WHY Neighborhood charm with gourmet soul.
WHAT Surrounded by a quaint neighborhood of historic homes and breezy apartments, this bright, quirky café has become a hub of local life. (Come in alone and you can sit at a long communal table with soon-to-be friends.) For breakfast, try the mascarpone-stuffed French toast or the sweet and creamy polenta with seasonal berries and cream. At lunch and dinner, the menu is all about sandwiches and pizzettes, well-conceived cheesy flatbreads that keep the neighbors coming back.
WHO Early risers, hungry friends and dog-walking diners.
Region: South Bay to South L.A.
Neighborhood: Long Beach
Features: Breakfast, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Vegetarian
Price Range: $10-$16
Cuisine Type: American