2388 Glendale Blvd Ste B, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003934.099838 -118.259222
Neighborhoods: Silver Lake, East LA
Cool coffee across the street from Rockaway Records.. – Comfort and convenience set this Silver Lake coffee shop apart. First, there’s a parking lot—a small miracle in these parts. There’s also free wireless, plenty of outlets, ample seating and a food menu that isn’t geared to sweet tooths. Sure, there are plenty of writers with their faces in laptops, but you’ll also find local couples enjoying breakfast over the newspaper. Inside, there are several wooden tables (expect to share table space if you’re at a spot with multiple seats), plus a pair of black leather couches. Outside, the two-tiered patio is a gem, with ample, umbrella-shaded tables and enough greenery to provide sufficient separation from Glendale Boulevard. On the drink menu, you’ll find organic espresso, loose-leaf teas, fruit smoothies and specials like an iced mojito green tea. Beyond the usual coffee shop pastries and sweets (croissants, bagels, muffins, brownies … ), there’s a decent selection of breakfast and lunch items. For breakfast, build-you-own egg sandwich or opt for a scramble or breakfast burrito (meat or veggie). Lunch features panini, wraps and a few salads.
Go to the Downbeat Cafe Instead – I figured since I've had a strawberry-oj-banana smoothie at the Silverlake Coffee Co. before, it would be no problem for them to whip one up again.
Big mistake. A simple request, which was on the menu was met with staff attitude, hostility, and a bland tasting smoothie without the strawberries. Do yourself a culinary and experiential favor and head over to the Downbeat Cafe at 1202 N Alvarado. They don't have smoothies, but the rest of the menu is worth the forfeiture of a blended fruit drink
Expect the Downbeat to have better music, better service, better food, better atmosphere including more pleasant and stimulating artwork, and last but not least better coffee.
They forgot my bagel, and then it had hardly any cream cheese! – I got my Latte right away, and it was delicious. But after putting a dollar in the tip jar, my bagel somehow got lost in the shuffle of other patrons. I watched a few omlettes come and go from the skillet to people who were behind me in line until I got the server's attention. She still made one more order before mine. When I got home and bit into the bagel, it was totally dry! I opened it up and saw a small dab of cream cheese slapped across the center, right over the hole. It was a crappy cafe experience.
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