The first time I stumbled upon Blu Jam Cafe’ was a complete accident but the 27 times I’ve been after that, have been completely intentional! This place is definitely one of the best brunch places I’ve been to in LA.
It’s a part of the many blocks of restaurants, boutiques, vintage stores, etc. that encompass the Melrose District. A very lively area on weekends, The Melrose District has something for everyone. From small boutiques with affordable (and cute) clothing to the stores you see celebrities coming out of on TMZ (G-Star Raw, Vera Wang, other places I can’t afford).
Blu Jam is actually right next door to a little boutique called Pasage that I always stop in. In fact, I’m sure the reason Pasage gets most of their business is because people are always waiting in line at Blu Jam and venture in for something to help pass the time.
The last time I was at Blu Jam, we waited an hour and fifteen minutes for a seat. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s because it’s such a tiny place and when Los Angelinos brunch, they’re going to eat, sit and chat… So there will be a wait.
The good news is that Blu Jam started passing out samples of their signature Crunchy French Toast to those outside waiting to be seated. They waited untill we literally had just sat down at our table to do so, but it’s cool, they still did it.
The food! My goodness! I have tried everything from Morning Hash(egg scramble with ham, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, onions, red potatoes and chese) to the Crunch French Toast (french toast with corn flakes baked in it). I’ve never been let down.
If you’re not feeling eggs, pancakes or french toast, you’re missing out. I’ve had the BLTA and the Turkey Burger and yes, they were both delicious but it’s the breakfast that makes this place special.
On a nice sunny SoCal-esk day, if you can get a table outside, it simply adds to the greatness of this place. Good food. Good company. It’s definitely a win!
Pros: Amazing breakfast food; They sometimes give out french toast while you wait; Friendly staff; cool art and nice vibe; in the Melrose shopping District so nice walk with places to see after brunch
Cons: There is always a line on weekends (last time we waited for an hour); Big groups are hard to seat (so if you have two, there’s a better chance at getting seated faster)