Gotta love a place where you can indulge both your palate and your home-design addiction. Which is why we can’t resist Zinc Cafe & Market, a hybrid restaurant-store in the Arts District.
The fun starts by walking into the lovely space--a loft of high ceilings, white subway tile and plentiful windows. Then you’re faced with a tough decision: Head straight for the cafeteria line or browse the store?
We decided to dine first. We opted for a couple hot and cold dishes from the all-vegetarian choices like crunchy Thai salad (brown rice, cabbage, carrots, braised tofu and peanuts), peppers stuffed with creamed Swiss chard and green-bean-and-avocado salad ($12 a pound). Then we noshed on the patio under an olive tree.
Refreshed, we headed to the shop for drool-worthy kitchen goods (all suitable set decoration for a Nancy Meyers film). Antique ginger jars ($175), solid and striped linens (from $80) and Dean & DeLuca spice sets (from $125) are some of the loot we’d choose for a lucky recipient--or ourselves.
We walked out of Zinc with a full belly and a shopping bag of treasures. Now that’s our idea of a ladies’ lunch.
Zinc Cafe & Market, 580 Mateo St.; 323-825-5381 or zinccafe.com