Sunday, January 11, 2009

Where Everybody Knows Your Name:
The Coffee Table, Eagle Rock

I love eating out....not just for the food but for the experience, and J and I will be the first to admit that we probably eat out too often. It's a habit we're trying to curb a bit in '09, but there are some places we can't stay away from for too long. The Coffee Table in Eagle Rock is one of those places.

Yeah, yeah, it's cheesy to reference the theme song from "Cheers," but The Coffee Table really does feel like a place where everybody knows your name. We've been going there to grab weekend brunches for years now and the food is consistent, the staff friendly and the coffee strong and delicious.

It's a wonder I haven't blogged about it before, actually. We go on Saturdays or Sundays (or sometimes both!) at least three times a month. Maybe because its such a regular occurrence I never really think to take my camera, but I finally did this time. The food is freshly made and brought out promptly after you order it at the counter. I love that you can "tweak" pretty much any item on the menu and the cashier doesn't blink an eye. Here's how a typical order is rattled off by Yours Truly: "I'll get the Coffee Table scrambled, egg whites only, hold the cheese, wheat toast instead of potatoes and an iced coffee." I can think of a few places where the counter person would probably want to body slam me for making so many adjustments, but the guys and gals of CT just smile and put it into the system. Or maybe they do want to body slam me but hide their feelings. Anyway, J and I aren't really creatures of habit but somehow we almost always order the same things- J gets the Eggs From Hell (eggs scrambled with hot sauce, served with black beans and a tortilla) with egg whites only, easy 'hell' and no cheese. I flip flop between getting the aforementioned The Coffee Table scramble (a mixture of eggs, chopped chicken, tomatoes and scallions) , a Fresh Garden Sandwich (tomatoes, onions, avocado, lettuce, cheese and crunchy pepitas with aioli) or a turkey sandwich or wrap. The menu always features two soups which change daily, lots of burgers, pastas and main dishes since they are also opened for dinner.

On this particular day I opted for the wrap, and it was fresh and delicious. The menu is large and there are so many options to choose from; maybe one of these days I'll go bananas and order something other than my usual!!

After all, sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name.......don't cha?

The Coffee Table (Eagle Rock)

1958 Colorado Boulevard, Eagle Rock

(323) 255-2200


Anonymous said...

I love places like this - they make eating out feel a little bit like eating in so maybe technically its ok! ^_^

Anonymous said...

Better put the heat on the side!

Allison said...

i had a very disappointing meal at the silverlake coffee table, but your pictures look yummy. perhaps the eagle rock location i s better.