M Café de Chaya
The macrobiotic fare at this Culver City outpost of the original Melrose Avenue cafe has moved way beyond the hippie fare of the '60s. Clever and attractive, the kitchen's take on breakfast includes a smoked salmon Benedict on a grilled whole baguette with steamed kale standing in for the spinach and hollandaise based on soy instead of butter. There's a substantial breakfast enchilada stuffed with lightly scrambled tofu, avocado, chile-laced beans, soy mozzarella and a little tempeh (soybean) bacon. That faux bacon accompanies the tasty scrambled tofu along with sweet potato hash and grilled country bread. They've got great juices and smoothies too. In short, this is a breakfast that everybody, not just health fanatics, can appreciate. The scene in the morning is very local -- folks on their way to work, mommies visiting over soy lattes and pastries. M Café de Chaya
, 9343 Culver Blvd., Culver City; (310) 838-4300; and the original location
at 7119 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 525-0588; www.mcafedechaya.com
. Breakfast served 8 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends in Culver City; 9 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends on Melrose Avenue.