Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jist Go With It

Your new Downtown breakfast go-to

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Mr. Chow’s full frontal scene in Hangover 3: appetite killer.

Little Tokyo’s new hangover food hotness: appetite savior.
 
Jist Café, across the street from East West Players, opened to challenge current area breakfast contenders Starbucks and Denny’s. Hence, they didn’t need to move mountains. Crazy thing? They did anyway.
 
For starters, the place actually looks like a pick-me-up: There’s a wall that looks like a game of Labyrinth. It has a large, sunny, pooch-friendly patio. Bonzai trees propagate.
 
Jist opens at 5a and does dine-in, take-out, and delivery. Yeah, make an Evernote of that: Delivery. They’ll actually deliver to your door if you’re within three miles.
 
So next time you’re run over by the gin and tonic truck, order a house call of Hangover Killer: scrambled eggs with braised short rib, caramelized onion, Grafton white cheddar, and demi-glace sauce.

Or frisbee-sized pancakes in flavors including Earl Grey sour cream, “extra happy” blueberry, or chocolate chip & banana.
 
Our personal favorite? French toast as thick as a Tolstoy novel, soaked in crème brûlée batter for 24 hours.
 
Never has a day been more seized. At last: hangover deliverance.

Jist Café jistcafe.com
116 Judge John Aiso St. (at E. 1st), Little Tokyo
(213) 792-2116
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Metered street or the lot across the street: 2 hours for $2
Scene: Japanese families, government workers, business travelers
Best bets: Hangover Killer; fresh-squeezed juices; French toast
Hot seat: On the giant patio
Nearby: Sushi Gen; Fickle and the Sandwich Smith; Lazy Ox Canteen

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