Four Los Angeles cafes

I went to a bunch of really good restaurants when I was in L.A. over Christmas.

First was Elements Kitchen Cafe in Pasadena. They have a great fresh menu. There are only about four tables in the tiny space, but a whole bunch of them outside on the sidewalk and behind the restaurant on a patio.

They don’t have espresso, so I just ordered a coffee.

Coffee at Elements Kitchen Cafe in Pasadena, CA

Coffee at Elements Kitchen Cafe in Pasadena, CA

I saw toast and jam on the menu and was oddly intrigued for some reason. So we ordered it and it was pretty good. We should have ordered the biscuits, tho. They looked delish when they walked by on their way to someone else’s table.

Toast and jam from Elements Kitchen Cafe in Psadena, CA

Toast and jam from Elements Kitchen Cafe in Pasadena, CA

My brother ordered a delicious brunch item. I’m not sure if they have this all the time or only on Sundays.

Polenta with poached egg from Elements Kitchen Cafe in Pasadena, CA

Polenta with poached egg from Elements Kitchen Cafe in Pasadena, CA

I had a chicken curry sandwich. It was really good, perfect, actually. The girl at the table next to us ordered it as a salad, which is probably also really good.

Chicken curry sandwich at Elements Kitchen Cafe in Pasadena, CA

Chicken curry sandwich at Elements Kitchen Cafe in Pasadena, CA

We also went to Recess Eatery, several times of course.

Very exciting conversation at lunch- Recess Eatery, Glendale, CA

Very exciting conversation at lunch- Recess Eatery, Glendale, CA

Teacher's Pet salad with chicken

Teacher's Pet salad with chicken

Delicious shrimp and avocado quesadilla from Recess Eatery, Glendale, CA

Delicious shrimp and avocado quesadilla from Recess Eatery, Glendale, CA

Mike and Tori at Recess eatery, Glendale, CA

Mike and Tori at Recess eatery, Glendale, CA

Cafe latte at Recess Eatery, Glendale, CA

Cafe latte at Recess Eatery, Glendale, CA

Of course we also went to Amici and their new deli Deluca’s Deli.

Cappucino at the bar, Amici, Glendale, CA

Cappuccino at the bar, Amici, Glendale, CA

Mushroom pizza at Amici, Glendale, CA

Mushroom pizza at Amici, Glendale, CA

Biscotti at Amici, Glendale, CA

Biscotti at Amici, Glendale, CA

Caprese sandwich at Deluca's Deli, Glendale, CA

Caprese sandwich at Deluca's Deli, Glendale, CA

Another of my old favorites is Cafe Midiat American Rag on La Brea in L.A. I haven’t been in years and it’s changed hands since I was there last but it’s still fun and delish. It’s in the back of the housewares part of American Rag.

Mike and Tori at Cafe Midi, Los Angeles, CA

Mike and Tori at Cafe Midi, Los Angeles, CA

Mike and Tori at Cafe Midi, Los Angeles, CA

Mike and Tori at Cafe Midi, Los Angeles, CA

Nutella quesadilla from Cafe Midi, Los Angeles, CA

Nutella quesadilla from Cafe Midi, Los Angeles, CA

Quiche and french fries, Cafe Midi, Los Angeles, CA

Quiche and french fries, Cafe Midi, Los Angeles, CA

Cafe latte at Cafe Midi, Los Angeles, CA

Cafe latte at Cafe Midi, Los Angeles, CA

Yum!