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Homegirl Cafe - Cheap Downtown Breakfast

lil mikey May 20, 2009 12:50 PM

Service is a little slow, but not annoyingly so. And the server was quite pleasant.

Coffee has cinnamon in it, so it’s a bit unusual.

The chilaquiles (normal ones, not Gabriella’s Chilaquiles) are spot-on. The tortillas are crunchy, and the green sauce is tangy, not hot, as I like it. There is a good portion of cotija cheese crumbled on top, which adds depth to the dish.

It comes with a choice of black beans or potatoes. I ordered half and half. The beans are very flavorful and saucy, with a long-simmered jalapeno chile in there. The potatoes come with corn mixed in, and they were also quite tasty. I’m glad I got both, as it gave the dish more variety.

Overall a delicious breakfast, and cheap. The chilaquiles were $6.95, a total bargain. I’m going back to this place for breakfast, and I’m also going to try lunch.

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  1. Dommy RE: lil mikey May 20, 2009 12:58 PM

    Those beans are my favorite around town... seriously... we've had them cater for us before and the beans got mega raves. :)

    Lunch is good too! :) The tortas are huge and the meats are really excellent! Love the homegirls! :)

    --Dommy!

    1. westsidegal RE: lil mikey May 20, 2009 02:05 PM

      everything i've ever tried there has been terrific.
      i LOOOOOVE the food they serve!!!!!!
      their food is very fresh, flavorful, and well-executed.
      many innovative dishes.

      (it should be noted, though, for the purists, that many of their items are mexican-inspired as opposed to mexican-authentic. they use far less grease than many mexican restaurants. if this is going to annoy you, be forewarned.)

      fwiw, i recommend this ordering system:
      order everything on the menu and then stuff yourself silly.

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        Dommy RE: westsidegal May 20, 2009 02:22 PM

        True, but I give the girls a lot of credit for being able to blend flavors and spices well, which is to me what is the essence of Mexican food. The depth of flavors, the multitude of ingredient (Fresh and high quality) that they work with is WORLDS better than many of the top Mexican restaurants in the city...

        No, it won't be Abuelita's cooking, but it would make Abuelita proud (I know my own LOVES it! :D)

        --Dommy!

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          westsidegal RE: Dommy May 20, 2009 02:47 PM

          i probably love it even more.
          i ADORE their food.

          but i know that there are some on this board (yes, EN and SGLA, i'm talking about you!) that take offense if a restaurant strays from the authentic dish, so they need to be forewarned.

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            monkuboy RE: westsidegal May 22, 2009 11:26 AM

            Authentic could taste lousy. Like the old commercial, Starkist wants tuna that tastes good, not tunas with good taste.

      2. David Kahn RE: lil mikey May 20, 2009 05:23 PM

        Alright, it's on the "to try" list. (Is this the right address, btw?)

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        Homegirl Cafe
        130 Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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          Dommy RE: David Kahn May 20, 2009 05:28 PM

          Yup... it's right across the gold line station...

          --Dommy!

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            westsidegal RE: David Kahn May 20, 2009 10:12 PM

            check their hours.
            i don't think they are open for dinner.

          2. ipsedixit RE: lil mikey May 20, 2009 10:40 PM

            I'm sorry, but if the place was not in the business of serving a very noble, and socially praise-worthy, rehabilitation effort, the food wouldn't seem nearly as good.

            Food is fine, prices are comparable to the quality; it's just not that special.

            Go to support a good cause if you want, but don't go expecting good food.

            Don't conflate a good deed with a good meal.

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              monkuboy RE: ipsedixit May 22, 2009 11:28 AM

              For the area it's worth a visit, though. Plus the interior is nice and spacious, lots of windows. I thought the food was a notch above the usual.

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                pharmnerd RE: monkuboy May 22, 2009 04:12 PM

                My thoughts exactly. I tried one of the 3 or so versions of chilaquiles and walked away without much to say. Wasn't great or awful, but fair. Would I go again for breakfast? Yes, but only if Phillipes up the street was closed for breakfast that day.

                Can't help but feel good about patronizing the place though. But definitely reset your patience meter a little higher than usual, as the service is slower than avg.

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                  westsidegal RE: pharmnerd May 22, 2009 05:32 PM

                  fwiw, the dishes that i like are:
                  ALL their salads (the dressings are citrusy)
                  the roasted corn
                  the tofu with chorizo-type seasoning that they use to make some of their tacos
                  their sandwiches

                  i am probably the only person who is not a fan of the green lemonade:
                  i loved the raspberry/mango drink, though

            2. PurpleTeeth RE: lil mikey May 22, 2009 10:01 AM

              FYI coffee with cinnamon is pretty common in Mexico.

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                Dommy RE: PurpleTeeth May 22, 2009 10:06 AM

                But still a special treat in L.A. You don't know HOW many times I've asked for Cafe de Olla at Mexican places and only recieve a blank stare or a deep appology from the wait staff...

                --Dommy!

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                  PurpleTeeth RE: Dommy May 22, 2009 10:22 AM

                  I know I love it as well,I can't wait to get over there to try it!

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                    Servorg RE: PurpleTeeth May 22, 2009 10:26 AM

                    I used to eat at a couple of spots on the westside of LA that put chicory in their coffee. Good for a taste change but not sure I would want everyplace to start doing so.

              2. alkylyou RE: lil mikey May 22, 2009 08:56 PM

                i back homegirl cafe SUPER hard.
                the food is ridiculous good and they're doing it for the right reasons.

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