Best Breakfast Orange County 2008 - Break of Dawn
Bowls of steaming-hot pho? Check. Poached eggs encased in tempura? Check. Créme brûlée French toast? A chef/owner from the Ritz Carlton? A 90-minute wait for brunch? Check. Check. Check. This is Break of Dawn, one of the sweetest Cinderella stories on the OC food scene and now a bona-fide local phenom. To think it only took a few determined food bloggers and a dozen print articles to spread the word that chef Dee Nguyen's little Laguna Hills eatery does breakfasts like breakfasts have never been done before. Short-order cooks beware: There's a classically trained epicurean on your turf.