Excellent | Worth a Detour
Review by: Roadfood Team
John O’Groats on West Pico Boulevard, not far from Century City and Beverly Hills, is a comfortable neighborhood restaurant filled with regular customers. Service by the entire staff is friendly and efficient, from the hostess to the waitresses and busboys. The restaurant is made up of three attractive rooms, the brightest and most crowded of which has tables and a rectangular counter in front of the kitchen.
What to eat at John O’Groats
After we were served our coffee, we ordered a plate of eggs, home fried potatoes, and fresh biscuits with homemade jam; also, one buckwheat and one buttermilk pancake. At less than $7 per plate, these are good-tasting, inexpensive, and filling meals.
There is a full breakfast menu, and also a willingness to accommodate customers’ individual dining requirements. One gentlemen had scrambled eggs with sliced bananas on the side. Another had an egg white omelet with dry toast. Someone else ordered oatmeal with fresh berries, and another just one biscuit with coffee. Many full breakfast platters are served, too.
John O’Groats is the kind of neighborhood place one can return to many times and always receive good service and a well-prepared meal at a reasonable price.
Original Post by Alan Sasai
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|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|
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One Response to “John O’Groats”
April 21st, 2009
John O’Groats is a comfortable restaurant which has expanded into three storefronts since its founding in 1982. It now has two dining rooms with tables, and a room with a traditional counter. Although it isn’t obvious from the street, there is free parking in the rear. It is open for breakfast and lunch seven days per week.
I came for the highly-recommended breakfast. The menu has the usual suspects like eggs, ham, bacon, waffles, French toast, and pancakes. This being California, granola is an option, too. Of greater interest are their specialties, which include dishes such as cilantro potato pancakes, Huevos O’Groats featuring a biscuit-dough tortilla and black beans instead of the usual refried beans, salmon hash and eggs, and my choice, eggs Benedict with crab cakes.
The coffee was hot and fresh, and the freshly squeezed orange juice was great. The poached eggs were perfectly done, with bright orange yolks and a hollandaise sauce with a good balance between lemon and butter. The home-fried potatoes can be seen peaking out from under the eggs: they were great. Perfectly seasoned with crispy edges and soft centers, I give them an A+. The crab was a little overworked, and so the crabcakes had a very fine grain, but they were perfectly sauteed and they combined with the top-notch hollandaise and eggs in delicious harmony. The fresh fruit “extra” on the plate was some slices of sweet, ripe cantaloupe.
The service was quick, efficient, and unobtrusive. This restaurant is worth a detour, and repeat visits to work through the interesting menu.