Throwback Thursday: The Local Yolk in Manhattan Beach CA

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Throwback Thursday: The Local Yolk in Manhattan Beach CA


The Local Yolk in Manhattan Beach CA


I first enjoyed the Local Yolk in Manhattan Beach waaay back in 1999 and it's been one of our favorite breakfast places since. There are a number of other popular breakfast eateries in the same area, but this is my fav.


My daughter had started at USC in 1998 and found out about the place from her friends, so on visits from Boston to CA to see her this was the eatery of choice for breakfast. Manhattan Beach is such a charming beach town to explore...but it gets crowded...and we have spent a bit of time there with our daughter, and then with her husband, and now with the grandkids.


We were there this past weekend for breakfast and I realized that so little has changed over the years. There is a huge menu - they are known for their omelettes - the service is prompt, friendly, and efficient. And you are 3 blocks (up hill) from the ocean, with peaks from inside depending on where you are seated.


It has a diner look and feel, including the plastic water glasses, and it seems like many of the staff have been there for years. My daughter and her family have been there so often over the years that they are readily recognized. I also have a Local Yolk t-shirt I bought years ago that I still wear to the gym on occasion.

View from across the street from the Local Yolk

Ocean view in Manhattan Beach CA

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Comments (18)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS that's the best view in town....and nothing beats eggs in my book....

Mar 12, 2020 11:46 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Jeff Dowler, CRS - Yolk would be my favorite place too.  That view is spectacular.

Mar 12, 2020 11:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I am a big egg fan, too Barbara Todaro and their omelettes are terrific - I like the Popeye and the Californian the best.


Mar 12, 2020 01:23 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Grant Schneider 

It IS pretty nice - this view is slightly better since I took it from across the street, but I could see the ocean from the table we sat at on Sunday. It's a neat little town...and expensive...and the walks to the beach are good exercise with all the hills.


Mar 12, 2020 01:48 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - Finding a good breakfast eatery is something you hold on to. Based on your recommendation, I would definitely give this a try if I were in Manhatten Beach.  

Mar 12, 2020 03:37 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - What a wonderful story! It's stories like this that include family and kids growing up in a community that I enjoy the most. The Local Yolk thrives because of good customers like you, and you continue to eat there because of the quality services you get and good food too. It must be a very special place when the grandkids can be there with all of you too. Generational living, tasting good food, and enjoying each other's company at places that builds memories are the best neighborhood places to visit and enjoy. 

Mar 12, 2020 06:42 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Morning Jeff.

Love the view, maybe next time we are in the area, we'll visit the Yolk.  Who knows where I'll be at any given moment, surely not me

Mar 13, 2020 02:18 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jeff... sounds like my kind of place... and I like it when favorite eateries don't change much over the years... part of the appeal is the familiarity.

Mar 13, 2020 05:26 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like the name of that place, Jeff.  If I were going to set up a sister business to that one, I'd name it, "The Local Yockal."

Mar 13, 2020 05:35 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - so many puns are going(runny, perhaps) through my mind while reading your post.  Finding local places like The Local Yolk is the "stuff" that makes places "communities" and you certainly have a knack for doing just that.  It's a talent not everyone is "cracked up" achieving.  

Mar 13, 2020 07:14 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Love the name and love places you can go back to where everyone knows your name.

Mar 13, 2020 07:32 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Agreed Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  I liked the feel from the beginning, and the food is terrific. And after all these years it comforting to go and have it feel like it always has.


Mar 13, 2020 07:42 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

We always go on the weekend and it's pretty popular and sometimes crowded, but it's a great place to take kids. The staff is very welcoming of kids and immediately bring them a small muffin and a little fruit after sitting down.


Mar 13, 2020 07:45 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jeff Dowler, CRS - Location! Good food! Memorable for kids and families alike! This is a great example of the good old fashioned American Restaurant Owner who makes everyone satisfied with the food and services because they treat all people like family! 

I loved this story!!!

Mar 13, 2020 08:34 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ha ha James Dray  Enjoy those travels.

Agreed Nina Hollander  There's defininitely comfort is a great place with friendly staff who treat you well and you immediately feel welcome. Why change what's working. We heard lots of people coming in getting greeted by name!!


Mar 13, 2020 08:07 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That sounds like a wonderful place for breakfast.  I love hearing about places where the quality stays the same year after year for many years or even forever.

Mar 13, 2020 08:47 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Love that name Myrl Jeffcoat 

Ha ha Michael Jacobs  I can just imagine the other puns you could hatch.


Mar 13, 2020 10:27 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Me too Joe Pryor  They don't know my wife and I at the Local Yolk but they do know our daughter and her family.

We had a fav restaurant in Somerville (next to Cambridge near Boston) a short walk from our home, and got to know the owners very well. He was the chef, she did all the managing, and we got to know the staff (some of whom were their family), etc. If always felt like dining in someone's home. Of course we spent a ton of money there, too! LOL


Mar 13, 2020 10:30 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff breakfast is my favorite meal, so I am sure I would love the Local Yolk.

Mar 13, 2020 01:32 PM