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Urth Cafe on Melrose: Alternatives?

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  • greg samsa Apr 16, 2006 09:19 PM

Going to Urth on Melrose is getting to be more and more of a pain in the ass. With the now huge crowds and close to mandatory valet parking because the street is so busy, I think I'm pretty much done. Can anyone recommend some similiar local alternatives with excellent coffee?

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  1. Nearby is Fred Segal coffee bar, excellent coffee, free plentiful parking. East of there in H'Wood proper is Caffe etc on Cahuenga, which is as good as Urth.

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    1. re: Adsvino

      I haven't been, but an acquaintance raved to me about a place called "the grounds."

      Link: http://www.westhollywood.com/reviews....

      1. re: Jen

        Is this just across from the ArcLight Theaters? If so, we walked in there and it was buzzing! We did not have anything, but I would like to return. It felt like a serious cafe!

        1. re: liu

          that's probably GroundWorks

          1. re: PseudoNerd

            You're correct! How did you know this so fast?

            Have you been there...of course you have! Did you like it?

            1. re: PseudoNerd

              Groundwork Coffees (there are other branches in Little Tokyo and Venice/SM) have better coffee than most, and their policies and politics are pretty commendable. As I remember it, however, Urth's drinks are unfortunately probably better. Groundworks are a good option, though, especially for the areas they happen to be located. For small local chains, I think I might've preferred Swork in Eagle Rock (another location in Monrovia), but it's been a while since I've gone to any place but Alcove Cafe in Los Feliz, Tao Organic and RedCat in downtown, and Teuscher in BH (for the very useful frequent drink cards!).

      2. Just across the street (same side of Melrose), Le Pain Quotidien is really good and not as crowded. Same parking situation, though. There's garage parking at the Pacific Design Center, or often street spaces along La Cienega.

        1. Well, Urth is also in the 200 block of South Beverly Drive in Bev. Hls, if that might be close enough.

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          1. re: carter

            I had lunch there for the first time on Wed. and it was a madhouse. What's the appeal?

            1. re: Mnosyne

              It's become touristy thanks to all the paparazzi photos of Jake G. on the patio.

          2. h
            hate the crowds

            I haven't been back to Urth on Melrose since I discovered Susina Bakery. Its open until 11, great coffee. Yummy panini and salads. Unbelievable desserts.

            In a pinch I have on occasion gone back to the Urth on Beverly Drive.

            Link: http://www.susinabakery.com/index.shtml

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            1. re: hate the crowds

              I second the rec for Susina. Great coffee and the best banana cream pie I've ever had.

            2. a few blocks east on Beverly Blvd. is King's Road Cafe, which has excellent coffee. Parking can be difficult there, but it's still much easier than Urth.

              1. The only way to stop the crowds at Urth Cafe is to put a giant blowup catching mit on your head and confront them with the truth. Urth Cafe sucks.

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                1. re: captain_mcdonalds

                  ...so you are that McDonald's-caped anti-Urth crusader I've seen cavorting around at the corner Westmount drive heckling the beautiful people!

                  Can't say I agree, though...the Urth oatmeal + a LARGE drip coffee really gets my system going in the AM...if you know what I mean...sometimes I have a hard time getting through the newspaper before I have to head home...

                  Evans

                  1. re: evans

                    hah gross tmi

                2. I really like Urth Cafe but gave up on ever going there again after a handful of visits several years ago for the same reasons.
                  It's the same situation re the one on Beverly Drive.

                  Have you tried Mani's Bakery on Fairfax (i think s.m. loc. would be out of the way)? Mani's gets crazy too, but I think there are (slightly)more parking possibilities. In L.A. we sometimes have to relegate ourselves to going to certain places at very "off peak" hours if we are going to go at all. That's L.A., though.