Sunday, November 07, 2004
breakfast at the 101 coffee shop
sundays start off the same: too late on sunday morning sleep time (2 am if i'm lucky), too early in the morning wake up call ("hello? HELLO?!"), sunday mass at st. victor's, then breakfast at the 101 coffee shop in hollywood.
the coffee shop is probably best known for the giant sign in the parking lot, "last cappuccino before the 101", referring to the freeway that runs right by (its predecessor in the space was also featured prominently in swingers).
there's no particular reason why we go there, except for that it's roughly on the same longitude as the church, and while it's just a coffee shop, its menu drops subtle hints at the fact that the chef, brandon boudet, once was an executive chef at a local hotel. it has decent food at decent prices, competent and unobtrusive waiters, a comfortable setting, and a very odd jukebox. it's a great place for us because we want breakfast proper, not brunch--no socializing, no alcohol, no lingering over coffee. givvus food, givvus appropriate section of paper--no chit chat!--and we're set.
we typically order the same things: cajun-spiced pan fried trout, and the smoked salmon scramble made from eggs scrambled with a lot of smoke salmon, and topped with sour cream and roe.
both are served with toast and hash browns, which are more like grilled mashed potato cakes, but no less tasty. the food is clean, fresh, not greasy, and in generous proportions. other notable items on the breakfast menu are the "no huevos" ranchero, which features "soyrizo"--a vegetarian chorizo (it's good!), tofu, fresh salsa, and guacamole; silver dollar pancakes, a massive breakfast burrito, and the egg white scramble with grilled chicken, tomatoes, and basil.
while breakfast is no nonsense, the lunch menu is varied, and probably a little more interesting to the foodies. hm. i'll have to report back on that later.
soundtrack: "sunday papers" by joe jackson, "sunday morning" by the velvet underground.
101 coffee shop
6145 franklin ave
los angeles 90028