I only see one listing for this establishment on the site, but there are actually two different "dining experiences" happening here. The Coffee Table Cafe is a casual spot with good casual fare - sandwiches, salads, pasta and the like - and usually the food served is fresh and tasty. It's a nice change from fast food, and has a comfort food quality that leaves me sated after my meal. The chicken salad is a favorite of mine, which speaks volumes because it has cranberries in it and I don't usually like raisins or berries mixed into other foods. The salad is perfectly balanced between creamy and chunky, without being runny or dry. I usually enjoy it on ciabatta bread, which is always fresh and tasty. The immediately adjacent Coffee Table Lounge is also decidedly casual, though it has a more sports-bar like atmosphere, as evidenced by the huge screen that engulfs the entire back wall over the bar. However, where the Cafe is brightly lit and has a more organic feel, what with its mosaic tile tables and other homey touches, the Lounge is hip, replete with tall stainless steel tables, dark lighting and the Uber TV. I'm pretty sure both establishments share a single kitchen, and the food quality is good overall. But what I love the most about the Lounge is the selection of bottled beers - well over 100 - and for the few times I've been there, the beers are stored well and fresh upon opening. They also have a decent selection of beers on tap. On my last visit I enjoyed the Los Feliz Burger - a.k.a. cheese burger - and it was definitely decent. Now that I think of it, the server didn't ask how I wanted it cooked, but I had no complaints. The only weird issue was a sudden lapse in service after our food and second round of drinks were served. It appeared that our server was working alone when we first arrived. More help came later and he took a break. Problem was, no one else came to the table to ask after our empty glasses or to clear our plates which we were clearly done with. The server seemed to be enjoying his break in the next booth with friends and even when he was done, it took another 5 or so minutes to get his attention and ask for the check. Probably just a mis-communication between the other server(s) but something to watch for in the future. Parking can be a bit dicey - there's a shared lot across the street on Shearin with a limited number of spots, plus on-street parking as well. Do watch for street cleaning during the weekdays. All in all a great neighborhood spot with easy access from Glendale, Pasadena and surrounding areas.
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The essence of a coffee shop is usually not its coffee, but its comfort. How comfortable is it to get some work done? How comfortable is it to hang out and relax with the morning paper? For while the coffee itself is important, if it were the most important part of a coffee shop, I'm afraid, McDonalds and 7eleven might be the Shangrilla of coffee. But seriously, I am not a fan of the overly strong Starbucks coffee that gives me a heart burn every time I take a swig. Rather, I prefer light, tasty coffee, a la Dunkin Donuts. So when it comes to coffee shops, I prefer to rate it on "ambiance, attitude and allure". I think I should patent this - the 3 A's. Anyway, Swork has all of the above. They have free Wi-Fi, ample tables for singles and accessible power outlets to juice those laptops. They have great outdoor seating as well for those babysitting their dogs or those interesting in people watching. Inside, they have a couple of computer terminals for pay-as-you-go use. So it serves as a decent internet cafe. But bring your own laptop, buy a coffee and you will get free Wi-Fi. So why the 4 stars? Well, the coffee is still a part (albeit a small part) of the experience and it does not measure up. It is way too strong (even their breakfast blend is strong). Also, while some might consider being infant friendly a plus, I really have no patience for loud toddlers. Swork has a play pen area inside for young boys and girls to play around in while the parent catches a break. Some might give that an extra star and maybe one day I will too, but not today
I worked in Eagle Rock for years, and only managed to get to the Coffee Table once. I had some type of Chicken Salad Sandwich that had cranberries in it - and I don't do berries in food. What can I say...it's a texture thing? I somehow missed that little detail on the menu. Anyways...on my most recent visit, which was a desperate exodus from the limited unique eateries on "Bland Blvd" in Glendale where I now work, a friend and I decided to try this place. The menu is enormous - literally, as it is posted high up on the wall behind the counter. I���d recommend grabbing the much easier-to-read paper menu available on the counter. That way you can peruse the selections while queuing up to place your order. The Coffee Table offers a wide variety of food, from healthy to comfort. There's even a nice selection of bottled beers, including New Belgium's 1554 (from the makers of Fat Tire) and some other choice selections. The service was a bit slow once we sat down, but the place was crowded. I ordered a Patty Melt, fries and a 1554; my friend had a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup. The food was good, not spectacular, but still quite a nice change from the usual fare available from (insert chain restaurant name here) in our neck of the woods. It did seem like the folks working here seemed a bit uninterested in what they were doing, but all in all, we enjoyed the colorful and eclectic atmosphere, and plan to return soon.
