Friday, March 21, 2008

Cora's Coffee Shop...a small personification of LA

1802 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tues-Fri 6:30AM-3PM
Sat-Sun 7AM-3PM

Though we've been having some wind lately and even a touch of rain every once in a great while, for the most part, winter is already gone and has been for a little bit. This is part of the joy of living in Southern California. We can go out in shorts for about 90% of the year and it doesn't even have to be anything extreme.

L.A. in particular is something special. Besides the great weather, we have everyone who wants to be someone, tons of tourists, more beautiful people per capita than anywhere in America (thanks to the industries that call this home) and our stores and restaurants reflect this. Restaurants by nature are where deals are made and our restaurants always look like they are the breeding ground for such people to wheel and deal.

One small place that takes an easy approach to the LA lifestyle is Cora's Coffee Shop in Santa Monica. Though it's says coffee shop in it's name, don't let that fool you. The "shop" looks more like a place that girls could invite guys to if they were having tea. Cute...but not that cute.

Here's the cute I was talking about. A garden party while somehow still safe for my masculinity. This is where most of the seating is. They do have an extremely limited amount of space inside but this is California and it's hardly ever that cold that you would be apprehensive about sitting in the "veranda" (besides the staff are always going in and out that you'd probably get more draft from the door opening and closing then just being outside).

The menu is something that I found to be both quirky and amusing. It's not all that big nor that diverse. But what they do make is solidly good and of course part of the catch is that you're eating right by the water in one of the most famous areas in LA county, thereby in America as well. Take for instance the burrata caprese omelet shown above. It's one of the few official breakfast items on their menu. Solidly good. Packed with smooth burrata and fresh basil and tomatoes on top. I found nothing wrong with this plate and would go back for it anytime. The weird thing about the menu is that people come here pretty much for breakfast or brunch. The selection of choices for those 2 meals is pretty narrow. And yet notice the line out the door on the top pic. They're doing something right. Now that I think about it, the menu is like a menu you'd see at a nice hotel. Limited but all very good.

Here we have a specialty of theirs. This is their fluffy orange pancakes which, when in season (like right now), are loaded with sweet fresh blueberries. The orange is subtle, as it should be (considering you could go wrong with this really fast), with more the flavor of the zest than juice. The blueberries were warm, but had retained their firmness. Very refreshing compared to all the frozen results we get assaulted with.

The Italian sausage was like everything else...perfect complimentary for the meal. And very well priced for a side of meat all things considered.

Being as it is a "coffee shop" they do actually serve coffee. They serve up great cups of Illy coffee that is some of the best in the area.

The restaurant has a staff that's "on it" and they aim to please. They have a small parking lot in the back as well as street parking for days (or for the people shopping you can always just walk there from the Santa Monica Place mall at the Promenade).

So how is this place like LA? It's mostly sunny, filled with people who want to be somebody, are somebody, or like to look at those people with their cameras, is slightly pricey, but not when you consider the location (darn you beach front property), has enough parking unless you really need there to be, and is a spot many would gladly call home except for the fact that no one is really from there.

I love LA!

Free Refills: No...but make sure you sample the coffee which does have free refills.
Entree Price Range: Breakfast is $5.25 to $15 and lunch/dinner is $8.75 to $12.75


Blogger triplecreme said...

I went there once and I will never return. The waiter very inappropriately massaged my sholder while I was ordering, then I was trapped inside the bathroom - they were moving boxes around and blocked the door, and took thier sweet time moving them. I thought the food was unremarkable. Also...I will never return to the other Bruce Marder owned Capo. I was served spoiled burrata and waited forever for service at the bar. Overpriced and shitty.

March 28, 2008 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

Wow what a freaking perv! Capo I have also avoided from what friends have told me about. Sorry to hear about the craptastic meal you had at Cora's and Capo's though...I haven't had a bad one yet at Coa's but then again I don't vary my ordering too much when I go there.

As for your final comment...some people say "that" about LA too so I guess that also falls in that lumping category about LA.

March 28, 2008 at 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Capo was very disappointing and wasy overpriced for the lack of quality. Cora's is tasty--the burrata omlette is probably the same one they have at Broadway Deli--I'm sure it's tasty. Cora's is only worth going to at an odd time or else you have to wait forever--for lunhc during the week you probably have to get there around noon or before.

April 12, 2008 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

Are you alive??

April 21, 2008 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

Yes I am still alive. Thanks for checking. It's nice to know someone is still thinking of me. New post just went up ;)

April 22, 2008 at 10:22 AM  

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