For breakfast this morning, we took a little trip to the city of San Marino to a well-known restaurant and gourmet market called Julienne’s. My mom, aunt, and grandmothers have been all visiting this market for years and as a treat, we decided to test it out. Breakfast is only served from 7-10:45 and when we arrived around 9:20 or so, most of the tables were already filled. I was surprised at how crowded it was, but realized it is a Friday and most of the parties happened to be a little bit older, so they were probably finished with their corporate working days and had the time to catch up over an omelette and coffee.
We were lucky to sit outside and although we have been experiencing some extremely odd weather, strong humidity and chances of showers (really, for Southern California, this is crazy!), it made for a lovely morning. My mom and I both selected coffee with cream and my aunt opted for a coke. As for our meals, which take about 20+ to prepare, Meghan had her eyes set on the Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Waffles, Honey Vanilla Crème Fraiche, Shaved Chocolate, Strawberries · 11.5 , although sans crème fraiche.
I was struggling to decide between the bread pudding French toast and the green omelette, unsure whether the healthy angel or sweet tooth devil on my shoulders would win out. I finally opted for the Green Omelette with Asparagus, Broccoli, Spinach, Scallions, Chives and Feta topped with Avocado and Gudelio’s Roasted Pepper Salsa, served with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes or Fruit · 13. It ended up being a solid decision, although I might still have to make a trip back to sample that bread pudding out, or even the lemon pancakes.
The remaining two members of our party selected the Open Face Omelette with Chicken Sausage, Gruyere, Tomatoes served with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes or Fruit · 13, and the Petit Dejeuner with Orange Juice, Fresh Fruit Salad, Cream Currant Scone or Muffin, Coffee or Tea · 11, with a side of yogurt.
It was probably the best experience out to a restaurant we had all had in ages; calm, relaxing, good conversation, and excellent food. Afterwards, we all made our way through the adorable side market that was filled with cookbooks, knick-knacks, and more. They already had an entire case of desserts including petite fours, lemon bars, cupcakes, macaroons, and of course their famous scones. There was also a more savory section filled with salads, and prepared entrees such as enchiladas, side dishes, boutique wines, and gifts.
During the holiday season, we make sure to pick up a side of sweet potato casserole, a recipe that simply cannot be beat.
Julienne’s opened in 1985 based on the owner’s own home-catering business and is placed perfectly among a street of boutiques and overarching trees. I would love to work in such a place or maybe one day create one of my own. The quaint atmosphere filled creativity and quality products brings a smile to my face.
It is a perfect spot to meet for breakfast or even lunch, but make sure you come early because it is so popular the wait is often 30-40 minutes. Just remember, you deserve a break in your day, your week, your hectic schedule, so no matter the wait, the food and experience is entirely worth it. Simply slow down and enjoy the day 🙂
2649 Mission St
San Marino, CA 91108
After Breakfast and before Lunch Service,
we serve only Soup and Cold Sandwiches.