I’m only stating the obvious when I say that I have a serious addiction to French toast, but it needs to be said! I love all types of French toast (stuffed, dipped, baked, etc…), so you can imagine my joy when I found a place that covered them in cornflakes. Blu Jam makes any morning better!
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Great breakfast. I have yet to try something I don’t like. Beware: they don’t take reservations and during peak times, an hour long wait is the norm.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
They have covered outdoor seating, as well as inside seating and they don’t accommodate parties larger than seven people. I’m not sure if you can call ahead and arrange something,but if you just walk up, you will be seated at different tables. I have been to Blu Jam several times, however, I have only been to their original location on Melrose (they also have Blu Jam in Woodland Hills and Sherman Oaks). They are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and serve breakfast and lunch all day.
Their website tells the story of how they got started and explains that they believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day. One of the owners said “[we] should look forward to it when [we] wake up, and treat ourselves to the best food imaginable.” This is why I like Blu Jam so much, when you eat there, you truly feel as though you are eating the best ingredients. Although this review focuses mainly on the french toast, I haven’t tried anything I don’t like. I should also mention that every time I have dined in, i’ve had great service. The wait staff always seems happy and talkative (which is a huge plus).
What I ate:
- Crunchy French Toast ($12.95)
There are other french toasts on the menu, but this one has always seemed superior and is definitely my go to. It’s made with brioche bread, rolled in corn flakes and grilled. It is then served with fruit and a vanilla bean sauce. These are fluffy and crispy, moist and crunchy, and DELICIOUS! There’s definitely a little coconut in there, which turns up the flavor and makes it very aromatic. The light dusting of powdered sugar and the addition of fruit really round out the taste. The sauce is a good alternative to syrup because I think it would over power the subtle, yet delightful taste of this dish. However, the sauce tastes very watery and light and the vanilla bean itself doesn’t really come through. I would have liked a thicker sauce and one with just a tad more flavor. I have never added the butter, but in my opinion it would ruin the perfect combination of ingredients.
Other things I have tried previously and would recommend: the chilaquiles ($13.95), the Greek tacos (it’s a special so it’s not always offered), Blu Jam benedict ($13.95), warm mushroom salad ($12.95), any of their fresh squeezed juices (I order the apple and cucumber – $4.95), and the spiced chai tea latte ($4.50).
If you want to avoid the lines, go early. But… if you’re not a morning person (like me) and can’t manage to get up that early on your days off, then brave the crowds, it’s worth the wait!