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Antigua Bread in Highland Park?

sbudick Jan 31, 2007 09:05 PM

Anybody know anything about what looks to be a future bakery/cafe at Ave. 57 & Figueroa? They've got a snazzy web site up at antiguabread.com, but no info is provided. Might there be a relation to the antigua coffee house on Huntington?

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    sbudick RE: sbudick Feb 6, 2007 02:01 PM

    I talked to the owner this morning. There's no relationship to Antigua coffee on Huntington. He expects them to open in April with maybe 30% Guatamelan breads and the rest more European style breads and pastries. Looks really promising, could be great for the neighborood.

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      slacker RE: sbudick May 15, 2007 04:49 PM

      Have they opened?

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        sbudick RE: slacker May 17, 2007 06:23 PM

        Not yet. They've had some trouble connecting to the city sewage line and that set them back a few months. The new goal is for a June opening.
        BTW, there's also an intriguing cafe type space right across Fig. that's looked set to open for a few weeks now. No sign up last time I checked, but looked tres chichi for Highland Parque.

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          Dennis Hernandez RE: slacker May 20, 2007 10:31 AM

          Hello guys, I am one of the Antigua Bread members and I am just writing to let you know that we project to be open by late July. We will keep you posted as to when we will open.

          Best regards!

          Dennis Hernandez.

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            Emboat RE: Dennis Hernandez Jun 19, 2007 11:38 PM

            is this in the same mini mall as the subway?

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              sbudick RE: Emboat Jun 19, 2007 11:50 PM

              No, it's not in a mini-mall, it's right next to Las Cazuelas at Ave. 57.

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              BCM RE: Dennis Hernandez Sep 6, 2007 09:23 AM

              Congratulations on getting everything up and running! The establishment looks awesome. The coffee, excellent!!! Looking forward to the fresh bread and pastries. Welcome to the neighborhood!

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                slacker RE: BCM Sep 6, 2007 01:58 PM

                Thanks for posting this, had not driven by there in awhile and didn't know they had opened. I'm heading over there ASAP.

                Does anyone have their hours? thanks.

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                  BCM RE: slacker Sep 6, 2007 02:44 PM

                  Slacker, Their official Grand Opening is tomorrow (Sep. 7th).
                  I took one of their flyers; it stated that they will open at 6 a.m. I was there until 11 p.m., last night. But not sure what time they will be closing on a regular basis....

                  But I'll call right now. :) 323-259-9345

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                    alnyden RE: BCM Sep 7, 2007 03:43 PM

                    They opened today. If you live in the neighborhood I highly recommend it. Very cute inside, friendly, and lots of food choices. I had the burger, which was very good. Looking at other people's food I have a feeling the grilled veggie sandwich may be the way to go. Sure there were some opening day mistakes, but all things considered, they were pretty organized and professional. Check it out!

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                      Highland Parker RE: alnyden Sep 7, 2007 09:43 PM

                      Went there for breakfast this morning, about 7am. The place is really cute, nice warm decor with indoor and outdoor seating. The staff is very friendly, and handled orders efficiently - which was pretty impressive considering the not so small flood of people that arrived shortly after we did. We ordered the breakfast croissant sandwich and the chorizo burrito - both were delicious. I also took home a baguette from the bakery and it was excellent - nice crumb, good and crusty. If that baguette was any indication of the bread menu to come... I'm thrilled. Good luck to you Antigua Bakery!!....I will definitley be back!

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                        BCM RE: Highland Parker Sep 11, 2007 02:54 PM

                        Ok guys... Went there for lunch today. The environment was nice; the place was packed! I actually had their food this time around.
                        I had the roasted turkey sandwich... I was good, but I wouldn't say it was excellent (IMO they have to ease up on the mustard and mayo). But other that it was good. The fries on the other hand were a bit to oily and soggy for my taste.

                        But hey, they've only been open for a couple of days (4), I'm sure they will resolve the whole soggy fries issue. Other than that, all the other customers food looked really good! Couldn't leave without buying the coffee, it was just as I expected, extremely good. Charbucks look out!!!!~~~ BTW- I had the Caramel Latte, extra shot, extra hot.

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                      slacker RE: BCM Sep 7, 2007 03:52 PM

                      Good thing I didn't rush over there yesterday. :) Will have to check it out this weekend.

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              lwagnero RE: sbudick Nov 10, 2007 06:47 PM

              ughhhh. I was really excited about his place. Hoping that it would be a lively neighborhood cafe with European pastries, good coffee and acceptable cafe/bistro food........nope, none of the above. The menu is weird and the food tastes bad, Beef Stroganoff and bland south American pastries anyone? The pastries are terrible and the coffee mediocre. People in the neighborhood will come here, but only because there are no other options. I want to support local business,but Antigua is not up to my standards to justify frequenting on a regular basis.

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                slacker RE: sbudick Nov 10, 2007 08:51 PM

                Finally got to Antigua a few weeks ago. The good: breakfast all day. WOOHOO!!! The not so good: uh, breakfast was not that good. The person at the counter who took my order was completely clueless. Coffee not so good. The menu has typos all over it, and different fonts, and they really should number the food items so the people at the counter wouldn't get confused.
                Back to the good: they're trying hard. I can get eggs and other breakfasty food any time of day, maybe not the best, but hey it's served all day. Inexpensive. Support my hood.

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                  NickSantangelo RE: slacker Dec 8, 2007 07:51 PM

                  Was in the neighborhood (I live in Mt Wash) and stopped in around 8pm tonight. I'm surprised no one mentioned that is right around the corner from the Gold Line Station- not food related to be sure but good to know. I had a California Burger Special. The burger was great and I thought the fries were better than most .They were skinny but crunchy. Service was fairly swift- only a couple of tables occupied.

                  They have a nice patio area- I believe they even have live entertainment on occasion. Will definitely try them again- maybe for the breakfast. Auntie Ems is a real schlepp and we need something dependable close to home.

                2. blastosister RE: sbudick Feb 12, 2008 10:41 AM

                  Antigua is a great addition to the neighborhood, easily beating out all the other local cafes for a place to sit down with a cup of coffee and read for an hour or two. The music is low key and noninvasive to concentration. There is no smoking in the outdoor seating area, which is a pleasant alternative to most places. If it weren't for the subwoofers and the Dash Bus's squeaky brakes it'd be ideal. And somebody mentioned the baguette – definitely pick up a baguette – a $1.75, but they're near perfect. Also, I see people on computers so I'm assuming there's wifi.

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