765 Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Hidden between both the floral and fashion districts of Los Angeles, sits a quaint yellow diner that contrasts the bustling city. Home-style cooking, comfort food, and friendly staff: Poppy+Rose Los Angeles has it all. At first glance, the café stands out with its unique styling and charm. Don't let the location frighten you! Beyond the heavy traffic and thousands of fabrics and foliage, Poppy+Rose is certainly worth the journey. Downtown is a premier location for all creatives to get inspired by the art of the city. Streets are filled with polka dots, furs, and colorful fabrics. All that creativity eventually becomes overwhelming, and then the hunger develops. The street food including hot dogs and snacks do not necessarily complete my all-around creative adventure, especially because those locations are outdoors and do not provide sitting or working locations. The Wall Street's original location was occupied by a Mexican restaurant until the husband and wife Ryan and Diana Lamon collaborated with Michael Reed to open the café.
When I heard about the Downtown café, my first thought was: whew traffic. Battling Downtown traffic is for the brave! Especially determining where to park and how to beat both ongoing upcoming traffic. Visiting the cafe on a Thursday morning was surprisingly the perfect time. I was able to step right into the open café and find a spot at the large tables. I was surrounded by students or others equipped with their laptops and coffees. This place is the ideal location to get work done with its wide space, lit room, and chill atmosphere. Even the workers had the same quality charm as the location itself. They were friendly, yet non-invasive. However, they still found a way to build a relationship with almost every person that visited. The building itself resembled a Downtown loft. The décor was my favorite! Each wooden table had a basket set with a unique shaped glass of water, condiments, and silverware. Topping the basket, is the daily flower given by the neighborhood flower shops. The simple tables were out shined by yellow steel chairs matching the color of the building. Finding a way to combine modern simplicity yet a rural edge, makes this location an instagrammable charm.
Providing both breakfast and lunch, Poppy+Rose charms me as one of those great Los Angeles brunch locations. I've had my fair share of great brunches. So much that I even claim my own expertise as a chicken and waffles connoisseur. Rumor of the café is that the "Chicken and Waffles" meal is one of the favorites. Only I could be the judge of that, so I decided to order it. I also taste-tested a bagel in order to cure my early hunger. The menu looked overall delicious. Homestyle comfort food with a combination of modern flux is what this café is known for. You can have your hand with casual breakfast meals such as eggs, breakfast sandwiches, and burritos. Lunch dishes are also a thing here. Other crowd favorites are sandwiches, burgers and even salads. Another fan favorite is the coffee options, that influences the visit for any occasion. When my order came I was impressed by the portion size of the meal, not too much but very fulfilling. Granted there is never anything wrong with a large plate, this meal left me leaving with a to-go order. The waffle was really tasty. Even good enough to be eaten by itself. The complimenting syrup could've been a tad bit sweeter, but the waffle was a complete stand alone. Now I know what everyone is thinking of, the chicken. It is very difficult for upscale joints to take on the home favorite. Not everyone can season a chicken, the way your grandma or mom can. However, this place was almost close. The seasoning on this chicken was surprisingly delicious. It was neither dry or too salty and paired well with the sweet waffle. The chicken could've had a tad bit more crispiness and even adding an option of what piece of chicken to choose can up the meal a little more. Overall the plate was delicious and kept me full for almost the full day.
Great coffee joint
Chicken & Waffles
-Be aware of the parking locations within the area. This is Downtown and parking does cost.
- $2 parking validation offered with a minimum $15 Purchase;
Parking is available MON-SAT until 4PM
Parking on the street is FREE every Sunday
-Come at a suitable time! This place gets crowded real quick and does not really have much of a waiting location.
So if you are going just to hang out or even to have a big meal with friends, I prefer to come a little in the later of
the noon, because majority of the crowds come in around morning.
- Try something new every time! This place has a lot of offers and will bring you coming back. I encourage you to
try all the menu's favorites.