If you're looking for flavor, excellent service, and a hip local Manhattan Beach atmosphere, look no further. The North End Cafe may be small in size, but it packs a huge punch when it comes to taste. Here is the low-down as to what you'll expect when first entering this quaint cafe for breakfast. If you go on a weekend morning between 9 and noon, there will be a line that extends the length of the kitchen. Grab a menu and get in! A good strategy is to have one person in your party nail down a table or at least take post to be ready to pounce on the next available one that opens up. Most tables inside or out, you'll have a gorgeous view of the water. Once you approach the cash register, you'll order, pay, and tip right up front. Expect to be served your beverage, then shortly thereafter, your meal...we've rarely waited longer than 10-15 minutes tops. Nice.
Depending on how hungry you are, you can either share or go solo with one of North Ends grilled breakfast sandwiches or savory mexican inspired egg tostadas or tacos. The names of some of the dishes are hilarious like "Eggs from Hell" and "Huevos Divorciados". My husband, Matt and I usually share the "Dos Burritos", a spectacular plate of two burritos stuffed with eggs, sausages, bacon, and cheese, topped with a smooth and perfectly spicy green sauce. The co-stars of this dish are the potatoes, yum. They have such a wonderful crunch and warm soft center that you dip into a spicy and tangy flavored sour cream (but, just a slight dip, you don't want to lose that wonderful roasted potato essence!). If you want to eat on the lighter side, the menu includes a bowl of yogurt or granola and a very popular bowl of fresh seasonal fruit that is meant to satisfy the daily requirement for one person, but looks like it could feed an entire family. One would travel from the Valley just to savor North Ends' delectable selection of coffees and teas, served at perfect temperature and as often as you'd like. We've never eaten lunch at the North End Cafe, but if it's as good as their breakfast, we'll need to go soon!
The service is friendly and accommodating. Say hello to "Nacho", North Ends' "Man Friday", who always has a kind word to share and takes care of you like you are part of his family. Laura, the owner, is always there to take care of you, from a wobbly table to a special meal request, tattoos and coolness included.
The only negative to the North End is its popularity and, to some, its informality...this is a very small space that can be packed to the gills, unless you choose to eat outside (which of course brings you closer to those amazing views). The best advice to avoid the crowds is to take your chances. The food is worth the crowd and worth the relatively short wait.
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 … more
great food, but be prepared to struggle finding a seat. Since they were featured on the Food Network, the place it packed on weekend for breakfast and lunch. I can't recommend one item over another because they are all boutique and delicious on their own way. Check out the special board, experiment and try something new!!
I just got finished with another flawless meal at the North End Cafe in Manhattan Beach. It's been about 6 months that I've deprived myself of my favorite breakfast on earth! The breakfast tacos never fail to be anything but perfect. Beyond flavorful, more than filling, and no guilt after eating the whole plate..........including the amazing seasoned potatoes! Thank you North End for being walking distance from me!