Wow. I'll admit, I have shyed away from here just because it kind of looked a little corporate coffee-ee. Well, whatever it is, they serve up good coffee and awesome customer service. I'll warn you, not a lot of electical outlets here- when I asked about plugging in my laptop, the staff here went on a mission. When they were all taken, they offered an extension cord from the back bar. They said we could move tables. There happened to be an empty table near said back bar, but when the extension cord and my laptop didn't work, the staff climbed under the counter to see if they could make the cord stretch. It did. Viola. The barista on staff was great- double-checked with me if my in-house coffee size was okay, if I didn't like my milk choice, let her know and she would redo, the works. Apologized to ME because of the weird tipping- can't tip on a credit card. She apologized that they did not have a workable system on a credit card. I am impressed. I hope I see this staff again. Very customer oriented. Very rare to get this level of interest in most coffee places!
Our visit to Cafe Beaujolais was by happenstance - my wife and I were on our way from Pasadena to Santa Monica for a xmas party, but wound up stuck on the Glendale 5S for over 30 minutes before deciding to abort the westside foray. On our way back through Eagle Rock on local streets, we decided to salvage the night out by swinging by a french bistro I've heard a few times but never had a reason to stop by at until now! The best about Cafe Beaujolais is the atmosphere - it's as authentic as one can get. It's in a bit gritty neighborhood, walk-ins only, and the dark interior is plastered with '20s french movie posters and blaring Forget Paris soundtrack ;-). And all the waiters speak French. OK food - it's good. We got the duck pate (congealed innards is always fabulous), rainbow trout (awesome sauce) and steak fritte (this was a bit of a letdown - authentic, but a bit disappointing on the quality of meat). And for dessert, of course: creme brule. The service was friendly and well coordinated, and overall the experience was tres bien!
This Starbucks is my favorite one downtown. Even though there were two Starbucks locations closer to my work I always ended up walking to this one because they always got my drink of choice absolutely perfect everytime. Starbucks wants your experience and your drink to be exactly the same at every location you go to. This does not happen and I cannot imagine they aren't aware of it. I order an iced green tea latte a lot of the time. Sometimes they shake it, sometimes they stir it, sometimes it has milk, sometimes it's all water (blegh!), sometimes it's sweetened just right, unsweetened or way too sweet, etc, etc. You get the point. At this location they always get it right and I am so glad someone knows what they're doing! I've also ordered green teas, iced coffees and caramel macchiatos here and they all end up tasting like they're supposed to. Also, the people are really nice. Rarely do I have a bad customer service experience here. Way to go Starbucks on Fig! You always make my day that much better.
I went here on a Wednesday night, and we came before the rush. A surprisingly busy restaurant for a weekday, but it could be that families were enjoying holiday dinners too. They brought out french baguette pieces for us to eat while we wait for our food. The bread seemed a little stale. My fiance and I shared a french onion soup to start with. It was a bit too vinegary and tangy for my taste. Usually, french onion soup has more beef broth flavor. The cheese melted on top was also mediocre. For my entree I had the Steak Maitre d' and my fiance had the filet mignon. My dish was good, but I don't think it was worht the price. The steak seems a little lacking in flavor. French fries were fine. The filet mignon dish was good. We ended with a creme brulee that was very tasty! Parking is scarce - try the street or the neighborhoods around the block.
This coffee bean has always had a special place in my heart and in the heart of most locals. This place is all about amazing costumer service, great coffee, coolest hangout spot... Service is always top-notch... very prompt, friendly, and accommodating which is one of the main reasons why we keep going there. Oh and before I forget... this place is right across from the Albertson's supermarket (my all time favorite supermarket by the way) and a block away from where I live. Long story short... no other coffee bean makes their regular black coffee as strong as perfect as delicious as they do... after this I don't even have to mention about the rest of the coffees they make here. The guys who work here are awesome... no question asked about it!. Freshness - 10 Customer Service - 10 Atmosphere - 10
My first experience at Klat was great. My friend and I came here on a Friday around 6 pm, parking was bad but the restaurant wasn't busy at that time. We ordered Ribeye Kimchi Fried Rice (topped with fried egg) and also the Shrimp and Bacon Fried Rice (with pesto sauce). Both dishes were served in presentable ways and the tastes were very flavorful and delicious! My friend and I walked out with full satisfaction! Klat was located at the southwest corner of CGV Cinema Plaza. The atmosphere was lovely, clean and bright (large windows so perfect lighting for pictures) ! Outdoor seatings available with good street views. Order your food first, then you can sit anywhere you want. Service was super friendly. Servers were so polite that I almost had a hard time hearing them lol. Free wifi available!
I know it's a classic in Los Feliz, I know it's popular and everyone goes at least once. But after going once, I don't really understand what the hype is. Other than the fact it's called "house of pies" and it has an old school cafeteria feel to it, it doesn't stick out to me. The old cafeteria feel is not a plus. Now, I haven't tried every single thing on the menu, but i have tried a pie. The pie was too expensive for its slightly-above-grocery-store-quality taste. The service was good and everything was alright but why is it when restaurants are always full, they seem to care not to put any of that money back into rejuvination. I can spend just as much somewhere else to get a pie that is spectacular, made fresh, and in a bright and happy space.