Alcove Cafe and Bakery – Breakfast, Lunch, And Dessert All In One Massive Meal

by Franklin on November 6, 2011

Halloween was last month, but thinking now, it wasn’t even a week ago.  Having plans to go on the Hollywood Hay Ride, we needed a place to lunch near Los Feliz.  Alcove Cafe was perfect. The seating area was peaceful and the menu was plentiful.  The pay first, then sit was perfect for our group. Sometimes, splitting the check among all of your friends can be a headache to you and the servers.

Upon entering, the outside seating facing the street was very refreshing.  The trees and almost home style building made it very inviting.

Waiting for our friends, we sat at Big Bar which is located inside.  There, they offer a full bar menu as well as coffee and teas. Once our friends came, we ordered at the front counter and sat immediately.

I ordered the americana panini.  It had three scrambled eggs, aged Vermont cheddar, tomato, and applewood smoked bacon. The bacon was nice and crispy which I liked.  The homestyle potatoes were perfectly cooked — mushy on the inside, and nicely seared on the outside.  It was a nice panini sandwich with potatoes– and it served both as my breakfast and lunch.

I didn’t get to try my friend’s white albacore tuna melt, but it looked delicious.  It had cheddar and tomato with grilled bread.

The philly cheesesteak panini had shaved roast beef, caramelized onions, sauteed bell peppers and mushrooms, and pepperjack cheese with au jus on the side.  I got to try a small bite, and I thought it was ok.  There was just too much bread.  Maybe dipping it in the au jus would have made it better. The pear salad on the side was a bit odd for me as well.  It was seasoned with pepper and the flavors did not work for me.

My girlfriend’s chilaquiles was my favorite.  Some of the tortillas were crunchy, some were soaked in that red sauce. The runny, velvety eggs coating the tortillas was so delicious.  Eating it with the curds of Mexican cheese (maybe pannela) on top was perfect.  It was a great dish.

We over did it with the dessert.  One of us wanted the strawberry cake, some wanted the bread pudding.  To satisfy our wants we ordered both

The strawberry cake was huge.  It was quite possibly the biggest slice of cake I have ever seen. The cake was nice and moist, a bit on the sweet side, but the strawberries were perfect with it. Nothing beats strawberries with cake. (strawberry pancakes, strawberry shortcake).  This dessert was creamy and sweet.

I will admit it.  I was the one who wanted to chocolate bread pudding.  I heard great things, and they had a whole stack of them, ready to devour.  When we got ours, it was warmed up.  The chocolate was all melted on the inside and the bread part was so dense and chewy. This was chocolate overload, and I loved it.  Too bad I had to share it.  Otherwise, I would have eaten it like a muffin, with chocolate all around my mouth thereafter.

Alvoce Cafe and Bakery is a really nice spot.  It is one of a kind, unlike Panera Bread or Corner Bakery. Though they have the similar styles of ordering, the food is night and day.  From hot breakfasts, to lunch, baked goods, coffees, teas, and even alcohol, they had it. Alcove’s home like decor is inviting and all you want to do is stay — maybe even just live there.

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Vegas and Food November 6, 2011 at 9:01 PM

I love Alcove cafe. I haven’t tried dessert here yet. That bread pudding looks REALLY yummy. I should go back there just for dessert.


Franklin November 7, 2011 at 5:49 AM

Yeah. The bread pudding is the way to go. Eat it immediately so it doesn’t cool down too much.


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