Summer coaxes us to dine out on glorious southern California mornings, near the beach. Soon the daily weather forecast will be ... perfect. Why not start a fantastic day this way?

The following are just a few favorite, independently-owned places that serve up the best morning meals in the land, and several have outdoor dining. Listed from points north to south:

Superba Food and Bread, The Pointe in El Segundo

Never mind no-carbs, it’d be a crime to not enjoy amazing breads and pastries with your meal, including Kouign Amann, the pastry from Brittany, France. Breakfast Monday-Friday; brunch weekends.

MB Post, Manhattan Beach

Seasonal menus promise all menu items are sublime. Seriously consider the Chef’s specials and order them without hesitation, they end quickly! Their Bacon-Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits are renowned. Brunch only on weekends, reservations recommended.

La Playita, Hermosa Beach

Long-time family-owned, right by the beach, order a house special for certain! Closed on Mondays, open for breakfast Tuesday-Sunday.

Wildflower Café, Redondo Beach

This place is cozy and charming, with unique menu items like Eggs Bruschetta, and a spacious patio. Open 7 days for breakfast.

The Original Pancake House, Redondo Beach

Usually always hailed as the best place for breakfast in this area, which is no surprise. Lighter eaters might love the Junior Plate, which includes coffee. Open 7 days for breakfast.

Eat at Rudy’s, Torrance

An iconic, long-time favorite in Old Torrance, they serve quintessential fare - delicious egg dishes, waffles, pancakes, and other house specialties – from around 6am, 7 days.

Malaga Cove Market and Café, Palos Verdes

Lovely, caring owners are always present to meet and greet. Great egg dishes and fresh baked goods, counter service, great coffee! Open 7 days for breakfast.