Restaurant Type: “California Inspired”
Tracy and I are always searching for that perfect spot to grab a nice breakfast on Sunday mornings. I believe we have finally found the nearest thing to perfection when it comes to the most important meal of the day. Camilo’s California Bistro is a charming little restaurant on Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock. It is located near the campus of Occidental College, where if the basketball team had acne, they would be called the Oxy 5.
From the restaurant website. “A gourmet cook with a flair for entertaining, Co-Owner and Chef Camilo González has taken over thirty-five years of his experience in the food, restaurant, and catering business to bring you Camilo’s California Bistro. Camilo has earned a reputation for creating his own excellent food style, taste and presentation – he incorporates a variety of cuisines to offer you California inspired dishes.”
We have made a few appearances at Camilo’s, and each time the breakfast dishes have been superb. This past Sunday was no exception.
But before I get into the food, first a little about the atmosphere at Camilo’s. The restaurant utilizes its space very well. There are three fairly spacious, open rooms. Each of these rooms are painted in a different color and have original artwork, posters and even musical instruments adorning the walls.
Come hungry, because Camilo’s serves a breakfast that sometimes keeps me filled up for the entire day, although you never leave feeling stuffed. They have Breakfast Classics like pancakes served with a beautifully flayed giant strawberry on top or a delicious looking stuffed French Toast.
Tracy and I are partial to the South Of The Border Classics. Tracy absolutely loves the Chilaquiles con huevos, fried corn tortillas with ranchero sauce, cheese, creme mexicana, two eggs, sour cream and salsa.
I have enjoyed the Enchiladas de papa con huevos, a dish consisting of two enchiladas stuffed with country potatoes California chile sauce topped with two eggs (over medium) avocado salsa and creme mexicana. On the side were pinto beans and a heavenly saffron rice, and I’m just wild about saffron. Both dishes are only $8.95. The Huevos Rancheros at Camilo’s is also highly recommended by me. Total for breakfast plus Ice Tea and a Double Cappuccino that had enough caffeine to keep me awake for a week was a reasonable $28 plus tip.
There was a group sitting next to us who were more than happy to share that their dishes that included an Omelette and Breakfast Sandwich were very satisfying as were their desserts Camilo’s also offers breakfast specials and different flavored scones.
We plan on coming back to try dinner here, but for now it’s enough that Tracy and I have found a place to enjoy a great Sunday breakfast. And if you’re not too full, when you leave, walk a few doors down (to the right as you exit the restaurant) and sip some wine at the very reasonably priced Colorado Wine Company, where we plunked down some cash and bought vino after our hearty breakfast.
MaiTaiTom Rating Food + Ambiance + Value 4.5 maitais (out of 5)
Camilo’s California Bistro
2128 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: 323.478.2644 • Fax: 323.478.1200
Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.