Review + Pics: Fix Coffee in Echo Park
- Suebee Aug 29, 2008 06:41 PM
For review and more pics: http://reservationforthree.blogspot.com/
I love living in Echo Park. We moved here from Silver Lake back in October, a few days before we found out I was pregnant. One of my favorite things abut Echo Park is the true collective appreciation you sense when new cafes and restaurants open up in our still up-and-coming neighborhood.
There have been a slew of openings in the past few months with The Park (love it!), Lot 1 (before Josef Centeno left), and the soon-to-be-opened Two Boots. We thought 15, which has received much attention and is just down the street from us, was boring, overrated, and seriously mediocre. Too bad, as it seemed to have much potential.
Fix Coffee just opened this past week and, sure enough, it's already a community hub. Max went for morning coffee yesterday and then the three of us went for afternoon coffee. We weren't sure of their hours as their website is still under construction (c'mon guys, add at least the phone # and hours!) but we decided to head down the hill around 5pm to see if they were still open.
There were local moms and toddlers hanging out on the patio, people working on their laptops, curious locals eager to try the gelato and coffees, and even one of our favorite yoga teachers. It was bustling.
What a great space Marc, the owner, has created in the most odd location up the street on Echo Park Avenue. Modern, with dark woods and bright orange, the space is spare yet warm, probably due to Marc and his manager's enthusiasm. Marc introduced himself to us, said hi to Nate and quickly made our cappuccinos.
What am I most excited about? First of all, they are not messing around with the coffee. Even my decaf, non-fat cappuccino was superb and Max, ever the picky coffee snob, was equally impressed. The pastries, from Susina, are hard to resist but resist we did! The kind folks at Fix will even order Susina stuff for you if you don't want to make the schlep to La Brea.
The paninis offered included brie with pear, tomato and white cheddar, and gypsy salami and provolone. They also have a few salads, which were sold out by the time we were there. The gelato, which Marc insisted we try, was dangerous. Usually the short drive to Pazzo successfully prevents us from indulging but this may be irresistable. He gets it from a friend in Michigan (Palazzolo's?) and is eager to share tastes with his customers.
Most importantly, Fix is very baby-friendly with a big outdoor patio (more landscaping to come) and low-key Echo Park vibe. I'm certain the three of us will be spending many more mornings, afternoons, and evenings at Fix.
2100 Echo Park Avenue
Good coffee, susina pastries, Brie & pear paninis....and all about 3 blocks from my house. Sign me up!
Except I disagree about 15. I love it. It's an unpretentious neighborhood place, and they do nice things with veggies. Loves.
Thanks for the info Suebee...I wasn't sure if it had opened yet but the BF and I will definitely check it out on our neighborhood walk on Saturday. Gelato....ummmm!
Awesome, Suebee, you beat me to it! :) I'll tag on my review.
You might find this place if you get lost and drive too far north on Echo Park Ave. Yet, suddenly, at the NE corner of Baxter and Echo Pk Avenues, there it is. Pull over!
For those of us who live in the area, the place is a godsend. FIX doesn't yet have a sign, but you will always see someone there, getting their soy chai latte, pear brie sandwhich, or molten lava chocolate cake. Perfect for a late afternoon tete-a-tete or brunch. Beautiful architecture and romantic tree shaded outdoor patio, with brushed hardwood benches, quiet neon framed windows, and gelato. Water dishes for dogs and plenty of space for strollers or bikes. Slightly upscale in price, but worth it, with premium coffees and a great array of rare teas in single serving presspots.
The crowd is yuppie, artsy, family and nouveau Echo Park. There is even a little parking lot, but also lots of street parking, so they don't have the parking problem that South Echo Park Avenue establishments do. Nothing beats Delilah's coffee cake, but you've got to try FIX's chocolate cherry or spinach and feta croissants... mmmmm.
Nice people to serve you. Go. Not too crowded. Yet. Hours are generally 8 AM - 6 PM M-Sun, they are still getting settled though, so stay tuned.
The boy and I went there Saturday afternoon on our twice-monthly "get out of the house so the cleaning lady can do her thing" walk. A little on the pricey side, has a very "hip" vibe, but unlike so many "hip" coffee places, the staff was very friendly...and the best part: the gentleman who I think was the manager/owner got a big bowl of water for our very thristy dog! Anybody who's good with Puppy is good with me. Very good peach gelato too!
I work Sundays and I commute to work by bicycle on Sundays so I decided to stop by FIX on my way to work as I live just above at the top of the hill behind FIX. I guess I got there too early as it wasn't quite 8am yet so they weren't open. I rode up to the front door to see if business hours were posted. I only saw a closed sign.
A gentleman stepped out of the store, the owner I assume, so I asked him what time he opened and told me 9am. I told him I'll be back after I finish work.
Later that afternoon after finishing work at 6pm and riding my bike from Hollywood I stopped by FIX again but I had just missed them as they had just closed and saw the same gentleman closing the parking lot gate. I didn't stop this time. We just made eye contact.
I'll try again in a few days....