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Café Dulcé, as its name suggests, is a charming bakery and coffee shop in Little Tokyo, with charming interiors and patio seating. It is popular for its green tea donut and spirulina churro. Guests can enjoy a selection of cakes with beautiful decorations, sandwiches, brick toast, roti buns and home-made baguettes. Its donuts are available in a variety of flavors like fruits, bacon, custard and cream. It also boasts of a selection of milk tea and iced coffee infused with Hong Kong or Vietnamese flavors. A favorite with kids and adults alike, this is a great place for a cup of coffee and delicious confectioneries without paying a bombshell.
Walking up to this diner, you can see it's anything but typical. The front windows display mannequin heads with interesting hairdos, scarves, and even bread hats. The food is also made to stand out. Interesting flavor combinations like the maple bacon donut and the peanut butter potato chip cupcake dominate the pastry menu. Breakfast and brunch items are plentiful, and range from sweet, like the homemade brioche french toast, to savory, like the tofu scramble. There are also delicious lunch and dinner dishes like the pulled pork sandwich, salads, and burgers. Stop by for reasonable prices and great people-watching.
The Pie Hole is a great place to drop in for breakfast, where guests can savor a selection of delicious pies complemented by gourmet coffee brewed from locally-sourced, organic coffee beans. The breakfast menu includes dishes such as strawberry lavender pocket pie, seasonal quiches, zucchini muffin and bacon scones. The pies are available in varieties like mac and cheese hand pie, coconut raspberry cream, maple custard, Mexican chocolate, Earl Grey tea, chocolate crostata and many more. Do not miss the delicious seasonal fruit mini crumbles.
Downtown L.A. is slowly making its long anticipated comeback and places like this are a big reason why. As its name might suggest, the dishes served here are all drawn from a "firefighter" theme. In fact many of them come from firefighters' own private cookbooks. And, God forbid, if something should burn out of control in the kitchen, help is certainly not far away! Favorite menu items include the meatloaf, sausages (with a very unique spice blend) and roasted chicken.
Sitting pretty in an artsy neighborhood, Square One Dining provides gourmet breakfasts and lunches in a bright, cheery ambiance. Soft, yellow interiors are dotted with art works, while low strains of folk-rock stray into the breezy patio. Patrons feast on hearty breakfasts of oatmeal, pancakes, fruit, eggs Benedict, omelets and smoked meats on whole grain toast. The health kick goes on into lunch, where one will find the likes of club sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads and Cobbs. The wait staff is good with kids, and each table comes equipped with crayons to keep the little ones busy till the food arrives, which is quite soon anyway.
For those looking for the quintessential French pastry shop, look no further than this Los Feliz mainstay. This small shop has been serving up fine food and drinks to a large number of regulars for a long time. The room is small but comfortable, and the tables are nicely decorated and spread out. Drinks include fine coffee, cappuccino, and teas from around the world and the food menu is light but very inviting. Specific desserts vary daily but Tiramisu, cheesecakes and exotic French pastries can usually be found.
This cute store in LA has the most delicious cookies in the neighborhood. Their cookies are home baked daily and are always fresh. Make sure you try their bestsellers: the banana split, the chocolate chip and the chocolate chip with walnut cookies. All the sweet treats are thick, have a soft inside almost like a cake and a crunchy outside. These mouthwatering delights have the perfect amount of sugar - not too much but not too little. If you want a gourmet adventure go for the ice cream cookie sandwich - you won't regret it. The store decor is cute and charming and the staff helpful and friendly.
Milk Shop is a popular bakery, ice cream parlor and cafe all rolled into one. Offering a varied menu of cupcakes, pastries, ice cream scoops, ice cream sandwiches and snacks, it caters to all taste buds. The desserts come in delightful flavors and colors, each one more tempting than the other. Try the Red Velvet Cupcake or the Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie for a dose of addictive sweetness. The milkshakes, especially the Milkie Way Malt and the Coffee Toffee Crunch are a favorite with the crowds. Drop by here for a gala time and feast on the delicacies to satiate your sweet tooth.
Since 1975, Carney's has satisfied LA's chili fries and burger cravings, delivering a pitch-perfect experience in this genuine, vintage yellow Amtrak train car from the 1920s, done up as a classic diner on the inside. And that is not all! They have a worthy lineup of hot dogs and polish sausages, much touted as some of the best in town, all at the lowest imaginable prices, especially given the joint's docking grounds - the east tip of the Sunset Strip. A private lot behind the car takes away the headache of parking at the Strip while the amiable, smiley service assures you that you have come to the right place. And if you already think the place is cheap and swell, try it during happy hour!
In-N-Out Burger is a legendary and beloved fast food chain that started in Southern California. Their West Los Angeles location brings out the same freshness and quality for which this chain is so popular. This casual haunt serves French fries, shakes and soft drinks besides the regular varieties of burgers. They have a limited menu but all worth tasting, and it gets a little bit bigger if you know the secret menu items. Clean environment and friendly service completes the ambiance, all in all, making it a delightful experience.
This longtime hangout serves up comfort food that will put a smile on your face. The prices won't hurt your wallet, either. Deli-style sandwiches and burgers are the favorite items here. The crowd ranges from old-timers who've been coming here for years, to 16 year-olds out for the first time without mom and dad.
One of the best spots for pizzas, Pitfire Pizza North Hollywood is known for their wood-fired baked pizzas. Focusing on market-driven ingredients, they feature a menu that also includes daily specials. Though it is limited, you can be sure of their quality. Try their delightful creations like the Burrata, Big Sur, Zoe's Pepperoni, Field Mushroom and Honey Bear. They also have a separate menu for kids. Dine alfresco in their heated patio and enjoy the peppy beats played by the DJ nightly.