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Place to catch up in West LA, Mar Vista or East Samo?

mollyomormon Oct 25, 2010 08:43 AM

I'd like to grab to some coffee later this afternoon with a friend in this area and am drawing a blank on anything but Starbuck's or Coffee Bean (either or which would be fine, although I'd be interested in grabbing something else). We've done Literati and so I was trying to think of another place. It would also be helpful if it's somewhere that parking isn't a nightmare, although now I may be dreaming. Any thoughts?

  1. mollyomormon Oct 26, 2010 03:25 PM

    Thanks all for your thoughtful responses! We ended up at Literati II for various reasons, but I'll definitely keep these other options in mind for other (non-Monday) meet ups.

    Literati II
    12081 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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      New Trial Oct 25, 2010 01:52 PM

      Bite would be my top choice as well, depending on how late in the afternoon you were planning on, but what about Funnel Mill or Jin as other options (if not too far West)? Heading the other way, Coupa Cafe is also nice but perhaps too far East for your purposes.

      Jin Patisserie
      1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

      Funnel Mill
      930 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA

      Coupa Cafe
      419 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      1. re: New Trial
        Servorg Oct 25, 2010 01:56 PM

        Another option is Cafe Bolivar for Venezuelan coffee and maybe an arepa. Very friendly owner from Venezuela...


        Cafe Bolivar
        1741 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        1. re: New Trial
          maudies5 Oct 25, 2010 02:02 PM

          Bite is closed on Mondays

          1. re: maudies5
            aching Oct 25, 2010 02:04 PM

            Oh, did the OP say it was for today?

            EDIT: Yes, she did - I missed it! Okay, scratch the Bite rec.

          2. re: New Trial
            bulavinaka Oct 25, 2010 07:00 PM

            Jin is closed Mondays as well. :(

          3. aching Oct 25, 2010 11:46 AM

            How about Bite Bar & Bakery? I think that would be a perfect place to catch up with a friend.

            Bite Bar & Bakery
            3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

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            1. re: aching
              Dommy Oct 25, 2010 01:28 PM

              Second bite, or if you don't mind going a little east... LOVE the coffee @ Paper or Plastik...



              1. re: Dommy
                aching Oct 25, 2010 01:42 PM

                Oh, I drove by that place the other day and wondered what it was! I'll have to check it out...

                1. re: aching
                  Dommy Oct 25, 2010 01:49 PM

                  Yeah, I am an iced coffee SNOB... usually I get it at Hub in Playa Vista (They use LA Mill coffeee and were properly trained) but LA Mill at the Hub in Playa Vista but they do the whole Blue Bottle 12 hour drip thing... AMAZING. You truly taste every note.... *happiliess*


              2. re: aching
                yogachik Oct 25, 2010 01:44 PM

                Bite Bar is the first place that came to mind.

                Another idea would be Novel Cafe on Ocean Park/30th

                1. re: aching
                  aching Oct 25, 2010 01:45 PM

                  Also Lazy Daisy, if the weather is nice - it's pleasant on the patio.

                  Lazy Daisy Cafe
                  2300 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                  maudies5 Oct 25, 2010 11:13 AM

                  The Larder. Free, easy parking, great coffee and pastries.

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                  1. re: maudies5
                    sel Oct 25, 2010 11:41 AM

                    The Larchmont Larder? Only been once, last week, for a late lunch. Had a great sandwich and too many excellent sweets but if this is the place you're suggesting, it's not in the area mentioned by the op. Worth the extra travel time though, lots more that I want to try!

                    The Larchmont Larder
                    Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

                    1. re: sel
                      maudies5 Oct 25, 2010 11:44 AM

                      I am talking about The Larder at Tavern in Brentwood

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                        sel Oct 25, 2010 11:47 AM

                        Oops, my bad.......sorry!

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                    sel Oct 25, 2010 09:47 AM

                    I have not tried their coffee but Thyme Cafe & Market might work, coffee, good pastries and sandwiches in a casual cafe/market.

                    Thyme Cafe & Market
                    1630 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                    1. re: sel
                      wienermobile Oct 25, 2010 02:22 PM

                      Another vote for Thyme Cafe. Really nice neighborhood cafe.

                    2. Servorg Oct 25, 2010 08:50 AM

                      What about Amandine? They have some nice little tables out back facing the alley if the weather is okay (which it looks like it will be) or even Bite Bar and Bakery might be nice on a weekday.

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                      1. re: Servorg
                        Servorg Oct 25, 2010 08:55 AM

                        Another couple of thoughts would be 17th Street Cafe on Montana just west of 17th Street and Novel Cafe on Ocean Park Blvd. in the same mini mall as a Starbucks and with il Forno and the Counter on the NW corner.

                        1. re: Servorg
                          sel Oct 25, 2010 09:44 AM

                          Amandine Patissiere would be great except that the op is looking for a place "...later this afternoon..." and Amandine is unfortunately closed on Mondays.

                          Amandine Patissiere
                          12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                          1. re: sel
                            Servorg Oct 25, 2010 09:46 AM

                            I always forget that. How can a place which mostly relies on local business types for their traffic flow close on a workday? That's why I never remember they are closed on Mondays!

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                              sel Oct 25, 2010 11:35 AM

                              I won't admit how many times I got up far too early, dropped the lads off at school and headed to Amandine Patisserie on a Monday morn for a big cup of their dark roast and some pastries and as I pulled up to their store (before my morning caffeine mind you) wondered why there were so many empty parking spaces in front!

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