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Penguin Cafe

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Steak and Eggs
Hamburger Steak and Eggs
Ham and Eggs
Bacon and Eggs
Sausage and Eggs
Hamburger Patty and Eggs
Two Egg Breakfast
Cheese Omelette
Build your Own
Chili and Cheese Omelette
Chorizo and Cheese Scramble
Carne Asada and Two Eggs
Huevos Rancheros
Tamale and Two Eggs
Breakfast Burrito
Green Tamale Omelette
Spinach Omelette
Breakfast Penguin
Corned Beef Hash and 2 Eggs
Penguin Obrian
All of the above are made with two extra large eggs and includes choice of Potatoes, Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, or Beans and a choice of Toast or Tortillas. We will happily make them with 1 egg and reduce the price
Griddle Combo
Two​ Eggs with Bacon or Sausage and potatoes with a choice of 2 Pancakes or 2 French Toast
Mini Combo
One​ egg with Bacon or Sausage and potatoes with choice of 1 Pancake or 1 French Toast
3 piece $5.95
2 piece $4.95
1 piece $2.50
Bananas $+1.95
Strawberries with Whip cream to any griddle $+1.95
French Toast or Pancakes
Cup $1.75
Bowl $3.45
Cup $2.00
Bowl $3.75
Homemade Granola
Cold Cereal
Cup $3.95
Bowl $4.95
1 Egg
Bacon, Sausage, Ham, Hash
Home Fried Potatoes or Beans
Cottage Cheese or Tomatoes
Toast or Tortillas
Bagel and Cream Cheese
Coffee, Tea or Hot Cocoa
Milk, Chocolate Milk or Juice, Cranberry, Apple or Tomato
Fresh Orange Juice
Daily Special
Cheeseburger Special
Includes soda
Hamburger Steak
½ lb Patty with Fries
Penguin Clubhouse
Triple Decker with Fresh roasted Turkey Breast Bacon lettuce and Tomato
Steak Sandwich
Served open faced on grilled garlic bread
1/2 Sandwich and Bowl of Homemade soup
Includes soda
Penguin Burger
½ lb Burger served open faced on a bun
Chicken Sandwich
Grilled Chicken Breast served open faced on a bun
Carne Asada
Served with grilled onions, avocado, beans and tortillas
Bacon Cheeseburger
Veggie burger
Double Hamburger
Ortega chiliburger
Patty Melt
Traditional diner. Serving traditional American breakfast and some mexican specialties in a relaxed atomosphere.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
American, Cafe, Diner
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
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All reviews pancakes potatoes french toast hash breakfast sandwich only open for breakfast and lunch greasy spoon local breakfast hole in the wall local place were seated quickly waiting list local favorite small place worth the wait penguins laguna
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

6 of us went into the cafe. It was really busy but they helped us really fast. All but one of us had breakfast. One had lunch. We had so much food and it was so good. We want to go back again.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank allyson t
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were staying a couple blocks away with our two grandsons. We stumbled into Penguin Cafe on accident while walking along PCH looking for a good breakfast. We went back the next 3 mornings because it was so good. It’s a very...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank fabell760
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Very small, local breakfast dinner. Classic American food...pancakes, breakfast burritos, and coffee in a mug. Family owned and run.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank LagunaMary
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

We had breakfast at this funky little cafe on our last morning in Laguna Beach and I wish we had found it sooner! Cute and laid back, down to earth type cafe. Good menu options reasonably priced. Friendly staff. And lots of penguins! I highly...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank KatlynH
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

We have been here a few times and every time it is good. Inexpensive and good! Now if you have food allergies I would not recommend only because it is a small kitchen and very busy. I did not ask if they could accommodate my...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank 400mag
Reviewed July 29, 2018

As any local about where to go for breakfast they will tell you Penguins. They are not wrong. Nothing fancy, only open for breakfast and lunch but it's hard to beat

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Ed P
Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

We were headed to breakfast at another place and our Uber driver recommended we try penguin instead. Boy am I glad we did. It was so good and an excellent greasy spoon two plate breakfast. I got a delicious penguin melt breakfast sandwich. One of...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Marcylw
Reviewed July 12, 2018

Happened upon this place and decided to stop in for breakfast. It is small (seats 38), old but full of penguin nostalgia. We were seated quickly by a very friendly waitress or it might have been the owner. We ordered and within minutes our food...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Timothy T
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

There are a bunch of great breakfast options in Laguna, some with ocean views. The Penguin is unique since the kitchen has an ocean view, not so much the dining area! Only open for breakfast and lunch, they offer comfort food staples at reasonable prices....More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank zapprint
Reviewed July 1, 2018

After seeing a mixture of reviews and lots of pics of the food I had hopes this could be a "go to " place when we were in Laguna Beach. Sadly it never made it on our list. It's a very small "hole in the...More

Date of visit: July 2018
2  Thank LaPuenteCA
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July 25, 2018|
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Response from Timothy T | Reviewed this property |
No, this is basically a down home American breakfast place. It's old and it's not pretty but my family got good food and good service the morning that we went there. If you want something fancy then this is not the place for... More
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