The Breakfast Bar

70 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
562-726-1700

Details

  • Open daily, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
The Breakfast Bar is a breakfast restaurant in Long Beach. The Breakfast Bar serves a morning item unlike any Long Beach has seen before. Owner Joshua and Pamela Beadel call it an omelet casserole, but it’s neither an omelet nor a casserole. Since it dissipates like an eggy cloud in your mouth, it most closely resembles a cheese soufflé. Ask your waitress about it, and she reveals the recipe: a piece of bread is soaked overnight with egg, cheese and milk, then baked in an au gratin dish. But learning the secret ingredient somehow makes the omelet casserole that much more mysteriously magical. It also makes you grateful the Beadels, who used to work for George’s Greek Cafe and Congregation Ale House, decided to set out on their own and transform a shuttered Mexican joint attached to a motel into this place, if only to ensure there was an outlet for this dish. The recipe, the menu says, has been passed down for three generations, invented by a great-uncle named Marcee. He gets full credit on the menu, but the potato pancake it’s served with is entirely attributable to a kitchen that knows a breakfast potato side dish has to be simultaneously crispy, fluffy and toe-curlingly steamy. The potato patty is all these things, making it the casserole’s equal, with the outer-crust crunchiness of a tater tot and the interior temperature of a baked potato, requiring nothing else except maybe a dash of hot sauce.

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