BlackTop Coffee, a Funky Coffee Bar Serving Up High-End Brew in Los Angeles 0 184

Los Angeles Arts District

In a busy city such as Los Angeles, it is not surprising to see a rapidly booming repertoire of coffee shops. After all, coffee is considered a necessity for most people on a daily basis, with some even needing a couple or more per day. With the wide range of coffee shops to choose from, an establishment needs to have a certain characteristic that will set it apart from the others.

It is a good thing Blacktop Coffee in Los Angeles has that distinct quality that allows it to stand out among the bigger names in the coffee industry. Though the establishment itself is relatively small, the space is visually rewarding, enough to make you come back for your daily dose of caffeine.

What makes Blacktop Coffee different is that it aims to build the local community while also prioritizing excellent customer experience. This, according to Tyler J. Wells, is their ultimate goal, aside from serving quality coffee. Wells is the owner of Blacktop and is also the co-founder of  Handsome Coffee, which has already been bought by Blue Bottle.

The menu is also pretty simple. For your espresso drinks, you can choose whether you want it black, white, or chocolate. If you want brewed coffee, you can choose between the daily or cold brew. They also offer tea, juice and some edibles.

It's breakfast time #vscocam

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What to order

  • Any of their brews are good
  • Cappuccino – Two shots of its high-end bean expresso with four ounces of milk
  • Food to get
    • California Muesli – Straus greek yogurt, housemade jam, granola, nasa berries, kumquats
    • Jam & Ricotta – Sourdough-rye, bellwether farms ricotta cheese, housemade jam, lemon zest
    • Avocado Toast – Sourdough-rye, Haas avocado, radish, pickled onion, chives, watercress

Can’t find a BlackTop Coffee bar near you, head on over to Blue Bottle Coffee, just as good.

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Flower Child, a Healthy Fast-Casual Cafe Serving Up Delicious Salads, Bowls & Wraps 0 206

Flower Child, a Colorful Cafe With a Cheery, Bohemian Ethos For Health-Minded Salads, Bowls & Wraps

If you think about it, there is no better goal than serving healthy food for a happy world. After all, we need food for sustenance and maintenance, and eating healthy is the key to living well in a happier world.

Flower Child is a fast and casual restaurant that does not have any room for gluten-rich food as well as those containing refined sugars. The people behind the restaurant only work with ranchers who raise their animals naturally, without using any additives for growth. That also means they only work with people who have respect and love for their livestock.

We like to act (and eat) colorfully. 🌈 📷: @eatingatx

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The restaurant has several locations in Arizona, Texas, and California that is why people in these states, especially the waist-watchers, rejoice as they have a nice place to go to when they want to eat clean, healthy, and delicious food.

What’s nice about Flower Child’s menu is that it allows customers to mix and match, to come up with dishes that they will definitely love. Their extensive menu includes whole grain wraps, bowls, vegetables and grains, hummus and soups, salads, as well as healthy meals for kids. They only use the freshest organic produce, so customers can be assured that they will only eat the healthiest.

What to get

  • Plates
    • Roasted Butternut Squash black kale, toasted mulberry, maple chestnut vinaigrette
    • Spicy Japanese Eggplant with Thai basil & cashew
    • Red Chili Glazed Sweet Potato with bok choy & sesame seed
  • Bowls
    • Wild Mushroom Pho – rice noodle, sweet onion, bok choy, jalapeno, savoy cabbage, Thai basil, fall spiced dashi
    • Vegan Poke – marinated beet, avocado, pickled mushroom, cucumber, radish, wasabi pea, smoked dulse, brown rice, spicy ponzu
    • Mother Earth – ancient grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber, broccoli pesto, charred onions, leafy greens, red pepper miso vinaigrette, hemp seed
  • Wraps
    • Bird is the Word – grilled chicken, broccoli, charred onion & pepper, melted pepper jack cheese
    • The Rebel – grass-fed steak, charred onion, port salut cheese, arugula, horseradish yogurt

 

Lettuce party. 🥗 📷: @brookezigler

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If you like healthy fast-casual food, check out EveryTable – another great spot to try.

CLUTCH, a Laid-Back Northern Mexican Spot Serving Up Delicious Branzino Fish Tacos 0 205

CLUTCH, a Laid-Back Northern Mexican Spot Serving Up Delicious Branzino Fish Tacos

Just by looking at the front entrance of the CLUTCH restaurant on Lincoln Boulevard, there is no doubt about what to expect inside. The exterior is lined with stacks of beautiful logs that are placed on metal shelves, as well as a big belly smoker, which leaves a lot to the diners’ imagination. Clutch is indeed the place to go to when you want low and slow cooked food.

The menu of the restaurant is quite extensive as it offers lunch, dinner, brunch, and even has a Taco Tuesday and happy hour menu. For lunch, some of the dishes that you may want to consider are omelets, salads, sandwiches, sides, Cali turf, and Mexi turf. Their breakfast burritos are also one of the most ordered dishes by regular patrons.

But of course, no one should leave Clutch without trying their tender carne asada steaks as well as their chicken and calamari. The people behind Clutch are also constantly improving and expanding their menu, as they re testing additional dishes such as smoked duck and grilled fish. Those who love their vegetables can also enjoy dining at Clutch as they also offer veggie tacos with charred and smokey kale.

Clutch is open from Mondays to Sundays, with their happy hours on weekdays, from 4:00 in the afternoon until 7:00 in the evening.

For LUNCH, try these items:

  • Breakfast Tacos 2 Gluten Free Hand Made Corn Tortillas, Beans, Radish, Cilantro, Cotija Cheese choice of: Fried Egg, Scrambled, (Choice of Egg Whites) choice of: Bacon, Sausage, Pulled Pork, Chicken Tinga, Grilled Veggies, (Tri-Tip)
  • Country Fried Tri-Tip and Eggs2 Eggs, Tater/Sweet Tots, Salad or Fruit. Tortillas orToast
  • Sandwich Sourdough, Lettuce, Tomato, Sweet Onion, Bacon, Fried Egg, Avocado, Mayo choice of: Tater / Sweet Tots, Salad, Fruit

And, for DINNER, you must try these items:

  • Branzino Fish Tacos 2 Lg, Handmade Corn Tortillas, Avo Crema, Pico de Gallo
  • Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger Sweet Pepper, Goat Cheese, Sweet Chipotle Onions, Guac, Bean Spread
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