Diner in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Multiple magazines have named Marston's as having the best breakfast in LA and California, likely for its 'famous French toast' (sourdough with cornflakes crust – the half-order was plenty for us), a bevy of Benedicts from healthy (veggie-friendly 'powerhouse') to not-so-healthy (pulled pork) and hearty omelets. Breakfast or lunchtime, this diminutive cottage with sunny porch is likely to be packed.

It's been in business since 1987, just north of Old Pasadena.