Tuesday, November 24, 2009

#77: The New Breed of L.A. Cafes

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcake at Joan's On Third

If Carrie Bradshaw lived in L.A., she would inevitably spend most of her days lunching at one of its many hip cafes. From M Cafe De Chaya on Melrose, Urth Cafe in Santa Monica/Hollywood to Clementine in West L.A., the places where the young and svelte come to sip a cup o joe and nibble on a whole wheat scone are many. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Joan's On Third, Hollywood

Joan's On Third is a cute and trendy cafe/pastry shop located on 3rd street in West Hollywood. They are famous for their cupcakes, which are displayed on tiered platters like precious pieces of art.

Brad and I were doing some window shopping on 3rd street (there are some great design stores there) and decided to pop in. For lunch we had a spinach and mushroom quiche, salmon cake, and an eggplant relish. For dessert, we got a peanut butter chocolate cupcake--a moist chocolate cupcake with a peanut butter filling. All I can say is that their cupcake fame is well deserved.

Eggplant Relish

Huckleberry, Santa Monica

Huckleberry is a cute bakery/cafe on Wilshire in Santa Monica. It is sister to the Rustic Canyon restaurant across the street. You order at the counter, and they bring out your food to your table.

Duck Hash: I am still dreaming of this hash...Shredded duck, potatoes, and greens mixed together in such a fresh and healthy meal. I would come back just for this dish!

Pumpkin spice bread: There is an extra dose of pumpkin on top of the bread in the form of pumpkin seeds! This is so moist, and it comes with a side of cream cheese.

Maple Bacon Biscuit: This is my favorite pastry that they offer. It has just a hint of maple sweetness and bacon-y saltiness. It's flaky and packed with bacon--perfect!

Quinoa Vegetable Salad: This healthy dish comes topped with two sunny side up eggs. The quinoa is very mild, but is perked up with some smokey roasted broccoli, onion and squash.

Bonus: refillable coffee!

Pumpkin Bread
Maple Bacon Biscuit

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