As someone that spends a lot of time in coffee shops, I quickly get bored of the ubiquitous selection of pastries and pre-packaged snacks that accompany the drink selection. Sometimes, hours of working in a coffee shop leads to ingesting multiple lattes and almost no food, resulting in those super-desirable caffeine jitters. Luckily, a few wonderful coffee shops have gotten the hint, adding full breakfast, lunch, and even dinner (dinner? Yes, dinner!) menus to their extensive drink lists. Some stick to the standard breakfast and lunch fare, while others are getting out of their coffee shop-comfort zones and trying creating some really surprisingly interesting dishes. Here are a few of our favorite coffee shops with surprisingly great food menus!
1. Demitasse in Hollywood
Though this new spot in Hollywood has older and smaller locations in other parts of the city, the Hollywood location has an incredibly interesting and surprising food menu. With offerings like Purple Yam Gnocchi for lunch and Sea Scallops with Coconut Soup for dinner, this coffee sppt is making its own rules. We also loved the decadent brisket sandwich for lunch, and the Tocino (a sweet pork sausage with cheesy toast and a fried egg) for breakfast. Oh, and don't overlook the coffee offerings either: the iced minty cubano is the perfect, refreshing Spring drink.
2. Groundwork Coffee on Montana
Another coffee shop with locations all over the city, Groundwork is one of our favorite to frequent regularly. And while their Montana location isn't tailor-made for working, it does boast an excellent menu. The cuisine is a bit more typical for a Santa Monica café/restaurant, but it still has a great selection of breakfast items like French toast and short rib hash, and lunch items like sandwiches and healthy bowl options.
3. Comoncy Café
One of our go-to spots for getting some work done in Studio City, Comoncy has everything from about half a dozen egg dishes to bolognese pasta and salmon and quinoa dishes. With great coffee and a cool, minimal environment, it's a great place in the valley to go for brunch or a meeting.