The Diner, Reinvented
Beachwood Cafe’s artsy, artisanal hangout
Beachwood Canyon has joined cafe society. After three decades of operation, the sleepy local diner under the Hollywood sign was shuttered--but it just re-opened with a snazzy new menu, look and name.
Gone are yesterday’s uninspired bacon-and-eggs offerings. Beachwood Cafe’s new dishes reflect the fresh and local philosophy of chef Minh Phan, formerly of Echo Park Artisanal. The place is only open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., so it’s heavy on breakfast fare including several hearty scrambled eggs offerings ($12) like the Bronson (feta, tomato, basil) and the Beachwood (spicy turkey sausage, cheese, avocado). Lunch options include a grilled tofu and brown rice bowl with peanut sauce ($12) and bacon-and-breadcrumb-topped salad of grilled asparagus over spinach ($9).
Architect Barbara Bestor has kept the old coffee shop’s coziness, but added some pizzazz. Laminate countertops and lantern lights have been replaced by marble and Noguchi pendants. The floor sports bold yellow and blue tiles; walls are covered in local artist Geoff McFetridge’s wallpaper. In the side “writer’s room,” cupcake chef and visual artist Clare Crespo has created eccentric dioramas of woodland creatures fashioned from wood and paper (her men’s room dinosaur display is worth sneaking in to see).
Looking for a feast for both eyes and stomach? Check.
Beachwood Cafe, 2695 N. Beachwood Dr.; 323-871-1717 or facebook.com/beachwoodcafe