Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles

One of my new favorite restaurants in L.A. is Cafe Figaro. You’d recognize it from the State Farm Insurance commercial. I recognized it and remembered that it’s in Los Feliz, which is where I lived for many years in L.A. I had never been because it came after I had already left, but it looked cool in the ad so we went last time we were in L.A.

Cool interior at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA, taken with my android

Cool interior at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA, taken with my android

The large and varied menu at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

The large and varied menu at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

The first time we went for lunch with Mike’s daughter, Tori.

Mike and Tori at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

Mike and Tori at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

Cafe latte at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA. It comes in a bowl, my fave!

Cafe latte at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA. It comes in a bowl, my fave!

I had a chevre salad and it was perfect. Just the right size, too.

Chevre salad at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

Chevre salad at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

Mike had spinach quiche. He thought it was runny but I tasted it and thought it was creamy and excellent.

Spinach quiche and mixed greens at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

Spinach quiche and mixed greens at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

Tori had a chicken salad that she enjoyed.

Chicken salad from Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

Chicken salad from Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

We liked it so much for lunch that we decided to go back for dinner on New Years Eve with my brothers and friends. The decor is really pretty and French.
The bar at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA, taken with my android

The bar at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA, taken with my android

I asked for a pastis and they said they had Ricard. I don’t know the difference or if pastis is a brand name or what. I had it every night when I was in Paris and wanted to have it again. It’s basically a licoricey drink you add water to.
David and Sarah behind my pastis at cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

David and Sarah behind my pastis at cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

I had the chicken gnocchi and it was really good. It, along with the roasted chicken that a couple people had, were the best items we had. Gnocchi can be gooey and rubbery sometimes but this was not, it was excellent.

Chicken gnocchi at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

Chicken gnocchi at Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

Mike had the beef bourguignon which he said was sort of dry.  It came in a fun le cruset pan so that was neat.

Beef bourguignon from Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

Beef bourguignon from Cafe Figaro, Los Angeles, CA

It was pretty dark so I didn’t get any pictures of anyone else’s food. They had a variety of items and gave a variety of reviews. I think breakfast and lunch are the better times to come here as far as the food.

I really like the atmosphere here and if I lived nearby I’d go all the time for breakfast, lunch, coffee, and cocktails (they look like they have a great happy hour). I’d be willing to try it again for dinner, too to see if dinner could live up to the other stuff.