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.
I must admit that their cakes are pricy, but I really like them, especially the Green Tea Mille Crêpes, Strawberry Shortcake, and Couronne du Chocolat. We drive all the way from Glendale a lot just for their cakes.One day I just told my husband I felt like eating Lady M and what's waiting for me at home after work was a box of all the 11 flavors that were available on that day. He bought 12 pieces because he wanted to make a whole cake for me (so sweet!). Lady M offered one on the house because he bought a lot. It was a 2.5 hour drive including traffic and he doesn't eat cake at all. I felt so spoiled! One of the reviews mentioned $10 for the to-go box but we were never charged anything for the box.
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.
I wouldn't go to Gelson's for weekly shopping. It's just too expensive, and you can get pretty close to the quality at a good Ralph's or Pavillions. But when you are having a special dinner, or you are looking for a particularly hard to find vegetable, this Gelson's on Ventura is a sure bet. Their salad bar is genius, their prepared deli food is SO good. The fish, produce and meet are outstanding, they have a good selection of flowers, and an excellent bakery. All the aisles are fully stocked and all labels are facing outwards, which for me is something I definitely noticeable. Great store all around, I just wish prices were cheaper.
Suelo ir los domingos por la manana a la panederia el pan es muy delicioso. Trato amable de la cajera hacia los clientes,exelente pero hoy presencie algo que realmente de indignó.La manager del lugar le habló muy feo a la cajera frente a todos los que estabamos comprando. No es la primera vez que veo este tipo de en este lugar. No cabe duda que entre nosotros los latinos en vez de apoyarnos, entre nosotros nos humillamos. Me da tristeza al ver situaciones asi. Por favor a la persona dueño/a del restaurante/panamderia ponga atención en esta situación al igual que yo muchas personas nos fijamos en este tipo de incidentes.
These are the best tamales! Moist, delicious. I am 52 years old, and I can remember when we were kids my mom telling my dad, " only get the tamales from La Mascota"! My mom is a great cook; she always would tell us she knows how to make tamales from scratch. But when we would ask her to make some, she would say, "we'll just buy them from La Mascota". They are that good. When our relatives come from Mexico, they feast on tamales from La Moscota. Be warned; during the Holidays get there early. I get there at 5:30 AM and have to wait in line. Get there after 4 PM and you may find that they have sold out.
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.