnamon roll creations to choose from.

“Oh boy, what’s that one?”

“Hey, check that one out!”

“<hmm> I don’t know about peanut butter and jelly?”

 

If none of the pre-made items move you, you can continue down the counter picking and pointing at the varied frosting and topping selections posted on the wall to explore.  A few of the frostings included banana, cherry, maple, pina colada and butter pecan.  Toppings ranged from almonds, brownie bites, pie crumble, pretzels to strawberry jam.  Sure, it can be overwhelming, but nonetheless satisfying. IMG_4244.JPG

“So, do you all hate cinnamon rolls?” I ask out loud to all the employees.  Together they respond, “PRETTY MUCH!”  We all laughed.  I always find it funny when employees cross that point of overload concerning products they sell.

 

So for about $25 I purchased four cinnamon rolls <chuckle> .  Three for myself and one for D.  He went with a Oreo cookie crumble with fresh-cut Strawberries and drizzled Chocolate.  

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I raised the bar ordering from top to bottom, Mango frosting with fresh Blackberries.  Next I went with the Peanut Butter frosting, loaded with Chocolate Chips.  And to top it all off I chose the Coffee Cake from the display case, which included a sprinkling of brown sugar and oatmeal.

“Hey, you want to try some of this?” I asked.  “Sure!” D replies.

We went back and forth cutting from each cinnamon roll.  Needless to say, I started to become sick <lol>.  However, do you know what’s interesting, Cinnabon doesn’t make me feel sick.  As much crap as they put in those rolls, I am able to handle it.  I guess it’s because they only offer a frosting rather than a strong flavored frosting plus toppings.  With Cinnaholic, three bites of the first one was already much.  It’s as if they went a little too far.  I’m not against the toppings, I respect the gimmick, but you don’t want to over do something either.  I would want to offer the best ratio with the idea of enjoying every bite rather than scraping off half of the toppings because it was too much.  What if I said I wish there was more focus on raw flavor than sugar?  Let’s take the peanut butter and chocolate.  For my New Years (birthday) I’m now always making a chocolate peanut butter cup cake which contains a chocolate fudge cake, peanut butter cream icing and gnash.  Oh and the candy on top – how can I forget.  And I don’t feel overloaded.  I can eat a lot of it and feel satisfied/pleased.  I can’t put my finger on it, but something was weird about their peanut butter or the two selections combined.  So could it be their ingredients or preparation of their items?  I think I was just disappointed because of this crazy high expectation I formed in my mind – NOT to say it was nasty or horrible.  I mean, the dough was nice and soft, no complaints.  Customer service was great and I enjoy the concept of the shop.  I even had the chance to sample a frosting. Will I return?  Sure, but…I think I’ll be a little more mindful as to which flavors to choose and to tell them to hold back on the amount of frosting.

Check their site to see if there’s a location in your state.

 

Don’t worry, I did not eat them all in one setting.  D took his home and I packaged up my three and picked at them the following night…while home alone…in the dark…while watching tv (BIG SMILE).

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