The place: Breakfast at Shaky Alibi in Los Angeles; comes with a delicious bite of history and an unassuming, non-cellphone-yakking vibe.
The crowd: Young and old Hollywood stars; L.A.-area regulars; international epicureans; visitors from Kansas City, Mo. The goodies: Microroasted fresh coffees ground to order and authentic Liege waffles made from a secret recipe originating in Liege, Belgium, in the 1860s. Dense, thick, crispy caramelized waffles made from yeast dough and served with custom toppings. Try speculoos (a salty-sweet graham-cracker spread) on a waffle with a side of rich, handcrafted ice cream from Santa Barbara, Calif.
The vibe: Whatever. “Nobody cares who you are, what you do or how much you make,” says owner and head waffle maker R.J. Milano, whose German great-grandmother taught him everything he knows. 7401 Beverly Blvd., (323) 938-5282, www.shakyalibi.com.