We were tipped off to new Australian coffee shop and lunch spot Coffee + Food by a notoriously discerning food blogger friend who?s a regular. On a recent afternoon lunch date, we split a plate of moist corn fritters ($4.50), then inhaled a roast-beef sandwich served on thick, freshly baked Turkish bread slathered with chimichurri ($8). As we ate, children played with a basket of mini Etch-A-Sketches, a sure sign that co-owner Cyndi Finkle (who runs the all-ages art studio next door) knows how to keep everyone, even critters, happy.
Finkle opened Coffee + Food late last year with recent Aussie émigré Mel Cain, a former book publicist. And in fact, Australians love the place--we greeted expat fashion designer Natalie Martin as she popped in for a flat white ($3), the frothless cappuccino that?s an antipodean craze. Martin loves the meat pies, a savory British treat baked in muffin tins with ground beef, potato and a flaky top crust. Cain makes these only every couple weeks, so check for their arrival here.
We think the Vegemite jars stacked on a shelf make a very clear statement: Toto, we?re not in Los Angeles anymore.
Coffee + Food, 5630 Melrose Ave.; 323-962-3390 or coffeeplusfood.com