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Because Starbucks is my go-to coffee shop during the weekday, it's nice to explore new coffee shops on the weekends. Recently, I went to Civil Coffee up in Highland Park. I found Civil Coffee from a list of best coffee shops on Thrillist and added it to my bookmark list a while ago. What drew me to Civil Coffee was the rich and dark (and slightly moody) space with gold accents; a bit refreshing from the white, bright, and minimalist look you see a lot these days. There's a lot of space to sip on some good cold brew, chat with friends, and get some people watching done because there is no wifi. Yup. But the coffee was great and the service was fantastic. Highly recommend for a change of scenery!
Tinfoil: 5900 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
After Civil Coffee, we walked about two blocks to get to Tinfoil. I found the place on Yelp and when we got to the liquor store, we were incredibly confused since we didn't see a deli. Luckily, a worker overheard our conversation and led us to the back where there was a hidden deli. We didn't expect it at all so we kind of geeked out over finding a hidden deli in a liquor store. Apparently, the "secret code" to get to the deli is "Do you sell birthday candles?"
We ended up ordering one cold sandwich, the "Club Rafter," which has Smoked Turkey, Bacon, Chipotle Aioli, White Cheddar Cheese, and Arugula and one hot sandwich, "the OG," which has Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, and Russian Dressing. Though I really liked both sandwiches, I think "the OG" tasted better and would definitely recommend. I've never had Corned Beef in my sandwich before and it wasn't as salty as I imagined. The bread was super soft and warm and I appreciated the simplicity of just the meat, cheese, and dressing more than the "Club Rafter."
Fun fact about Highland Park: it was one of the first subdivisions of Los Angeles (thanks Wikipedia)