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For over two decades, a family owned cafe has been an Oceanside tradition. News 8's Larry Himmel takes us up historic Highway 101 for a beachy breakfast.

After personally serving up homestyle food to the North County coastal customers for the past 23 years, the first things Gary and Zell Dwelley want to show you are their surf motif commodes.

"If you're at the urinal, you're in the tube," said Zell of the Beach Break Café.

In fact, everything about the Beach Break Cafe will remind you of Oceanside's proud surfing tradition.

"It's all about surf. It's all about lifestyle. It's all about what we enjoy doing," noted Gary.

Hanging from the ceiling are works from the area's greatest shapers.

"I got a Dale Velzey surfboard. I got the three or four shaped by Phil Edwards. I got two surfboards shaped by Don Takiama," Gary explained.

And Granny's award winning photos are also proudly displayed.

"The Leroy Grannis wall, which is right over there. The whole wall is completely Leroy Grannis," continued Gary. "About two weeks ago, he passed away and you know he's in a better place, right now."

It's hard to find a better place for a friendly, hearty breakfast. Gary and Zell wanted to have the "Cheers" of breakfast restaurants, where you walk in and feel comfortable.

Among the Beach Break Cafe's regulars is former Chargers and

Packers cornerback Willie Buchanon.

"They have great food. It's a great family restaurant," he said.

And the superstar of Beach Break's Menu is the Banana Crunch French Toast.

"I was thinking about it one day, when I was driving home, "how can I do a really good French Toast?" and I love Honey Bunches of Oats. And I just go, "If I just put the Honey Bunches of Oats over and see how it works out...." apparently, it's a big success. Everybody loves it," said Gary.

The Beach Break Cafes new location is at 1802 South Coast Highway. The menu remains the same and the conversation never changes.

The local slurp up, until surf's up.

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