Manhattan, NY, USA
Their scones are incredible (raspberry lime, buttermilk, pumpkin, orange chocolate), as are Alice's Tea and the Lavender Earl Grey Tea. Sure the decor is sort of ridiculous, but the tea and scones are legitimately awesome. Also, if you're feeling like a real meal for brunch, Alice's Curious French Toast is decadent and delicious enough to kill.
I will admit "soul food" and "west coast" are totally incompatible concepts in my mind, but Hard Knox proved that the West has got chops in the soul food department. Their fried chicken (with or without waffle!) and cornbread is legit. Also, awesome beer list to accompany your deep fried and gravy soaked eats.
I never realized they were owned by the same people! I live right near the HP and LP one, but I have still never eaten there. Is it good?
For 3 out of my 4 years at the U of C I went at least once a month. One winter quarter it was more like 2 or 3 times a week. So, maybe I'm a glutton. Fine. All I know is they are still THE best brakfast place I've ever been to. Really. Try any (or all...) of the pancakes. Also, order the hash browns (they're really home fries). Your life will be changed.