Friday, June 18, 2010

Breakfast Theatre

As I bite into my early morning burrito at Clockers' Corner, I can't decide which is more magnificent: the San Gabriel Mountains and palm trees shrouded in mist or the thoroughbreds running at full throttle.

The photogenic setting at Santa Anita Park has been featured in films from the Marx Brothers' A Day at the Races in 1937 to Seabiscuit in 2003. But, unlike a typical day at the races, the morning mood is serene. The only sounds are the steady clip clop of walking horses, the staccato clapping of running hooves or an occasional snort as jockeys and trainers work out their horses.

It's the perfect backdrop for my morning meal, where everything from bagels and breakfast burritos to pancakes and omelets is available at Clockers' Corner, the casual counter restaurant at Santa Anita.

As for that breakfast burrito? I'll be honest. It's easy to find a better one just about anywhere in town, but you won't find a better place to eat it. (Next time, I'll play it safe with a toasted bagel with cream cheese.)

Clockers' Corner
285 W. Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, CA
Hours: 7:00 to 10:00 am
Parking is free before 10:00 am. Enter Gate 8 from Baldwin Ave.

Modest prices, magnificent views.


Anonymous said...

Best breakfast deal in town. And what a view.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Take advantage of Santa Anita while it's still around.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Did everybody go to Santa Anita this week? Between FB and the blogs it seems to be a popular subject matter. Me; I like the sausages.

bit -o-trivia:: every kid who grew up in this area learned how to drive by practicing in the Santa Anita parking lot (before it was reduced by the mall)

Petrea Burchard said...

Apparently last week was the week for it, PA. Good weather.

I enjoyed the Bob Baffert (menu item, I mean. I don't know Bob personally).

Unknown said...

I have not been to Clockers Corners in years, but I prefer it to attending the actual races.

Susan C said...

Yes, it does seem that everyone in the San Gabriel Valley went to (and wrote about) Clockers' Corner last week.

PA, Funny that kids learned to drive in Santa Anita parking lot. I learned to drive in the narrow lanes of our local graveyard.

Unknown said...

I have never been horseback riding. Certainly very interesting.