It's a good idea to consult with the craigslist food forum. They pointed me to a Monterey breakfast spot for a recent weekend trip. Loulou's Griddle in the Middle is perched on a working pier, and is sunny and cozy, with ships and people bustling around. Loulou's is a straightforward, cheery breakfast-only spot.
There's a theme of eight going on in the tiny sunny yellow building, with eight seats at the counter, four booths and four outdoor tables-may be not on purpose, but interesting, still. The eight plus eight seats receive food on dishes that are yellow or red, with a few black and white checkerboard plates thrown in for good measure.
We sat at a booth, and I was glad I had sunglasses to wear because the sun shined directly on me. It took a few minutes to get coffee and menus. The coffee cups are red and large, so that helped me get my caffeine groove on. I watched a local family eat at a booth near us, and a local sailor drink Anchor Steam out of a coffee mug while looking out at the pier. Other locals made small talk with the twenty something female cook, who was heralded as "manager, cook, operator, Miss Everything" by one admirer. She handled chatter and multiple food orders with ease and charm.
I recommend ordering the crab cake special, which comes with two eggs. Sadly, you really can't order the eggs fixed "any way" as the menu states. Our waitress stopped me cold when I asked for poached eggs, "We don't poach. Only over easy, medium or hard with the crab." Part of me wanted to grab the menu and show her why I thought I could order poached, but I just wanted breakfast, damnit, and over easy would be second best. The menu goes on and on about how great Loulou's potatoes are, and they were nicely browned and seasoned. Two problems: there was a slick of too much oil, and the serving size was three bites at most.
Loulou's overall character over ride these minor food quibbles. The food was fresh and tasted good. When I finished eating, I wasn't overly full-so maybe the potato portion was just right? Maybe other breakfast places serve up too much food, that I happily eat up? Future research is needed to explore these burning questions.