I was hit by the blow of the decade last week: my beloved CafÃ© du Village, delicious, unpretentious and relatively reasonably-priced, indoor-outdoor French eatery on famed (and a wee too twee, but oh, well) Larchmont Boulevard, was getting the boot by the building’s owners.
Or rather, they weren’t exactly, but raising the rent 100% overnight makes staying put a difficult proposition for a small, family-owned eatery in the middle of the worst economic downturn we’ve enjoyed (ha!) since the Great Depression.
The good news? They’ve been given a three-month reprieve. That’s three months to load up on the Monsieur Cobb, the curried chicken salad, or the yum-diddlee-yum Nicoise.
Three months of grilled chicken, ham & swiss or my own personal fave, Le Bandol (kinda like Frenchy gyros) on ciabbattina (sic), with a split side of yummy salad and skinny fries (are there any other kind?) on the side. (SCD-ers take note: Le Bandol is also delish served atop the salad alone; order double-meat like the fat, proud, American pig you are and thank me later).
You like breakfast? They do a nice breakfast! And a non-crowded dinner, with a special or two in addition to the regular menu. Personally, I’d get my coffee elsewhere, maybe Peet’s, down the block, but coffee in general ain’t the best in L.A. What can I say? We get the nice weather instead.
I plan to eat at Cafe du Village as often as humanly possible over the next few months, both to get my fix and perhaps generate some positive juju flowing their way, that they might be asked to stay a little bit longer. It is my fondest wish that if you are an Angeleno or just passing through, decluttering or not, you make Cafe du Village your destination for breakfast, lunch or dinner at least once in that three-month window as well. It is hard to find great places to eat clean (although I’ve been known to succumb to a fry or two in my weaker moments), and I’d like this one to stick around, or at least enjoy such a rollicking business that they’re compelled to re-open in a new (and less twee, maybe?) location if they do get the boot.
Decluttering and all, I’m still considering the purchase of one of their ultra-cute tees, in solidarity with them. But reward enough for me will be Le Bandol on salad, double-meat, with a fruity-ass iced tea on the side.
Eminently delicious; 100% biodegradable.
Cafe du Village
139 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(open until January; call first, just in case!)