(Courtesy of Proof Bakery)
There’s no way to go wrong at Proof, whether you’re in the mood for a croissant, a cookie or a piece of rich chocolate cake. At noon, the bakery also serves sandwiches (salami, ham and vegetarian) on satisfyingly salty stecca bread.
Proof Bakery, 3156 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 90039
Black Elephant Coffee
If you’re looking for gluten-free or vegan pastries or a place to sit awhile and recharge, Black Elephant offers all that and good coffee. This friendly space is decorated with thriving pothos plants, each with its name on a chalkboard sign: Rosa, Maria, Solange …
Black Elephant Coffee, 3195 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 90039
Wanderlust Creamery gets its name from its geography-themed flavors, inspired by places from the Pacific Northwest (Smoky Road) to Thailand (Sticky Rice + Mango). For $30, you can take “a flight around the world” and try them all.
Wanderlust Creamery, 3134 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 90039
Tacos Villa Corona
The tiny storefront of this family-owned taco counter could be easy to miss if not for the crowd always gathered in front of it during business hours. For $3 to $7, you can buy comfort in breakfast-burrito form.
Tacos Villa Corona, 3185 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 90039
(Courtesy of Dune Bakery/David Benhaim)
Dune’s menu is small but varied, each dish a melange of texture and flavor: fried, soft-boiled, pickled, raw. If you go with a friend, split the shakshuka and a sandwich, either the pickled beet or the fried chicken shawarma.
Dune, 3143 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 90039
(Courtesy of Marcus Anthony Photography/GameHaus Cafe)
For a $5 cover ($7.50 on weekends), you have access to over 1,600 board games, with options for serious gamers and “casuals” alike. The cafe, on the edge of Glendale, is no afterthought, either — the apple pie is especially delicious.
GameHaus Cafe, 1800 S. Brand Blvd. #107 Glendale, Calif. 91204
India’s Sweets & Spices
At this completely unpretentious restaurant-grocery store, you can have a complete meal of rice and two curries for $4. Everything here is vegetarian or vegan, and because it’s so affordable, you can easily end up with a table of varied breads, from crispy dosas to fat, stuffed parathas.
India’s Sweets & Spices, 3126 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 90039