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Feb 20, 2009 09:49 AM

Blackbook Magazine's Top Ten Coffee Shops

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. Cafe 50's? Are they serious?

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

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

    9 Replies
      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        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

          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

            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

              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

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

            1. re: ReelMike84

              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

                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

                  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

            2. 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.