Since our charming Angelz coffee shop closed (replaced by some truly icky "gourmet" food outfit) I haven't been able to find a replacement that combines good food and reasonable prices. I've tried to "bond" with HOP but it's been a fail more often than not. I will list the problems in order of greatest annoyance: 1. the atmosphere. I hate the counter. It's like having breakfast in a high chair for a baby. One need not be seated on a precipice, thank you. 2. the waiters and waitresses are mostly nice, but often harried and they radar their work drama too much to the customer. It's like watching a reality show set in a coffee shop sometimes. That is not friendly pleasantry or banter, it's torture. 3.the food is a real crap shoot. Breakfast is fairly lousy here; take the extra mile and go the Astro for a good breakfast. Frozen hash browns? YUKK! The omelettes are okay but pricy. Their version of anything Mexican is really bad, don't bother. They do have a really good fresh roasted turkey sandwhich, and a good burger, but the fires are generic and ho-hum. And the tab fails to please; too high for such mediocrity! 4. They seem to get a lot of return business from neighborhood folks, elders, and...unfortunately... families with shrieking children. I left with a half headache one morning; it was like eating in a day care for pre-schoolers. Which brings us around to what they are really selling: pie. order it, pick it up, take it home. They have a convenient location in their favor, but this is one House that is rarely in order. There is also a most unpleasant Asian woman of sour demeanour who seems to be the manager; warning: she can't handle criticism. I don't plan to spend much time in this House. There are 2 better options within a couple miles east or west (Astro and The Dunes on Sunset) with better food.
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!
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.
The cleanest and biggest AYCE KBBQ in town. Grab plates of raw rib eye, brisket, kalbi, bulgogi, squid or chicken - but get only what you can finish so you don't have to pay extra. While you wait for your food to cook, you can grab some shrimp/vegetable tempura, noodles and sushi. I skip that part since I don't want to waste stomach space.Grab a small saucer of salt with sesame oil to dip meat in and chopsticks. My favorites are rib eye, pork belly and brisket. You'll probably want to go here towards the end of the day/ when you have no plans to go somewhere afterwards because you'll end up smelling like smoke/ BBQ.Sometimes you'll get a friendly server, other times you'll get the grumpy/impatient one who'll grab the tongs/ scissors from you and make you feel like you don't know what the heck you're doing. Nevertheless, I do like this spot.
If a restaurant was frozen in time from Happy Days, you get an idea of what this place looks and feels like. Everything could be considered an antique from the stools to the toilet. which fooled me when I walked into the bathroom. The long lines had me wondering how good the food was but I was slightly disappointed. The burgers were good with cheese, i've never heard of and the snow cone cups were interesting. The pies were great though and the old school register didn't resemble anything in this decade. All in all. it was a great experience but somehow the food fell short. When I go there, I usually park at the mall without problems because parking is really bad especially at night.
This is my favorite place to go for Korean BBQ. We used to live a block up from them on James M. Wood, and we would gather our neighbors and friends to go there on Friday nights. Yes, the place is packed so it helps to make reservations, but the wait is not that bad ...20 mins or less.The food is excellent, with fresh banchan, good portion meats, and the dongchimi guksu is great! The portions are big, so we usually order a plate of meat for two, and a bowl of dongchimi guksu for two as well.I've tried other places, but the Corner Place is great because it's not trendy, it's just good food at good price, and casual. You can relax and feel at home.
You can’t call yourself a hamburger aficionado in Los Angeles without trying the Hickory burger. As far as I’m concerned it’s hamburger perfection: savory/ sweet hickory smoked barbecue, mayo, cheddar cheese and crisp lettuce. That’s it. Nothing fancy and it doesn’t need to be. The fries are always cooked to a golden crisp and one order is enough for two people to share. On top of that, they also serve the best banana cream pie in town. The servers can seem surly at times, but they’re no slouches. Lines to get in can be long, but the wait is worth it.
Caffe Bene is a great place for hanging out with friends. They offer tasty dessert and drinks with nice presentation. My favorite item here is the shaved ice cup. Staffs are friendly. this place has great environment for customers to relax or study. There are 2 levels- ground level is for regular gathering and the 2nd floor is the quiet zone. The only problem I have so far is the free wifi here is super slow. Valet parking available; the fee is $2. A few free parking spots (with Caffe Bene marks on the ground) available if you get to the cafe early.
The only place that I go to for mixed soondae soup. The first time I went I didn't even know what I was eating, but it was good. I was later told the soft tan meat slices (which were soo good) were pig ear which kind of grossed me out. That wasn't enough to stop me from eating it though. Found out this place has been around before any other soondae soup place and has been rated the best in LA. Take my word and give them a taste and you will be hooked. Parking may be difficult sometimes but its definitely worth it.
Luxxe is Luxe. As the name indicates, this is a high-end cafe place. You'll find all the requisite drinks and coffees including single origin. They also sell beans and pastries. Coffee is good, well crafted as is to be expected. Prices are upscale, service is correct.The best part is the outdoor patio, located in the courtyard of one of the more beautiful mid-century buildings along San Vicente Blvd/Brentwood area among trees and plants. Close to San Vicente and Whole Foods markets make this a nice destination.