With so many new spots opening up in Highland Park I decided to make breakfast a twofer with stops at Belle’s Bagels on York and Kindness & Mischief Coffee on Figueroa.
The one and only word on Belle’s: GO. I’m not one for bandwagoning hot trendy spots because they usually disappoint but Belle’s totally delivered with their golden rings of doughy-chewy-yet-slightly crispy perfection. I am a bagel fiend…strike that…I am a bread fiend and Belle’s has had me fantasizing since my last bite of their sesame bagel with scallion schmear ($4).
There’s usually a line and some mouthwatering specialty concoction like last week’s egg salad bagel but we lucked out by arriving at 7:30AM on a Thursday.
Belle’s Bagels, 5043 York Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90042
A quick drive down Fig brought us to Kindness & Mischief Coffee. If your read their bio and kickstarter, it’s hard not to fall in love with little place and its ray of sunshine proprietress Monique Maravilla.
The one and only word on K&M: Kindness. Who’s this chipper at 8AM aside from me? The owner and store manager Jon Lim are. They served up warmth, genuine interest and even coaxed a few smiles out of my cranky, teething 1-year-old. Even if the coffee was crap (far from it), I’d still go there for spoonfuls of sugar to go with my morning latte. One of my new favorite businesses and it will probably be yours too 🙂
Kindness & Mischief Coffee, 5537 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042