After releasing its annual list of the 100 Best Brunch Spots in the United States, Yelp! has named Downtown Long Beach’s The Breakfast Bar the 14th best place to score brunch—and rightfully so.
When Pam and Joshua Beadel opened The Breakfast Bar in 2013—in a joint that once tried to create a Margaritaville-like space complete with tinted windows, fake straw hut roofing, and a complete lack of tact—Long Beach didn’t quite know what they were getting.
The Breakfast Bar is the place you go to get breakfast food you can’t get elsewhere. Their Hung Over plate—a dish of fries slathered in gravy, eggs, sausage, pico de gallo, and sour cream—is nothing short of wondrous (and acts very Hair of the Dog-ish when paired with one of their breakfast Mai Tais or mimosas).
Uncle Marcee’s Omelet Casserole—a dish that is prepared a day ahead—is worth every eggy, cheesy bite. Hell, even their Naked Cakes—whole wheat berries freshly ground, blended with buttermilk, and stacked after grilling—are easily the best pancakes in DTLB.
Criticisms against Yelp! notwithstanding—while it can be a source of good, it tends to be detrimental to any community’s food: I find both their aggressive and unethical advertising tactics paired with an excessively democratic food reviewing process that allows users to give restaurants one star—there is no question that being sorted and ranked among brunch spots across the entire nation and scoring a place near the top is a honor that shouldn’t be dismissed.
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