The Early World Restaurant is a little neighborhood joint just a few blocks from my apartment. Although I live so close, I have actually only been here one time before now. I think this place is mainly known for serving breakfast all day long. Also, I have heard that it’s popular with the business lunch crowd, for those that work on San Vicente and the surrounding areas. After a very early flight home from Seattle, my husband and I were in disparate need of breakfast at 11am, so we decided that Early World would be the perfect place to stop on our way home from the airport.
The only thing that really sticks out in my head is that this place is just okay. It’s not very memorable, and it’s a bit overpriced. It’s got that old-school diner look inside: maroon, plether booths, chipped wood tables, cracked tile floors, and a bar at the back for single diners. The wait staff is very diner, as well, as in, they pretty much ignore you as much as possible.
Anyway, on to the food. The husband, being the egg man that he is, went with an omelet packed with avocado, cheese, and bacon. It came with a portion of hashbrowns and your choice of toast or English muffin. The omelet was cooked well, with a nice creamy center, but the hashbrowns were dry and over done.
Did I mention that he is a Ketchup fan?
I started my breakfast the way I start all breakfasts: with a double cappuccino:
It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t amazing, either. The foam wasn’t as stiff as I would prefer, but the flavor was good. It wasn’t bitter, which is the most important thing.
Next up was my Belgium waffle covered in strawberries. This was really good, but again, a bit overpriced. Still, I had no complaints - it was crisp on the outside and light and airy on the inside. It was served with syrup and melted butter.
What a beautiful pile of berries! This was definitely the highlight of the meal.
In all, the Early World Restaurant is a nice local place to have for mornings when you want something hearty. But, don’t expect to be wowed. And, expect to pay a bit more than its worth. But the waffles are great, and the ingredients are fresh. If I had to grade it, I think I would give it a B (not a health department B, mind you. I am sure it’s an A in that department). It’s medium. It’s better than average, but not by much. You understand what I’m trying to say.
The Early World Restaurant is located in Brentwood at 11938 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 826-3246