The Coffee Table - Silverlake

ari omelette
Originally uploaded by illewminator.
i'm not really enthusiastic about The Coffee Table, but... since a) i have a picture from the last time i was there with my friend ari, b) i do frequent this place with friends occasionally, and c) this site is supposed to be about giving the real deal about all things grub, i figured i should write an honest, if lukwarm, review. i like it ok, but i don't find anything all that special or unique about the food and it's not really that great of a bargain either (in price or quantity).

i usually only come here for coffee and/or breakfast -- the food is pretty consistently good, but it's nothing to write home about. they've got your usual eggs, omelettes, french toast, pancakes, oatmeal, hash browns, etc. (the above photo is of ari eating his chili omelette, which was decent). the oatmeal was good (served with walnuts, dried cranberries and apple slices), but for $6 a bowl, it had better be some pretty damn good oatmeal. as i recall, most breakfast items are in the $7 to $9 range. it's not terribly expensive, but once you add on your $3.50 coffee, it's at least a $11 or $12 breakfast. and the portions at millie's (another local breakfast spot) are much bigger for the same price. they also serve lunch and dinner items, though i've never tried any of these.

i suppose i keep going back is because not only is it walking distance to my apt., but it also has a very pleasant atmosphere conducive to hanging out and catching up with friends over a cup of coffee (and the staff are much more pleasant than at millie's). there is a lovely outdoor patio in the back with beautiful mosaic tile tables which is especially pleasant on a lazy sunday morning.

my recommendation: go there when you're not especially hungry or if you're looking for a good spot to linger with a friend (or need a quiet place to read or study). i give it a thumbs-up on atmosphere, but am decidedly neutral on the grub. The Coffee Table is located on Rowena, about a block south/east of Hyperion in Silverlake.
you be the judge... but don't forget to post your comments here!


Blogger grant said...

thanks for the tip...
we've actually been there before, right? a LONG time ago /w some LEAP folks, if i remember correctly.
i don't suppose you know their hours? or if they're open late? or if they have an abundance of outlets (for a laptop..) i'm always lookin for good study places.

2/28/2005 5:33 PM  
Blogger illewminator said...

first of all, this is a site about grub, not about study groups or electrical outlets or places that are open late. having said that... how the hell should i know how many freaking electrical outlets they have or the exact hours they're open???!!! all i know is they've got their lights on and heat lamps outside and seem to be open pretty much every time i've driven by there, day or night.

now that i've gotten that out of my system... another thing just occurred to me: the coffee table is in the one block in silverlake where my (cingular) cell phone reception drops out every time i go by there, so it's not a good place to go if you need to use your cell phone (they frown upon cell phone usage in there, anyway).

3/03/2005 10:30 AM  

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