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Blackbook Magazine's Top Ten Coffee Shops

overresearched Feb 20, 2009 09:49 AM

Here's a link to the article:


And here is the list:

1. CiCi's Cafe
2. Pose Cafe & Market
3. The Griddle
4. Cafe 50's
5. Basix Cafe
6. Jinky's Cafe
7. Nat's Early Bite
8. 101 Cofee Shop
9 Du-par's
10. Joyce's Coffee Shop

The question I have is what about Pann's or Jan's or someone else?

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  1. Das Ubergeek RE: overresearched Feb 20, 2009 10:22 AM

    Cafe 50's? Are they serious?

    And DuPar's is trendy? When did that happen?

    It's Nat's Early Bite, by the way.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek
      overresearched RE: Das Ubergeek Feb 20, 2009 11:40 AM

      Made correction. Thanks for the catch.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek
        JeetJet RE: Das Ubergeek Feb 20, 2009 01:02 PM

        Yeah, DuPar's trendy? I also wonder about the word "coffee shop" as opposed to cafe. When I think of a Coffee Shop I think of a place that has a coffee menu along with a breakfast menu. Something lke the Peach. But even if the words overlap in meanng then the Peach still stands out because of the food and the coffee selection menu.

        The Peach

        1. re: JeetJet
          Vaya Con Carne RE: JeetJet Feb 20, 2009 01:10 PM

          In the Blackbook posting there was some confusion about that too. I'm wondering if it's a regional or generational thing, or both? As a native Californian, to me, "coffee shop" means what east coasters call a "diner" - a place that serves short-order food, basically. A greasy spoon. Coffee is generally of dubious quality at best.

          Places that specialize in coffee I've always known as "coffee houses."

          1. re: Vaya Con Carne
            Das Ubergeek RE: Vaya Con Carne Feb 20, 2009 01:21 PM

            I know places that serve speciality coffees as "coffeehouses" and (here comes my NJ upbringing) places that are a counter with a short-order grill I know as "luncheonettes". Du-Par's reminds me more of Friendly's.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              JeetJet RE: Das Ubergeek Feb 20, 2009 02:33 PM

              Thats it -- "Coffeehouse." You two are correct. My memory is going down the tubes. A greasy spoon, cafe and coffee shop is the same thng.

          2. re: JeetJet
            ReelMike84 RE: JeetJet Feb 20, 2009 05:04 PM

            I've heard about PEACH CAFE. Never been though. What's good? Had that bacon waffle?

            1. re: ReelMike84
              JeetJet RE: ReelMike84 Feb 20, 2009 07:00 PM

              I like the pancakes. Never had the waffle. I have not had the burgber since they first began making it in 5 lb. batches. They were working on it back then but it was very good.

              1. re: ReelMike84
                JeetJet RE: ReelMike84 Feb 21, 2009 07:34 AM

                Yes, the bacon is very good also. I never had the waffles. The different breakfast potato selections are all good. The food is "Up-town." The owner will do everything to make you happy.

                1. re: ReelMike84
                  sel RE: ReelMike84 Feb 21, 2009 10:13 AM

                  Peach Smoothie is da bomb! Burgers and other sandwiches are also good. A long walk from Monrovia Mini, beats waiting at the dealer!

                  Peach Cafe
                  141 E Colorado Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016

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              schrutefarms RE: overresearched Feb 21, 2009 09:23 AM

              Hmm. Been to Basix many many times, and while I really like it, it doesn't seem like a "coffee shop". It's more "trendy weho neighborhood restaurant". My vote would go to the Village Coffee Shop in Beachwood Canyon. While not overly popular, is the definitive of what I consider a coffee shop.

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