I decided to stop by Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock to pick up a few goodies for a co-worker's birthday. Not fond of self-restraint, I stayed for lunch and a treat.
Fortunately, I arrived at 11:45 AM and beat the lunch crowd. 15 minutes later, the line had grown to 12 customers. Making you wait in line to order at the counter is a pretty tricky ploy, as it forces you to stare at some amazing-looking desserts including HUGE, generously-iced cupcakes. Also on display today were a chocolate-strawberry bread pudding, blondies, dark chocolate brownies and some caramels. I have had their Red Velvet cupcake and loved it, but decided to grab a coconut cupcake today.
The cupcake was AWESOME. There were shreds of coconut baked into the batter and into the cream-cheese frosting. It was a dense, heavy cupcake (which I like). Yes, you better like coconut a lot. If you do, this is the dessert for you. I could only eat 1/2 of it.
Lunch, a turkey and avocado sandwich, seemed a little steep at $8.25 (no sides included). However, the quality of the turkey was very nice (and the portion generous), with very fresh avocado, tomato and lettuce. The wheat bread was soft and flavorful. Very good sandwich, quite satisfying.
Other choices include a trio of salds, roasted portobellos, and steak sandwiches.
I really enjoyed the casual environment. The main "dining room" had several sturdy tables, and in the corner was self-serve coffee (very fresh and well-roasted beans). Several tables could be found in the patio, some in the shade and some in the sun. I relaxed with a book for 30 minutes and nobody bothered me. Except for the friendly employee who brought me my sandwich. All employees smiled and said hello.
Recommended for lunch!