Cacao, on SM, really enjoyed their cappuchinos
it was pretty darn good, and hit the proverbial spot, esp if you like smooth ones and not bitter ones, i always thought they have a captive audience so the coffee does not necessarily have to be good at all, due to their being open until the wee hours, when nothing else is open.
also, pleasantly suprised since this is not supposed to be an artisanal, third wave coffee house that have opened up around town in droves in the past five years or so.
And no one minds if you suddenly start channeling your inner Allen Ginsburg and begin reciting "Howl" from memory:
"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,"
i was about to do just that but i believe it was closed, on a monday.
i've tried the calients joint about a year ago, it was ok, but the cappuchinos were mediocre. so maybe i'll do just that coffee at cacao and then churros at caliente.
plus caliente does have those venezuelan style sandwiches. no clue if anywhere else serves those sandwiche or if they are any good here.
i should skip the hot chocolate to dip the churros in right ???
it's interesting that it's a half-dozen sticks of churros rather than one long, fat in diameter churro that you would get from a stand or a carnival, fair, etc.
The steak panini at Churros Calientes is great. As for caffeine there, I like their cortado a lot.
For dessert, you get their famous churros, then you dip it into the almost slurry-like hot chocolate, and enjoy.
And then you go to Naan Hut for Persian sangak. And/Or Il Grano for crudo. And/Or NanBanKan. And/Or Plan Check. And/Or the rest of Sawtelle.
And that's how you build a food trip in West LA. Very little to no driving between the stops.