been to LA MILL four times, twice in the last week. ordered the infamous one egg dish, it came with two eggs. the eggs were the most vibrant, almost neon yolk we've seen in a restaurant lately. we only see that kind of freshness from my friend who raises chickens and gives us fresh, fresh just lain eggs.
we had coffees expertly paired with our dishes which were nicely coursed for us like a tasting menu. don't know where else you can do this. we applaud and support LA MILL's innovative support and courage to do something fresh and new. too bad that some can't get their corporately branded, low cost food chain production mindset around the concept. Or have they? the joint is jumping and crowded on our mid-week and weekend visits. COFFEE does not always = cheap drinks and cheap pastries and sandwiches.
also inquired what kind of milk LA MILL is using for their coffee drinks. STRAUSS FAMILY CREAMERY ORGANIC BARISTA BLEND which runs close to $6/gallon. so let's stop comparing the prices to INTELLIGENSIA (using ALTADENA with no organic offering) and compare apples to apples here. i've also had a fine $25 cup of coffee (esmerelda) at INTELLIGENSIA in chicago (i really like their coffee).
is it inexpensive? no. is it a ripoff? no. i think the value is there for what you get. i paid 5.50 for a lousy pre-made egg salad sandwich out of the case at STARBUCKS the other day.
so with all these questions about prices, there's not too many comments on food and bean quality. so if i could choose lower prices for lesser quality, more voluminous food or the same prices with the currently high food quality, well, i'll eat smaller portions of unsurpassed food quality and a great, unique experience. there are plenty of places like the BACKDOOR. but i'll go every other day in exchange for the excellent bacon brioche with the kenya ichamura clover. i'm glad for something different and my waistline will probably be smaller.
as eastsiders, we're ecstatic we don't have to settle for lower quality food when going to a neighborhood joint. to get cimarusti & vasquez's food without having to battle traffic on franklin, well that's enough to bring us back over and over again. we think it's a great addition to the area.