BLOOM IS WORTH A SHOT

Bloom Cafe
5544 Pico Blvd. Los Angeles
(323) 934-6900

It's hip, it's into organic, it's surprisingly big for a neighborhood cafe with several eating areas including indoor tables, back enclosed patio and tables out front. We found parking right in front and found our little dog was welcome as he flopped under our table and flirted with everyone who walked by... including the occasional pigeon.

The service was lacking even though it wasn't busy, but I was able to occupy myself with the intriguing listing of "wellness enhancers" that you could select to supplement or enhance your juice or smoothies. For $1.25 you can get Flax Seed Oil, Dr. Green's Superfood, Echinacea, Aloe, Bee Pollen, MSM, Hemp Protein, Ginger or Spirulina. Wow! Look out Jamba Juice!

Their less-virtuous caffeinated offerings were more what we were looking for, so we had lattes with non-fat milk.

I ordered the fritatta but found it sadly lacking in the roasted red peppers, carmelized onions and olives that were promised, it was just eggy and dry with a decidedly over-browned crust that I pulled off like a lid. Only 1 slice of our toast came toasted and the waiter warned us that it would "take a while" to get us more bread that was actually toasted. He wasn't kidding. 1/2 hour later we got 1/2 a slice of cold toast.

Hudson ordered the salmon omelet and it was really good! Nice smoked salmon and the perfect amount of sour cream. So, I'd say, if you're looking for organic food in the hood, or better yet, for a boost of wellness enhancer, give Bloom a shot.

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