Confession: I haven't eaten here, only stopped by twice for coffee/baked goods (yes the canelle is delish). However, being a die-hard ex-Silverlaker (sounds like a sports team!), I am SOOOOO disappointed that they can't seem to get it together there. It is gorgeous, no question about it. LA Mill is like that expensive splurge of furniture you buy, which makes everything else in your apartment look dingy. LA Mill makes the other Silverlake coffee shops and stores look dingy by its glimmering, shimmering glamourousness.
Don't get me wrong. We all need a dash of glamour. I am not anti-glamour.
What I am "anti" is: poor signage, poor service, for a cafe to have such a limited selection of baked goods poorly displayed.....and the worst of all crimes - a bad cup of joe. (Or $3-4 bad cappucino.) I'm writing this in response to today's LA Times' gushing about LA Mill. Maybe the food IS to die for - I am willing to give it a try. Maybe I am just sad that Back Door Bakery is gone and am taking out my frustrations on its "replacement", LA Mill which is two things Back Door Bakery never was: large and glamourous. But I'll tell you what Back Door Bakery DID have: tremendous selection of baked goods, a GREAT cup of coffee, friendly and attentive service. I must have gone 20 times and was never disappointed. A tad expensive? Yes. Amazing and worth the trip? Yes. (Orange-almond croissants, now that I've met you it's so hard to say goodbye...)
For a cafe like LA Mill's barrista to be ignorant of common coffee terminology, such as a "dry" cappucino.....what's with that? It seems like the staff was selected for their looks (everyone looks good), not their experience and service-orientation. They seem nice, just a tad confused themselves. Kind of a headache, if you ask me.
Curious what other people's takes are. Maybe I'm expecting LA Mill to be something it's not, and I need to think of it more as a restaurant that happens to have an expensive coffee maker and a few bits of pastries in front, rather than "a neighborhood cafe", with the expectations which accompany that designation!
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