North End Caffe is the best spot in Manhattan Beach to get a killer breakfast! North End is a privately owned, 'real food' type joint. When I mean they serve real food..it means they skimp on nothing about the grub. Huge portions, homemade, well-thought, super high quality ingredient combinations and first come, first serve seating. This place is packed all the time (especially during brunch on weekends) so come prepared to fight for a table.
Restaurants: favorite menu item?
My favorite items on the menu for breakfast are:
The Laird - Huge plate of egg whites (seasoned perfectly and cooked to be light and fluffy), corn and flour tortillas (steaming hot) and spicy guacamole (guac covered in salsa rojo and cilantro). I make little egg white and guac burritos that are DELISH.
Exceptional Fruit Bowl - Get to North End before they run out of this amazing item (typically around 11am on weekends). Chalk full of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, papaya, mango, pineapple, kiwi and other (expensive) seasonal fruit...you won't find a cantaloupe or melon anywhere in site! It will run you $10 bucks but its worth it!
Restaurant: best value on menu or wine list?
Everything on the menu is a 'value'. The portions are HUGE, so remember to ask for a to-go box.
Restaraunt: best day/time? food/deal specials?
My favorite time to go to North End is during brunch on the weekend but the best time to go is during dinner during the week. Every evening they have hearty, comfort food specials (think spaghetti bolognese, short ribs and polenta, etc) that will rock your world for dinner.
General: if you moved would you miss this and why?
North End is like cheers. The owners are always there working behind the counter and in the kitchen, if you're a manhattan local, you will always run into someone you know and the food is ALWAYS hot, fresh and oh so good. North End represents everything that is great about a small local restaurant that everyone loves.
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