If you’re in or anywhere near Gardena for breakfast, head to Painter’s Tape. This order-at-the-counter cafe is open every day from 8am-3pm and has a tremendous Japanese-influenced breakfast menu where nothing is more than $10. Expect things like steamed organic rice in a chicken broth, shabu shabu steak buns, and a curry and cheddar donut that will make you question every donut you’ve ever eaten.
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