Sunday, December 6, 2009

Is it Worth Getting Up For the Break of Dawn?

Break of Dawn
24351 Avenida De La Carlota #N-6
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

My friend ML is one of the few customers at work that I actually like. She is always friendly, never bugs, and makes an awesome trail mix, which I always look forward to every December. So when I told her about my blog, and that I was going to be reviewing restaurants, she suggested that I try Break of Dawn. I had never heard of it, but was eager to give it a try after she and fellow Yelpers were glowing about the place.

Break of Dawn is a breakfast/lunch place that is easy to miss. It is tucked behind Trader Joes in Laguna Hills. It is owned by a former Ritz-Carlton chef, who had to alter his career path, after a medical mishap with his son. He opened this place, so he could be close to his son and still do the work that he loves.

I had a rare Saturday off, and tired of turkey after Thanksgiving, we decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to give this place a try. The restaurant is very colorful, and has a real homey feel to it. We decided to sit outside in the crisp morning air. The waiter was very attentive and ready to fulfil our needs.

I decided on the pre fixe menu, which consists of three courses. This is the first, Butternut Squash Bisque. The bisque was smooth and had a creamy flavor. Very nice way to start my meal. Accompanying the bisque were these crispy meat rolls. They were good and really were tasty when you dipped them in the bisque.

Here is my entree, Sausage and Rice. The plate featured two fried eggs, a scoop of rice, green papaya-sesame salad, and Portuguese-Hawaiian sausage. The sausage was the real winner here. Very nice flavor and it complimented the plate nicely. The salad was good, but tasted better when it was mixed with the eggs.

Here is the real star of the show on this day though. A dish so good that it does deserve two pictures on this blog. This is the french toast of Willie Wonka himself, Creme Brulee French Toast. Dusted with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce, this dessert for breakfast dish will keep you coming back for more to this eatery. Rich, but oh so satisfying, we could not devour this plate quick enough.

Here is the final one of my three courses, the Chocolate Creme Brulee. This was a mild, yet pleasing way to end my meal. The chocolate was not too over-powering and the texture was silky smooth, with the crisp top of the dish.

So I would say that we will be back to Break of Dawn. As we were sitting there we saw many more things we wanted to try. The omlettes looked amazing and the Chilaquilles-Ranchero sounds like it could be a hit as well. This place is not your typical breakfast joint, but sometimes you want to step out of the shadows and into the sun. So on a scale of 5 rays of sun to zero rays of sun, 5 being best, Break of Dawn receives 4 rays of sun!

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  1. Hey OC Eater,
    I'm glad you liked the Break of Dawn. Try the pork the next time. I have a hard time ordering anything else because I love it so much!

    Hey, now that you have my trail mix, are you going to blog about it? :)

  2. I am going to try this place out over the weekend. Can't wait for French Toast. Thanks, Mike!

  3. ML- I would have written about your trail mix, but it went too fast. Thanks for the tip on the pork, I will try it next time.

    Tood- I am sure that you will like this place, something different for breakfast, and the french toast is great, have a good time, and let me know how you like it.