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T on Fairfax, what's it like?

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Has anyone been to T on Fairfax?

http://www.tonfairfax.com/

I like the look of this place, and their menu piqued my interest. As did the free WiFi... I am a student and am always looking for new and interesting places to park myself for the day.

If you've been, please comment on the food, the drinks, the decor, the music, the overall vibe... I'd be commuting from the Pasadena area, but if it's worth it I'm happy to drive to enjoy a new scene while getting my work done.

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  1. It's cool, if you're into a loungier setting. Two of the owners/partners owned a bar/club together, and I guess they wanted to do something that would contribute to others' health. The music sometimes depends on the people at the counter, it seems, but it's in the vein of trip hop, indie rock, ambient electronica, etc.

    The food's strictly vegetarian, with vegan options for just about everything. At least one of the younger cooks is AOC/Lucques-trained, and I'm pretty sure everyone I've heard about from the kitchen went to CSCA and the like. Nearly all of the stuff to-go is packaged in biodegradeable and/or recyclable materials. And there's tea, and lots of it. Coffee and espresso drinks too. The 100ish teas seeem to be from Art of Tea in BH (since they have the same names as the stuff at the Alcove Cafe), and the beans are exclusively from Stumptown Coffee in Portland.

    Can you tell I spend lots of time there?

    Oh, and the place isn't very loud or over-crowded (at least in the evenings), which is conducive to actually getting work done.

    1. I think most of the people who work there are students too, and take an interest in what people are doing, should the customers want to chat. The one I know (who used to work at AOC/Lucques) studies philo at that big blue and yellow school on the Westside.

      A lot of the customers are either students (including myself) or writers, it seems.

      1. Í've been there in the morning, it was not too crowded -- pretty mellow. They don't have breakfast, but the scone I had was pretty perfect. I wrote more about it here: http://tannazie.blogspot.com/2006/10/...

        1. I really dig T on Fairfax, and had a pretty good menu to go along with great tea. Haven't had the coffee yet, but there's plenty of time for that.

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