Row upon row of baked, fried, and shredded dough line the glass case at Baklava Factory, tantalizing customers with a bounty of honey, walnuts, and custard cream. The factory?s pastry experts concoct more than a dozen kinds of baklava each day alongside other European and Mediterranean sweets, such as fried balls of dough dipped in honey. Customers can sip espresso or cappuccino as they peruse these confections and the bakery?s array of elaborate gift boxes and baskets filled with Belgian chocolates, cookies, and, of course, baklava. Baklava Factory also does corporate gifting and enlivens events with custom cakes embellished with edible butterflies, cartoon characters, and rhinestones capable of fooling amateur jewel thieves.
Known for its wide array of sandwiches, Dave’s Chillin-n-Grillin is a casual spot in Eagle Rock. Two tables line the exterior for simple sidewalk seating, while the spare interior offers a few tables or a couch for lounging. You’ll likely be elbow to elbow with a regular, of which there are many. That’s partly due to likeable owner Dave, who is usually on hand to greet customers and whip up special sandwiches by request. Of course, it could have something to do with their freshly baked bread or ingenious sandwich combinations like The Pilgrim, which offers a taste of Thanksgiving all year round. Vegetarians flock to the Rosemary’s Turkey on grilled rosemary bread with avocado, hummus, tomato and cheese among the toppings, while quick-service customers can grab smoothies before heading out. More than likely, you’ll want to poke around the funky space, tucked in with sofas, recliners and a piano.
The first thing you’ll notice when walking up to Four Café are the youthful customers, sitting outside at the tables digging into a salad or eating a hearty sandwich. Inside is a wood banquet with moms and kids sitting at tables along the wall, while colorful blown glass light fixtures hang from the ceiling. The refrigerator cabinet next to the cash register has housemade cheesecake and side salads, and above is a bakery section of goodies prepared by pastry chefs Veronica and Heather. Four Café make in-house bacon biscuits, pop tarts, mint chocolate pot de crème and chocolate lavender tarts as well, while amiable owners Michelle and Corey Wilton serve Swiss chard rolls, four different soups and a variety of salads and sandwiches daily.
Karen and her three sons craft Cheesecake Company's 120 flavors of cheesecakes in mini-cup and sharable portions using fresh, local ingredients and a made-from-scratch approach. Appease lovers of desserts with miniature cakes shaped into bite-size masterpieces in flavors such as black-forest vanilla and caramel pecan turtle vanilla. Mini cheesecakes with no added sugar fit neatly into mouths bringing flavor tidings of pumpkin, chocolate fudge, and lemon basil. Ten-inch cheesecakes fill bellies with classic flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, espresso, and red velvet—a slab of vanilla cheesecake caught in a hug between red velvet cakes, topped with cream-cheese frosting that’s as velvety as a Bing Crosby record in a velour jacket. Pacific Cheesecake Company is actively involved in the community, and is a loyal partner with a handful of charities.
Although Urartu Coffee's convenient online ordering system helps guests to nosh on the go, its free WiFi and stylish seating urges them to stay awhile as they savor the menu of fresh pastries and build-your-own sandwiches. Bread and bagels insulate deli-style meats with garnishes such as basil leaves and olives as croissants brim with fruit, chocolate, and cheese, all dunk-worthy in the café’s myriad coffees and teas. For a fruity jolt more satisfying than shoving a strawberry into a light socket, Urartu’s skilled baristas blend smoothies and squeeze juice daily in a wide array of flavors.
L.A. Creamery Artisan Ice Cream is frequently featured on television and in the press. The Daily Find praised the eclectic selection at L.A. Creamery. The Los Angeles Daily News featured the shop as one of its "Small Bites," and L.A. Creamery was seen in the "Dine on a Dime" segment on CBS News. Yelpers give the Canoga Park location an average of four stars.