There are a multitude of neighborhood gems in the trendy- and even not so trendy- areas of LA. In the shopping districts that are known for their Hollywood starlet hangouts and overpriced boutiques, restaurants set up shop and hope to become the next big overly-hyped sensation; unfortunately not all live up to their reputation. King's Road Cafe on Beverly Blvd. actually does.
Despite its small and unassuming look, this little restaurant located right on Beverly Blvd. on the cross street from which it gets its name, is known for getting everything that they do right. And I mean EVERYTHING. From their breakfast burritos, loaded with fluffy eggs, hearty beans, and creamy avocado, to their hefty burgers made with bacon jam, caramelized onions, and served with a side of crispy fries that can give most fast food joints a run for their money, this place really knows how to keep the locals coming back for more.
The atmosphere here is very chill and welcoming, which I find surprising on a breezy Sunday afternoon. I was a bit thrown by the fact that they have two separate dining areas, one which appears to be a different business altogether, but is a lot smaller and looks more like a bar than the main dining area on the right. They also have a nice outdoor dining area that isn't so much a patio as it is a bunch of tables with umbrellas on the sidewalk. It actually works, though. I wasn't bothered by the passing traffic, barking pets, or occasional jogger. The sidewalk is big enough and the surrounding shopping district itself is nice, with a great view of those expensive boutiques I mentioned earlier. On hotter days, it will get a lot more crowded and people will definitely be cramming in for the indoor tables and cooler space, so be prepared for that.
If you want a well-rounded dining experience here on your first visit, I say go for some of their fancy wine or higher-quality beer to start. If alcohol isn't your thing, they happen to be known for their vanilla latte. To be perfectly honest, I have had better; it was a little on the stronger side, though nicely-balanced with their vanilla syrup and milk. However, if you like the strong French or Italian roasts, you will love this coffee.
For your dining pleasure, consider trying something on the sweeter side with either a full or half order of their French Toast or buttermilk pancakes. Both come served with a healthy serving of fresh fruit and a not-so-healthy side of maple syrup. You can also get these as sides, in case all you want to do is sample one of each and leave more room for the “real food.” Once you've satisfied your sweet tooth, I would highly recommend one of their protein packed egg dishes that range from Eggs Benedict to Paleo dishes that cut out the carbs and leave only the protein and healthy fats. Or go for one of their sizable sandwiches: I hear the Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich with jalapenos is to die for.
If you're more of a meat eater, they have something that will knock your socks off, as well. Their signature King's Road Burger, served with bacon jam, caramelized onions, aioli, and a side of crispy fries is considered one of the best in town in terms of both size and taste. And let me tell you, this bad boy is one of the best I've had in a while. The slight sweet-and-salty contrast balances the juicy savoriness of the meat perfectly.
If you're more of the animal-friendly type, fret not! They also have vegetarian options to please your palate and soothe your conscience! Whatever you decide, chances are, you will love this place. It's quite friendly on the wallet, too.