In the continuing quest for edible food in the mid-Wilshire area, I decided to brave the lunch menu at Backdoor Boba, a quirky little cafe/gallery in the alley across from Kinko's. Open for about a year, their menu keeps expanding with new signs on the wall, offering Asianized Western dishes or vice versa. "Fried rice with habanero Cajun sausage!" proclaims one. "Penne paste with tofu and sun-dried tomatoes" says another.
I ordered the salmon cake salad and an iced green tea with soymilk. I liked the salad -- it was a breadcrumby salmon patty that tasted just like the ones my grandma in Illinois used to make out of canned salmon, on a large bed of fresh romaine, with a sweetish vinaigrette. Plain, but reasonably healthy tasting.
The counter guy, Frederick, was so happy to find someone to speak French with that while I ate, we ended up discussing the pros and cons of the American economic system and whether American film critics serve merely as publicists for movies.
So whether you're looking for wi-fi access, a tofu stack on French bread with spinach (?), blueberry pancakes or a heavy French political discussion with your boba, Frederick and the Asian owners will be glad to oblige.
5484 Wilshire, only in the alley sorta