Don’t go to this cafe if you get freaked out by old, creaky, and not so clean neighborhood dives. This is a rather dilapidated older purple building that that houses a basic cafe that serves Cuban sandwiches, strong cafe con leche and bitter espressos, and variety of good yet cheap cookies, pastries, and cakes in Silverlake. You’ll find something to like here. The bathroom is outside the cafe inside the little meeting house/room next door.
They offer medianoche (midnight sandwich) with shredded pork, ham, pickles, and cheese pressed into soft yellow? somewhat brioche like bread. I personally like the ham better but others like the shredded pork. The ham is solid and chewy with a nice smoky flavor and a nice contrast to the creamy cheese. They are encased in a soft shell of a bread that offers a chewy and soft texture that’s very slightly sweet. The pickle provides the subtle veggie crunch and tart counterpoint to all this gooeyness. I brushed out most of the shredded pork because it was too bland and mushy for me.
They offer turkey and cheese croissant, pork and cheese, ham and cheese sandwich, veggie sandwiche, salads, and more. Their cookies and pastries are gigantic, their guava cheese cake enclosed in flaky pastry crust is rich and satisfying.
I enjoy their strong hot creamy cafe con leche which they can make with full or 2% milk. This coffee balances the sweet and rich foods at the cafe and gives a jolt to the senses whether it is sniffed or sipped. It is a comfortable and relaxed place for people to read, chat, or just be introverted.
The owner is sweet and took over in 1995 because he wanted a comfortable neighborhood joint. He joked that he bought places that he hung out in himself.
Parking can be a pain but persevere and you’ll find something. Read the street cleaning signs carefully!!!