Canelé has sat high on my Smorgie brunch list for a while – hailed by bloggers, the LA Weekly and the LA Times as one of the city’s best.


Had some traffic issues making it over to Atwater Village this morning to meet our friends; luckily we were still able to skip the long lines and join the communal table in front.


They do not take reservations – here’s what the small space looked like at 10:30am:


Service took a while. Not as long as Lazy Ox, but definitely don’t go if you’re pressed for time!


To tide us over, some complimentary granola! I sampled a handful.


Still pretty full from last night’s RockSugar dinner; luckily one of the smallest menu items is also one of their most famous…


…listed as a “Baked Pancake with Meyer Lemon Custard” – you’ll find it under the “Sides” section.



Pretty Pretty Pan-cake!


I paused from photographing my order and turned my attention towards Abe’s…


…a beautiful braised leek and romesco fried egg sandwich, ordered without the bacon.


We traded bite for incredible bite.


Dough-y, pillow-y, and airy. Not too sweet, even with all the cream, and oh so lemon-y, thanks to the fresh juice squeezed on top.


At only $5.50, this is TOTALLY worth sitting in traffic for 45 minutes for!


I definitely want to come back for their sticky buns…


…and french toast – I’d read these were enormous, but even pictures don’t do them justice. You could probably build a nice fireplace with these.



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  • Esi

    Love Canele! The fried farro is amazing

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      the person next to me ordered that; it did look incredible!

  • Miss K

    Looks absolutely delicious!

  • Lisa

    I love anything with custard. That baked pancake looks divine!

  • Margarita

    My boyfriend and I like to trade our food orders too. Everything is too delicious not t be shared, right? It is the perfect way to eat. This restaurant looks awesome!

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      yes i’m always ordering vegetarian now so we can share!

  • Cindy

    If they actually serve caneles, you should buy a few. They are my favorite French treat. A cake/custard carmelized delight. Divine.

    This looks like my kind of place. Yum!!!

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      i don’t know if they even had them on the menu?

  • Ellen

    Oh my golly, thank you for
    The Wayne and Garth clip, I loved Wayne’s World. I gotta get myself to canele for one of those pretties:)

  • Allie@sweetpotatobites

    that baked pancake looks amazing. must go to canele sometime!

  • Lindsay

    My mouth was watering just taking in these amazing treats! I can’t wait to be back in Cali someday and enjoy all of the great places you visit. I am THE breakfast girl, so any place that offers up a twist on the first meal of the day is a draw.

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      this place is a GREAT one!

  • Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds

    Oh my gosh… the baked pancakes look SO GOOD… as do the sticky buns & the MASSIVE french toast :) Too bad your hubby didn’t get the bacon… then he would have had a ‘face’ salad for brekkie! Yes… I still play with my food… … …

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      oh man – now realizing i should’ve asked for it on the side!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Both your brunch dishes sound & look amazing! I would probably get what Abe got, but if Andy got the pancake, I would totally steal half! :)

  • Alyssa (pb and oatmeal)

    Yummy! I really want some of those sticky buns!

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      me too! i need to go back…

  • Snack Girl

    Wow! The site looks great. Thanks for stopping by – wish I lived in hip LA.

  • Caitlin

    Wow Lynn, this place looks incredible and right up my alley. Both your dish and Abe’s have me drooling right now. As usual I’m jealous of the LA food scene you frequent!

  • katecooks

    i’m just playing catch up and i have to say, your breakfast looks amazing! i’d like to say i’ll try it one day but i’m not sure if i even know where atwater village is?? LA is too darn big sometimes!

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      it’s close to silverlake/eagle rock. you’d love it!