Burbank >Food & Dining > Bea Bea's
353 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA | Directions 9150534.155637 -118.345805
Neighborhoods: Toluca Lake, Central LA
Between the lengthiest pancake, French Toast, and egg menu I’ve ever seen (with lots of gluten free options), hands -er, spatchulas down best morning meal spot in LA. Hell yea, “Breakfast is Everything!”
Located in a Vons strip mall, Bea Bea's is a busy busy breakfast joint, but your patience will be rewarded. Today, I tried the brioche French toast with strawberries and bananas, which was tasty. The breakfast quesadilla—with mushrooms, sausage, avocado and cheese—turned out to be even tastier.
Why is it so hard to park here? Why is the wait always so long? Oh, right, because the food is that good and everyone knows it. Burbank has crap food in general so I'm going to say this place is really more Toluca Lake (which has great food btw) which is what it borders. Whenever I eat here I feel like I'm in Portland (where food is good). They do gluten free (not like I care), and have at least 10 kinds of pancakes. My favorite is the matcha green tea and white chocolate chip. Share it and get some sausage on the side.
Pancake Review at: BEA BEAâ??S – On Saturday I visited Bea Bea’s on Pass Ave between Oak St. and Alameda in Burbank, CA. The slogan on both their storefront and menu, “Breakfast is Everything,” is a perfect description of the class, creativity, and savor Bea Bea’s puts into their food. While I wasn’t quite in the mood to trek all the way to Burbank for breakfast, the drive was beyond worth it.
The menu above pretty much speaks for itself. For a pancake-lover to attempt to choose only one dish off Bea Bea’s menu, is like asking a child to select their favorite toy in FAO Schwarz. Our server mentioned their most popular pancake was in fact the Just For You Pumpkin; but while I was debating between the Super Star, S’mores, Pacific Island, and Banana PB Crunch, I ended up choosing the Summer’s Dream.
Although I was very much anticipating my pancakes, I also had a craving for eggs as well. Luckily Bea Bea’s, with its intensely diverse menu, gives you such option:
It was at this point I combined the Summer’s Dream with Pooh’s Surprise, a dish I’d like to coin the phrase for: Dream Pooh. Props to Bea Bea’s for this opportunity- not all restaurants allow you to combine a specialty pancake with an egg breakfast. If at all, you’ll typically find this option with plain-pancakes only.
Now for the review:
Summer’s Dream was pure decadence. Although I am a fan of Nutella (a topping typically more popular on the east coast) I’ve never had this with pancakes. The breakfast was a wonderful combination of flavor and texture.
The best part about this dish was that each item was just as amazing by itself, as it was together. The pancakes themselves may be the best pancakes I have ever had- and considering this is my second review, the bar has now been set pretty high. The pancakes are doughy, but not too filling, and cooked just right. As if they were just picked from a field and placed on my breakfast, the strawberries tasted incredibly fresh. And the Nutella was the perfect topping to this specialty breakfast.
My only additional comment is that while I’d never before had mascarpone cream- this tastes like whipped cream combined with cream cheese- I’d say the dish needs way less than the scoop provided. When putting a small dabble on my bites of Summer’s Dream, I realized it was all I needed- if that, at all. The dish in itself is wonderful- and filling- enough, and I felt the addition of the mascarpone was in fact, too much.
All in all, Bea Bea’s may officially be my favorite pancake stop in Los Angeles. The staff is incredibly nice, and while there is usually a slight wait for a table, the food comes quickly enough. Also, the option for gluten-free and/or vegan, makes Bea Bea’s even more special; this is certainly an option that not many restaurants have.
The drive to Burbank is well worth it, and Bea Bea’s got it right: Breakfast IS everything.
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