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May 25, 2008 01:44 AM

hello, LA MILL lovers....

I do not intend to start another love/hate debate. Just want to know what your favorite drink (coffee/tea), menu items, baked goods, and desserts are??? I'm making my way out there tomorrow, so would appreciate a little pointer.

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  1. weakest items are the pastries. instead, go for the drinks and the food. i like espresso con panna, vanilla or mocha latte, crab or mushrooms with eggs, asian blt.

    1. Lattes are not nearly as good as those at Peet's.
      Egg dish with mushrooms is very good, yet the portion is quite small.

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      1. re: carter

        I strongly disagree. While Peet's is great for my everyday fix, they can't hold a candle to the espresso-based drinks at LA Mill. The coffee beans, the roast, the machines, and even the cups are far superior at LA Mill. Believe me, I want to prefer the much cheaper and more easily accessed drinks at Peet's but they just aren't nearly as good.

        LA Mill tops Caffe Luxxe and Inteligentsia by a hair and even those two establishments clearly outshine the solid, yet now merely pedestrian, Peet's.

        1. re: Frommtron

          Thin, vapid, no depth of flavor are not characteristics of a latte I want to drink, and those words describe the latte I had at LA Mill, about two or so weeks ago.
          I do not drink the machine, I only drink the end result product, and to me and the person with me that day, LA Mill could not hold a candle to the latte at Peet's.
          Sorry, you lose and pay more to do so. Hype is so wonderful.
          Yes, I realize Peet's does not pretend to serve serious food, yet I also do not go there for food. I go there for a good latte, and the one in Studio City really delivers. The one in Tarzana does not, the one in BH seldom does, the one in Westwood NEVER does, the Larchmont one does from time to time, the one in Brentwood can, depending on when I am there relative to when the bicyclists arrive, etc.
          I know what I like and Peet's Studio City does it VERY well.

          1. re: carter

            i can't understand how the peets in westwood serves horrible drinks while all the other peets i've tried serve good drinks.. .. .

            1. re: carter

              I go to Peet's nearly every day. It's still very good. It used to be some of the best the city had to offer. But just as people used to drink Yuban brewed in a percolator, things change.

              The beans at LA Mill are higher quality. I prefer the roast at LA Mill because I think Peet's goes just a bit too far towards burnt. The espresso pulls are all ristrettos at LA Mill and are, by their very nature, stronger. The lattes come with four of those very short, concentrated shots that are the equivalent volume of the two regular shots served at Peet's. A latte made with that amount of coffee coffee grounds and coming out as you described is defying some pretty astronomical odds. I can only guess that maybe you requested the amount of espresso to be lowered to two of LA Mill's shots which would be the equivalent of getting a latte with a single shot of espresso at Peet's.

              The espresso shots I had from LA Mill bear no resemblance to your description. And they shouldn't with all the care that's put into them. Believe me, I don't want to pay so much for an espresso . . . and 90% of the time I don't. LA Mill coffee is a special extravagance.

              This is not a matter of hype, it's a matter of taste and the proof is in that demitasse cup. You can disagree but I'd recommend revisiting LA Mill and your opinion.

              1. re: Frommtron

                No modification to my latte order, just drank what was served.
                I am sure there is more to their coffee than my one experience, yet to return, I will just have a cup of coffee, not a latte, yet will have to be in that neighborhood to do so as it represents no special driving destination for me, and Sherman Oaks is definitely not next door.

              2. re: carter

                I'm sure you're a very good judge of what you like and don't like in a latte. But that drink (Big gulp of espresso drinks) really doesn't let one judge how good or bad the shot of espresso is.

              3. re: Frommtron

                Peet's in Studio City does a MUCH better job with a regular latte than LA Mill. I do not go to Peet's for food, seldom even for pastry, and definitely not for desserts, eggs, etal.
                Not all Peet's are created equal, as the one in Tarzana is awful for lattes, as is the one in Westwood, while the BH, Brentwood and Larchmont ones can be good, depending on time, barista, etc.
                But this hype for LA Mill is not a universal acceptance for all products and all people. As I said, the egg dish was very good, yet also very small and very expensive as to value, yet ultimately very good. But I definitely would not order another latte there.
                Sorry for the double post - it took way too long for this lame server to register the previous post, and thus the repost.

            2. Baked goods are universally bad IMO, I like the simple pure clover preparation of their Ethiopian or Black Onyx.

              1. Try any of the real desserts, not the pastries. I love the passion fruit gelee but the sweet potato pie and the coffee panna cotta are also brilliant.

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                1. re: Chowpatty

                  I've had the first tow desserts you mention and think they are superb. Going to have to try the coffee panna cotta next. Thanks!

                2. I'm not a coffee drinker but loved the chai latte. Was less of a fan of the hong kong milk tea.