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A coffeehouse with really good food!

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Jenji Jan 15, 2002 03:27 PM

To escape my children, I'd recently taken to working in some local coffeehouses, but was very disappointed in the quality of the noshing (I think the food leaves much to be desired at the Coffee Table and Cafe Mi Cultura has great sweets, but sometimes I need more and they stopped making sandwiches)... until a friend told me about Dose of Joe. It's located in a little house on Rowena near Glendale Blvd. in Silverlake, and somebody is doing something right in the kitchen. I've had delicious home-baked scones and a solid huevos rancheros for breakfast. For lunch I've enjoyed a yummy BLAT salad and another time I had, sincerely, one of the best cheeseburgers I've ever tasted. Great bun, organic beef, grilled tomatoes and onions. Superb! I have friends who similarly rave, so I'm passing on the good news. It's also very cute inside and they have a nice patio outside and you can sit all day.

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    johanna Jan 16, 2002 11:02 AM

    Aroma Cafe on Tujunga and Moorpark in Studio City is good. Nice atmosphere good people watching. Book store attached, inside and outside seating. Very nice for a first date! (good new subject..best place for a first date?)

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      Deirdre Jan 15, 2002 09:08 PM

      Has anybody tried Nat's Coffee Shop on Burbank in Van Nuys? Can't remember the corner street. They bake their own pies, cookies, muffins, etc., make homemade soups, and you can even find a decent Ruben sandwich. However, parking is a pain, especially on Tuesday because of the street sweeper.

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        soccerdad Jan 16, 2002 10:45 AM

        Nat's Early BIte is fabulous. Great inexpensive breakfasts.

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          johanna Jan 16, 2002 10:59 AM

          Nat's is the BEST! It's more of a coffee shop than a house.. It's on Hazeltine...

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          Belafkih Jan 15, 2002 05:14 PM

          I like the Panini Coffee (or something like that) next door to Aunt Kizzy's in the Marina. One of the few "quick eats" that I actually enjoy in the Marina Shoppning center there when I need a quick or cheap eat.

          Great Sandwhiches, love their California burger! Their soups rock!

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            eddie Jan 15, 2002 04:51 PM

            Urth Cafe on melrose has great organic soups and salads. never had their sweet stuff, but its always a busy place!

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              Marco Polo Jan 15, 2002 05:04 PM

              Urth Caffe makes their own "sweet stuff", e.g., pies, cakes, cheesecake, some of the cookies. The vegan chocolate cake made with Valrhona chocolate is terrific and I am far from being a vegetarian.

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              Eric Eto Jan 15, 2002 04:43 PM

              Although it's been a while since I've actually eaten there, I've always thought the food at Rita Flora (La Brea/6th St.) was above average. I'm also unsure whether it has evolved into more of a restaurant than a cafe. Either way, it is certainly one of the more pleasant places to hang out for a couple hours.

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                Marco Polo Jan 15, 2002 05:21 PM

                While I like Rita Flora's location and option to eat in the flower shop itself, I was unimpressed with the food last time I ate lunch there -- some kind of California chicken salad, as I recall. It wasn't bad, just uninspired. Cafe Midi down the street is much more interesting. They have good tea, coffee, and Badoit! The food selection is fresh and creative.

                Link: http://www.calendarlive.com/top/1,141...

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                  michael (mea culpa) Jan 15, 2002 05:25 PM

                  Badoit, the carbonated Evian??? Mais non.

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                Renee Jan 15, 2002 04:17 PM

                Coffee Merchant on PCH in Redondo Beach (next to Whole Foods) has just recently added a panini grill. My SO and I had the grilled vegie/goat cheese grill on Sunday and it was served along with some pretty fabulous potato salad with a vinegar base (vs. mayonnaise).

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                  Rafi Jan 15, 2002 03:57 PM

                  Jenji,

                  I love working at Dose of Joe's -- good air conditioning in summer, quiet and empty tables all year round. But the food? Hmmm. Can't say I was impressed by the scones but I'll give the hot food another try... Nothing can be worse than the swill at the Coffee Table...

                  Where is Cafe mi Cultura? Is that the place across from Rockaway Records?

                  See you in the nabe.

                  Rafi

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                    Jenji Jan 15, 2002 04:06 PM

                    Rafi-
                    The trick to the scones is getting them right out of the oven. Also, I like really heavy, bready, not-too-sweet things so they're right up my alley
                    Cafe Mi Cultura is a lovely place on Hollywood Blvd. a block (or two) east of Wilton.
                    See ya!

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