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Regardless of the brunch spot, breakfast burritos tend to be the de facto favorite on the menu. If you’re craving one and looking to get outside of Malibu, check out these places.
With its blue-and-white striped exterior, this lively diner on the corner of Broadway and Lincoln Blvd. is hard to miss. Swingers puts a retro-cool spin on classic American diner fare and their breakfast burrito is overwhelming in the best way — it’s made with three organic scrambled eggs in a flour tortilla and smothered in tomatillo sauce and fresh salsa. With plenty of vegan and vegetarian options in addition to the comforting standbys, Swingers knocks Denny’s off its pedestal for beloved late-night diner.
The Courtyard Kitchen
Arguably the most charming, casual brunch spot on Montana Ave., the atmosphere of the rustic outdoor patio makes The Courtyard Kitchen the place to be for a sunny weekend brunch. And their savory Cali Burrito made with organic egg scramble, bacon, avocado, cheddar and potatoes in a spinach tortilla is nothing short of delicious. If you’re craving something refreshing and sweet, they also have an impressive variety of smoothies. But before you head over to start your lazy Sunday, make sure to call ahead of time — there’s usually a crowd gathered around noon.
No matter what time you go, there’s almost always a line out the door of Crave Cafe. And it’s no wonder; the greatest thing about Crave is that it’s open 24 hours. The cafe is busy, but the menu is even busier — the seemingly endless list on the blackboard has just about everything, from pizza and crepes to salads and paninis. So if you get regular cravings for a breakfast burrito around 2 a.m., drive down to either Sherman Oaks or Studio City; they even let you choose between eggs and egg whites in your burrito. Since breakfast is served 24/7, there’s ample opportunity to become a regular at this hotspot.
Another laid-back little cafe you’ll find strolling down Montana Avenue, Groundwork has a breakfast burrito that is the ideal midday treat. Made with organic scrambled eggs in a whole-wheat tortilla and served alongside a bed of greens, their All Wrapped Up breakfast burrito is one of the most health-conscious indulgences in Santa Monica. And for anyone with a gluten intolerance, you can request the gluten-free option of the burrito, which comes in a bowl.
While you absolutely have to try their signature Sea Salty Caramel Iced Coffee, the breakfast burritos at Dogtown Coffee are also a must. They have a few savory varieties, and their most popular, The Munchies, is stuffed with tater tots. Not to mention, there’s even a vegan option for that burrito. Food is served daily until 4 p.m. If you’re around Venice and have 15 minutes to spare, stop by for a pick-me-up and don’t forget to bring some change for the parking meter right across the street. Even if you’re not in the mood for a breakfast burrito, DTC is a great go-to coffee shop.
Though no one really needs an excuse to head down to Santa Monica, these local spots are worth visiting after an afternoon on Third Street Promenade, especially if you’ve already had Lily’s this week.
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