I can't really review the food or service at Alcove Cafe on Hillhurst, because it was way too crowded on Sunday afternoon to ever get a table or get served. The line snaked out the door as if no one in Los Feliz had ever seen a brunch place before. But I am glad they finally put the interesting little brick house that houses Alcove to good use, instead of tearing it down. The patio is charming and the baked goods looked lovely, although Kathy said it wasn't a good sign that every single table bore a number and had not yet been served. I noted that $10 is the new minimum price point for sandwiches, burgers and omelettes at most cafes...it seems like there used to be such a thing as a $6.00 sandwich, but no more, apparently. We grabbed a few things from the Village Gourmet next door and took them home to my quiet, dogless patio. Kathy liked her curried chicken salad on a bed of baby greens. I was happy with my chicken apricot salad after dousing it with a little of Kathy's balsamic viniagrette -- it was dry at first, with a strong, yet not unpleasant, dose of rosemary. My Italian white bean salad with chunks of carrots was also nice. It's a good place to pick up a picnic for the Bowl or Griffith Park, if you don't mind paying dearly for stuff you could throw together in the kitchen in a few minutes.
1929 Hillhurst Ave. (Los Feliz)