A counter order fast casual on Pico, Colony Cafe is beachy in its blue and white decor with pictures of old time LA lining the brick walls. It features a comprehensive menu of breakfast and lunch salads, sandwiches, burgers, dogs and wraps with enough on order to satisfy picky eaters.
With both indoor and outdoor seating and a healthy to-go business, Colony Cafe fills a need when fast but tasty food is required.
On this occasion The Monster decides on the half chicken which is served with cole slaw, a corn muffin and a side of barbecue sauce. Since there is something on the menu called garlic fries those have to be ordered as well. In the past The Monster has worked his way through pulled chicken sandwiches, various wraps and a few salads. One negative for some may be that the sandwiches come only with Kettle Chips. If you want sides you must order them as well which begins to drive the price up.
The chicken doesn’t win any awards but the skin is pleasing enough and the meat on the moist side. Similarly, the cole slaw and muffin do the trick but won’t be ordered again. What is a winner? Garlic fries. That should come as little shock. They are greasy, garlic-laden treats that shouldn’t be ordered if you need to see anyone important for the next week or plan on kissing someone for say, the next year.
The portions can be smaller than The Monster would like and the prices perhaps a tad higher than the food warrants but the staff is friendly and the crowds attest that this isn’t keeping away the lunchtime workers or the late afternoon yoga attendees who want a yogurt fix while they chat away. Given the location, parking can be a drag and know that they close at 4 pm. For many, the deciding factor will be one’s tolerance for eating with plastic silverware out of paper and plastic. If you can get past that, there are some decent eats at Colony Cafe.
Why go: Downward dog works up quite an appetite.
Monster rating: 3/5 Monsters
10937 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064