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Apr 3, 2008 10:57 PM

Coffee Zinio on westwood blvd

has anyone tried this joint out. i've passed by numerous times, never stopped by yet. i'm thinking it's been around for the better part of a yr and half.

Someone may have mentioned that there cheesecakes here are really good like Pastinas??? also on Westwood Blvd.

thanks in advance.

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  1. Persian central (nothing wrong with that, it just is). Nice owner, decent coffees. Hookahs too. Food's just so-so.

    3 Replies
    1. re: J.L.

      how's the pastries?

      and are the sandwiches in the vein of attari and canary, i.e. persian sandwiches with stuffings such as kuku, or tongue, or brains or something else altoghether.

      1. re: kevin

        Dunno, haven't tried. I've been there mostly at nighttime, and from what I've seen, most people go there to hang & have coffee & do the hookah thing, not really to eat much. The desserts are passable.

        1. re: J.L.

          Agreed. It's a nice enough place to smoke hookah, but it's not worthy of mention on Chowhound for the food or drink.

    2. Yeah, I was the one who said that their cheesecake was like Pastina's. But then I went again, and it wasn't as good because it had weird-refrigerator taste, like something was wrong with their refrigerated case and was imparting a strange plastic-y flavor.

      I'm guessing Zinio and Pastina buy their cake from the same vendor, but Pastina seems more consistent, thus the couple extra $$. I could be wrong on this. Maybe they just happen to both use circular pans. I'll probably give Zinio another shot. One bad egg out of several good, eh, it happens.

      The sandwiches are more European (actually Brazilian) if I remember correctly, not Persian, and they were okay, nothing spectacular. I'd eat 'em if I was there and hungry, but I wouldn't drive for them.

      The coffee, I liked - better than Starbucks, well-priced. I would drive for that.

      Ambiance wise, kind of noisy inside and out, and on the patio, a lot of heavily scented hookahs, which I find cloying (strawberry tobacco? no thanks), but to each his own.