Saturday, March 04, 2017

Breakfast at Norms - Costa Mesa

I don't think anyone who goes to breakfast at Norms is doing it apprehensively. No one's thinking, "I wonder if I'm going to like what I ordered."

Old people. Kids. Asians. Latinos. Whites. No matter who it is, they're there because they know what they want and are going to get: Eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and a stack of pancakes to drowned in syrup.

There are no surprises at Norms. What you see in on the picture menu is exactly what comes out of the kitchen. The hash browns are crisp and so is the bacon. The pancakes are as fluffy as cotton. And the steak in the sirloin steak and eggs is actually flavorful, not to mention reasonable at $8.99. This is morning coffee shop fare at its best and most consistent.

The servers are awful nice, too. They greet the regulars by name--"Hey, good morning, Stan! See you next week, Doug!"--and as efficient as they are acrobatic at carrying multiple plates of food on their arms.

No, there are no surprises at Norms. It's one of life's constants. What happens with the rest of your day after you leave is, however, still a crap shoot.

2150 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 631-0505

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