Kings Road Cafe


One of the not-so-clever things I've learned today venturing out more west than I'm used to on a day-to-day basis is that the further west you travel in Los Angeles, the trendier the people seem to get.  It was a land of fine men with tussled bed-head, aviator sunglasses and vintage t-shirts- a dime a dozen!  It was a land of warm-weathered, skinny, well made-up ladies with fabulous wardrobe bought in inexpensive thrift store shops.  It was all great and at the same time really disgusting and annoying, it just made me go 'blah!'  Perhaps this is my period talking, if so please forgive me and I don't mean any of this.  Unfortunately in reality the work and life of foremost an adventurous food connoisseur and second, a food blogger, is not fulfilled until you visit that restaurant you are so curious about but is in that neighborhood you just cannot stand, all in a day's work, I suppose.

Kings Road Cafe always seems to be bustling with people, sitting on the corner of Beverly blvd and N. Kings rd the two and four-top tables that line the sidewalk are almost always full.  To the left you have a to-go shop, get your coffee to-go and your food if you'd like.  To the right you have the restaurant with its own barista for coffee orders.

As always when Brother Charlie and Tummy go anywhere new, the coffee is the first thing on their mind, and today, they had come to the right place.  The two mochas were placed on the table, Tummy looked at it curiously, there was something odd about the mocha, just by looking at it one could see that the coloring of the mocha was darker and the texture thicker, it looked rich.  Tummy slowly brought the large cup to her lips and took a long sip, it was indeed rich... and... and, and... just heavenly!  It was almost as if the mocha was made with the use of dark bitter chocolate and slow semi-over-roasted coffee beans.  And the only words to describe Kings Road Cafe's mocha are enigmatic, profound and romantic.

Breakfast Quesadilla: Chicken-cilantro sausage, egg, mozzarella, roma tomato
guacamole & salsa on the side

Brother Charlie's Breakfast Quesadilla tasted surprisingly light, the chicken-cilantro sausage was soft and flavorful but not so full of flavor that the eggs and mozzarella were over-powered.  The dish came with a side of salsa and guacamole which of course only made it better.

Tummy on the other hand ordered the Crab Cake Benedict, the spanish twist lied in the Chipotle Hollandaise Sauce which was as you probably would have guessed, just a bit tangy.  The freshly baked croissant?  Slightly buttery on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside - to die for.  Croissant topped with crab cake and a poached egg, all topped with Chipotle Hollandaise, accompanied by herbed red breakfast potatoes that were neither dry nor moist, quite delicious compared to the last breakfast potatoes I had at BLD.

Crab Cake Benedict:  Chipotle hollandaise on fresh baked croissant
Choice of runny or hard eggs

The portions were fair to big and the prices decently affordable for the quality.  What I found the most interesting were the Spanish, or is it Mexican?  Twist that the restaurant gave to many of the dishes on the menu.  I wouldn't call it an authentic twist rather than a Californian-Mexican twist:  the chicken cilantro, chipotle hollandaise sauce, breakfast enchiladas, adobo burrito and tacos- they all sound and read great on the menu.  And though I wouldn't say the food here at Kings Road Cafe is something you'd find at a five-star restaurant, it is still pretty delicious and unique.

The Damage:  $34.30

2 Mochas
1 Breakfast Quesadilla
1 Crab Cake Benedict

8361 Beverly Blvd
LA CA 90048
(323) 655.9044

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