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Jan 18, 2007 10:42 PM

3 Square Cafe + Bakery on Abbot Kinney now opened

Rockenwagner's 3 Square Cafe + Bakery opened on Abbot Kinney this week -- yahoo! Went there yesterday and there was actually a line out the door. I work near Venice and now I don't have to drive down Washington Blvd. to get their Bacon & Cheese Twists. Oh, joy! :)

They also have great sandwiches. I had the brie with caramelized pears and figs on walnut bread. It was excellent. The cafe part is not opened yet but it will be end of January. Parking's a hassle, but that's Abbot Kinney for you.

Check them out:

3 Square Cafe + Bakery
1121 Abbot KInney
Venice, CA 90291

Enjoy :)

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  1. yeah, i remember a digital readout stating it would open at 7am on Tuesday, while on my way to a great beer bar, the other room.

    is this one just like the bakery on washington or different? thanks.

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    1. re: kevin

      Pretty much the same but alot more $$ in the decor - also counter seating inside as well as some really cool tables outside in a covered area adjacent to the bake shop (actually part of the soon-to-be-opened cafe - tables retract into the cafe when not in use). I think the prices are a little more varied here - not sure since I haven't been to R in about three weeks... Of course they have the signature Pretzel Twist with Bacon and Cheese. Had the bacon/cheese scone to be a little different - good concept but very salty - need some serious water to wash it down. Mixed berry scone and cinnamon roll were great...

      Triplecreme did a writeup on 3 Square too... I drive by there every day... they've been pretty busy... parking is bad as is everywhere around this part of Abbot Kinney - very tempting to park in the red zone in front - watch out for the metermaids -they've been stepping it up around here...

      1. re: bulavinaka

        You can usually find places to park on Electric Ave and then just walk over a couple blocks from there. There ya go... My best kept secret, out of the bag. ;^)

        By the way, the food at this place is rad. I went there for dinner last night and had the Schnitzel. It was a pork tenderloin, pounded out, breaded and fried, served with a creamy cucumber salad. Awesome. Before the meal they bring out 3 different types of bread, all served fresh and warm (I got wheat, a rosemary seasoned bread, and pretzel bread). Holy crap is this place good!. The seating inside is a little tight, but they have plenty of outdoor seating with heatlamps so you can comfortably eat and check out the action going on at the bar on the opposite corner, Otheroom. Definitely check this place out. I will probably be going back in the next couple days.

        1. re: supergrizz

          Electric Ave just got even tighter to park... The city put up a 4-way stop at Electric and Santa Clara, and painted a red zone that took away four more parking spots... I got ticketed last Thursday for being about three or four inches in the red zone... that box of pastries got bumped up another $40...

    2. Had breakfast there yesterday. The chicken hash was pretty good. Couldn't resist ordering a pretzel roll too - was served warm out of the oven. Great!

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      1. re: Senor Popusa

        It was worth going through the long parking hunt - The Crab Soufflé I had for the main course was amazingly flavorful and not to mention the warm Pretzels!

        1. re: foodie Q

          I went on Memorial Day and they had a special brunch menu. The baked apple pancake was excellent - but much more like dessert than breakfast. The huevos rancheros with a chile relleno got mixed reviews from the two who ordered it. The bread basket we ordered had some good things and some blah pastries. So, overall some good, some eh, nothing to make me stop in my tracks and commit the spot to memory. Plus I got chased off the patio by a smoking C-list celebrity!

      2. The bakery is not what it used to be. We picked up the bacon and cheese pretzel and it had one piece of bacon on the whole thing! The raisin bread pudding had one piece of raisin . What is going on? I will not return.

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        1. re: mrsjoujou

          The bacon twist has always had one long rasher of bacon, hasn't it? I've never gotten more than one piece of bacon per twist.

          I eat here very regularly and it's still as great as ever.

        2. Sorry to resurrect. Did. Not. Enjoy.

          Mostly because of the service. I know this stuff happens, but ONE HOUR for a frickin $12 burger? Okay 15 minutes to sit and 45 to do what, I'm not sure. Are you kidding me? The burger was unremarkable, but I asked for no pretzel bun and they offered a brioche instead (which I would have been cool with) and served me a pretzel bun anyway. I was so hungry I just ate it. The fries; fried and crunchy potatoes are potato chips in my book. Our Swiss friend had the Leberkäs and was pleased. The coffee was good. Parking very bad. I won't go back. Matter of fact, I'm going on another burger hiatus. Sigh.

          I know it was karma. Last week I enjoyed a mole chicken tamale from Guelaguetza too much, this was payback.

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          1. re: ahuacatl

            Bummer of an experience... But your post does beg the question of why you would opt out of the pretzel roll for the burger when you're at 3 Square. I thought that was the whole point of the burger!

            1. re: glutton

              Good point, I went for my friend. I'm not terribly fond of pretzel anything and as it turns out, the pretzel roll bun wasn't bad. The burger was a bit too charred and the onions weren't caramelized, just mushy. The burgers at the Counter are much better. I went with the burger because the hostess kept mentioning them and I saw other patrons eating them. I should've gone with the $12 huevos rancheros.

            2. re: ahuacatl

              We enjoyed brunch here on Sunday. I had low expections - but an opposite experience. In fact, I was shocked at how fast the food came out. If anything, we felt a little rushed. Mr. No Peanuts' pretzel burger was good, but not exceptional. I ordered plainly - poached eggs, bacon and herbal tea - all fine. We both enjoyed the mixed bread basket with jam. I think I will try it again for lunch and dinner -- but think that James' Beach and 26 Beach and for that matter Cafe Buna have better brunch menus at similar prices.

              1. re: ElissaInPlaya

                What do you order at 26 Beach and Cafe Buna? I've had brunch at both a few times and haven't thought the food was very good at either. I would love to know good things to order so I have more brunch options in the area.

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  I know what you mean, I find both 26 Beach and Buna incredibly bland.

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    I usually tend toward fresh fruit and an egg-white omelette at 26 Beach. I agree that these are not *exciting choices*, but if I blow all my calories at bfast then dinner is Not fun. My mom loves their french toast. I also really like the coffee, the service, and the atmosphere at 26 Beach.

                    I like the huevos rancheros and lattes at Cafe Buna. Cafe Buna is so casual - and more neighborhoodish, but the prices are probably 50% less than 3 Square. I will say that it is probably not fair to do a comparison to 3 Square; but it is one of my neighborhood choices - so I do.

                    I guess I liked the decor the most (of these three restaurants) at 3 Square; but that is not generally enough to go back for the same meal; especially if I have to wait for a table.

              2. I recently purchased a pretzel roll from Rock...and was quite underwhelmed. The texture was a little too doughy. What I found most interesting is that looking at the ingredient list they use margarine instead of butter. Now, I understand (though don't excuse) my 95-year-old Austrian aunt using margarine for her Sacher Torte (a cultural thing), but Hans? Am I missing something?

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                1. re: roastingjoe

                  I went last weekend and was not impressed. The waiter asked me if I had ever had it before, I said no, and then he suggested tuna salad. When a waiter gives advice, I gladly take it. Very, very bland. I wonder what is so wrong with the chicken club? Hubby had the burger but he didn't rave about it.

                  1. re: bicoastalfoodie

                    I've had the burger ordered and served rare 2 or 3 times last summer and quite enjoyed it! Not in my L.A. area top 5 but it is in my top 10!

                  2. re: roastingjoe

                    i you are not missing anything. last time i was there i was served a rancid tasting pain au chocolat and an undrinkable hot chocolate. Very disappointing!!!