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Beverly Boulevard habitués might recognize this new restaurant (from the owner of Capo, Cora's and Brentwood) as the former home of Pastis, but since December, it's felt like everybody's House Café.

The very menu invites you to feel at home, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. For breakfast, there are classics like huevos rancheros and steak and eggs, but also more refined feasts like bagels with burrata cream cheese, veggie frittatas and a smoked salmon plate, as well as various omelet choices.

Later on, there are salads like the one with ahi tuna and arugula, or another that comes with roasted duck in a tostada. Sandwiches are enormous, especially the one with filet mignon and horseradish.

For dinner, the menu starts out with apps like short rib tacos, steamed mussels, grilled artichoke, and bbq calamari. There are half a dozen pastas, a few sides like mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, and then specialty entrees including pork paillard, filet of sole, and piping hot tagines with chicken or sea bass stewed in a selection of market-fresh veggies and spices like persimmons, mushrooms, rosemary and blue potatoes.

Desserts are a mishmash of homemade comfort foods like bread pudding, chocolate layer cake, churros, donuts, and ice cream sandwiches.

Though there are only a few beers on tap, they include foodie faves like Allagash White and Alesmith Anvil, not to mention good old-fashioned High Life, and there are always specials. The wine list has a little more variety to it, both by the glass and the bottle, though it skews mostly French and Californian.

So does the décor, which is the most charming incarnation of a kitschy Parisian brasserie on steroids (it is charming, darnit!), only more laidback. The tall tables surrounding the bar have the best panorama, but for a romantic date, snag a seat with sultry mood lighting near the front windows.


House Café
8112 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-5553
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