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1802 Ocean Ave. (Santa Monica)
Santa Monica, CA
(1) 310-451-9562 | www.corascoffee.com
BEST FORBreakfast; brunch; lunch
PRICE (BREAKFAST; LUNCH)USD 2-20; USD 8-15
FAMOUS PLATESOrange-infused blueberry pancakes; burrata omelette; rotisserie tacos de carnitas
DRINKS AND WINEEspresso; coffee; tea; fresh juices
# OF SEATS25-50 (only small number inside)
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
This cute-as-can-be 1920s diner was rescued by chef Bruce Marder in 2001 and converted into a delicious gourmet brunch spot. Inside, the teeny-tiny space still features the original black and white tile floors and shiny chrome counter, while outside extra seating has been added in a shady, leafy terrace. Breakfast and brunch are the mainstays here, though the burgeoning lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, and burgers is well worth sampling.
Foodlovers and the Santa Monica brunch set.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s casual–a flirty sundress and flip-flops will do the trick. Shorts and a t-shirt work, too.
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WHY WE LIKE IT
Fantastic spot for a beachy Santa Monica breakfast or brunch–we especially like the buratta omelette–in a peaceful, leafy setting.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Since they have limited seating and a no-reservations policy, there’s always a wait.
GOOD TO KNOW
Everything on the menu is made with organic ingredients where possible, and take out is available for an extra USD 2. Cora’s is sister to Chef Bruce Marder’s other venture, formal Italian restaurant Capo.
Fraiche (Los Angeles)
Read more about Cora's Coffee Shoppe in The Diary
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