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JiST cafe
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Today 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
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116 Judge John Aiso St Los Angeles, CA 90012
116 Judge John Aiso StreetUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90012
(213) 792-2116jistcafe.com
Cafe, New American RestaurantToday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 7:00 am – 3:00 pmWednesday 7:00 am – 3:00 pmThursday 7:00 am – 3:00 pmFriday 7:00 am – 3:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am – 3:00 pmSunday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Cheery indoor/outdoor cafe serves American eats, some with an Asian twist, for breakfast & lunch.- Google
"Seems like lots of folks enjoy the Chashu Hash Skillet so i went with that."
"Cute brunch place in Little Tokyo with plenty of outdoor seating."
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Pauline Cao
3 months ago
What We Ordered - Chashu Hash Skillet - French Toast - Super Breakfast Burrito I would come back JUST for their french toast alone! Melt in your mouth, buttery goodness!! I didn't need the syrup since it was amazing it's own. The Chashu Hash Skillet is good to try once....and only once because after you order it, you feel like your arteries are clogging as you see all your food swimming in fat and oil. :( It was a tad salty and everything started tasting the same after awhile. I tried a piece of my friends Super Breakfast Burrito... it was good but, the best thing about it was the green salsa they put on top!!! SOO GOOD. I should have asked for some with my Chashu... I will be back..for their FRENCH TOAST :)
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Natalie Kusonruksa
4 months ago
Jist is only for lunch and when I arrived on a Sunday about 40 minutes before closing time, the place was pretty empty. They have a few inside seating and a pretty big seating area outside. Their patio is dog friendly. My friend and I ordered the Chashu Hash Skillet with rice and the French Toast to share. Both were excellent and reasonably priced for the portion. The food came out very quickly as there wasn't that many patrons in the restaurant. I recommend getting the Chashu Hash with rice. The pork belly is heavenly and cooked perfectly. The flavor is great. The dish itself though is too sweet without having rice to offset it. If you check in on Yelp, they give you a free cookie. I didn't quite care for the cookie since it's not soft-baked but free is free after all. Parking can be hard to find. I was able to find free street parking several blocks down after circling a few times. There are a few paid lots in the area too if you don't want to look.
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Melanie Huynh
9 months ago
Since a friend suggested it, I came here for brunch around 1pm on Sunday. The only parking available was on the street, which took a while to find. My friend and I decided to share two dishes so we could try more of their menu. We ordered the Chashu Hash and the Curry Breakfast Enchiladas. The Chashu Hash comes with 2 soft boiled eggs in a very flavorful sauce. I would suggest ordering rice with this dish to soak up all the rice and I think this dish is enough for 2 people to share. The Chashu Hash is very heavy. The Curry Breakfast Enchiladas comes with 3 enchiladas filled with cheese and chicken sausage covered in Japanese style curry and a small salad on the side. The Curry Breakfast Enchiladas is my favorite of the two because it was much lighter but still filling. I probably would come here again to try their other interesting sounding dishes.
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Victor J Garza
a year ago
Great place if you are crazy hungry, slightly hungover or simply want good food. The staff is nice and inviting and their menu has plenty to choose from. Be aware that the portions aren't for the faint of heart. Once entree can easily feed two people. Given how good the food tends to be, one might feel tempted to kill an entire entree by ones self, but do this at your own risk. The fresh squeezed orange juice is no joke. You'll spend half the time drinking it and the other half chewing. All in all, a great place.
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Peter Benedict
3 months ago
The Chashu Pork Skillet was so good the first time, I had to get it again the second time I came here. The eggs though...UGH. Staff is super friendly, and they let us in even when we got there just a couple minutes before closing. Service is super quick too (maybe because they wanted us to leave so that they could close...but still)! The place itself is pretty small, but the outside patio is really nice. LURVE so much and I for sure will be back!
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Tiffany Cheung
5 months ago
Amazing little café located in Los Angeles that is definitely a hidden gem. They're only open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, so don't expect to go to JiST for dinner! Hours are from 7-3 on Tuesdays thru Fridays and 8-3 on Saturdays and Sundays. They are closed on Mondays! This small café has a few tables inside the restaurant and a lot more outside next to a museum. They have a variety of fusion dishes, but also specialize in breakfast-y types of food. You order at the front, take a number and seat yourself, and they bring the food to you. I came with my friends, one of whom has already tried JiST. She recommended the Chashu Hash Skillet and the Porky Omurice, and then I ordered the Crème Fraîche Pancakes as well. And the dishes were so amazing! I can see why everybody likes the Porky Omurice and the Chashu Hash. Wow - the flavors are so unique, that I feel like if somebody brought it home to me without me knowing where it's from, I would still know it came from JiST. The Porky Omurice came with an egg omelet style, which made the flavors of the rice so tasty! Not salty, and the sauce was just great - a little tangy and just amazing tasting when it's put into your mouth. The rice was also very fresh tasting! The Chashu Hash - yeah, it is a little oily and there are lots of Chashu fat inside the dish (so unhealthy, but still pretty tasty!), but after breaking open the two six minute eggs and letting the runny yolks run over the hash ... amazing! The potatoes also help keep the dish from being too savory and rich. It is definitely heavy, which is why they ask if you want a side of rice (at an extra cost). I would recommend getting an extra side of rice And the Crème Fraîche Pancakes - comes with seasonal fruit, whipped cream, and syrup. These pancakes were the FLUFFIEST pancakes I have ever tasted. No joke, I probably could have eaten them without syrup. The dish has three pancakes, and for us, it came with apples. The syrup added extra sweetness to the dish. The whipped cream melted quickly, and since it was only on the top pancake ... the other two didn't have that whipped cream taste. But no need because it was so good! VERY satisfied with the dining experience. The staff was friendly, and they did have high chairs for my friend's baby! They serve alcohol, as well. As for parking - well, you can find street parking or if you're lucky enough, get one of the metered parkings in front (there's just four). Or you can pay for parking at the lot right next door for $7. Food prices are decent. Around $9-$13. Definitely will be coming back! Don't forget to check-in to get a free cookie! The chocolate chip cookie was pretty tasty! :D
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Quincy Mirage
11 months ago
This was my second time eating here. The first time I concluded that the food was sub-par and overly priced. Today I decided to give the establishment a second chance by trying something different off the menu. I ordered the 'Mean Lean Scramble Machine' and I was quite content with the food until I found myself chewing on a piece of plastic wrap which was accidentally cooked into the food. The business is located a block away from where I work. Looks like I will be traveling further for food from now on
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Thomas Burke
3 weeks ago
Tasty, generous brunch.