A good cafe isn't just the perfect place to practice close-up magic on unsuspecting patrons; it's also a great spot to meet friends and share Burton Gilliam gossip. Socialize while you appetize with today's deal for fresh fare at Seventeenth Street Cafe & Bakery, the Montana Avenue eatery that Los Angeles magazine says "does everything right." Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of bakery fare.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of cafe fare.
The cafe menu features Californian and international cuisine, from chinese chicken salad ($12.95) to bruscetta ($8.95) and gazpacho ($7). Pizzas (seafood, tomato basil, and more, $11.95+), pastas ($12.95–$16.95), and big salads, such as the Granny Smith apple and walnut, oak-smoked salmon, and grapefruit with chicken and avocado, are favorites ($9.95+). The diverse population of entrees stirs a melting pot of global influences: the balsamic grilled Atlantic salmon arrives on a bed of mashed potatoes with sautéed corn, spinach, shiitake mushrooms ,and tomatoes ($23.50), while the roasted lamb loin is rolled with spinach, feta, and pine nuts shaped like Tunisia ($25.95).
Set in a comfy, charmingly quaint atmosphere with low-key décor that in no way pays tribute to the set of Saving Private Ryan, Seventeenth Street Cafe & Bakery recently expanded to accommodate saccharine tongues with luscious baked goods including chocolate and cinnamon rugalah (three for $2), black-and-white cookies ($2.95), bread puddings ($6.25), and gourmet cupcakes ($3–$4 for each).
Seventeenth Street Cafe & Bakery has been listed in Los Angeles magazine and Gayot. More than 100 Yelpers give Seventeenth Street Cafe & Bakery 3.5 stars. Citysearchers give the cafe an average of 3.5 stars, and 73% of Urbanspooners like it:
- The subdued, earth-toned dining room is a pleasant refuge for many of the café's high-profile regulars, steering out of the fast lane for an evening of straightforward fare. – Gayot
- I've been to 17th Street Cafe several times over the years. It seems to be a convenient spot for a casual sit-down meal, nice enough to warrant the outing, but informal and reasonably priced. – Steph C., Yelp
Jack's on Montana
Now under new management, Jack's on Montana makes it easy to enjoy a home-cooked meal without the hassle and dirty dishes it takes to make one yourself. That's because they make all of their items from scratch, including artisan bread, rotating daily desserts, and salad dressings. They even smoke their meats in-house. The kitchen fuels the homey flavors with a pantry stocked with items culled from local farmers and purveyors. The energy and freshness of these locally sourced ingredients emanate from every menu items, from the roasted beet salad to the On Montana pizza' bleu cheese, walnuts, apples, and honey.