Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Angelique, au revoir

Angelique Cafe, a unique French bistro in downtown Los Angeles (C)2009 Glenn Primm Photography

Another Los Angeles gem hidden in plain sight, situated on an urban peninsula, Angelique offered French bistro-style food (not cuisine, mind you, but basic French countryside food - eggs benedict and Croque Monsieur were staples, while their onion soup was always superb). The service was usually excellent, but when it was bad, it was tres mal. (Come to think of it, that's actually something of the American perception of the French in any case.)

Architecturally, the place is unique, even in a city noted for its eclectic buildings. Visitors to downtown LA were always charmed by its style and location, and neighborhood regulars always had the elevated terrace to while away a Sunday afternoon in the gorgeous southern California sunshine with a boutille de vin ordinaire.

Alas, she has closed. Whether a victim of the recession or bad management is a mystery to all, and no one who knows is talking. In the meantime, the cafe is on the market and it's hoped by the former regulars that whatever the Angelique morphs into, they keep serving the onion soup. It was always tres magnifique.

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