Seeing a line out the door kept me away on their opening day, but the 4th of July weekend seemed like a good time to try it
Here's the deal: You can sit at the counter (about 12 seats) and it's full service, or you can stand in line and order at the cash register and then they'll bring the food to your table.
Like Starbucks, they have a table in the middle of the restaurant with all the condiments like Sriracha, Tabasco etc. and milk, sugar, etc for coffee. Even if you're eating at the counter, you need to get up to get the condiments.
You can see the menu on their website, but suffice to say it's breakfast and lunch food.
The serving sizes are generous; not Claimjumper generous, but generous enough to be filling.
Duck confit hash was meaty and flavorful, although it needed some hot sauce as it was a little dry. It was mixed with country potatoes and arugula and had two sunny side up eggs on top. It was served with two slices of toast made with freshly baked bread.
The B.E.L.T. sandwich (bacon, eggs, lettuce and tomato) was similarly generous in portion and quite flavorful. The bacon was smoky and the lettuce was crisp, served on ciabatta, it alone was a nice meal. But it was served with a choice of greens or quinoa. We elected the quinoa and it had a nice citrusy/nutty flavor with chopped zuccini mixed in.
Not surprisingly, the coffee was rich and strong... just as I like it.
This was a nice meal, right across the street from the new La Brea Bakery, which I have yet to try.
359 S. La Brea (at 4th)