Monday, September 25, 2006
Backdoor Bakery, revisited
Eating L.A. was hoping to bring you a report on Netty's new brunch menu, but when we arrived at Netty's to meet Chris and Deborah Sunday morning at 10, we realized that Netty's doesn't open until 11 on weekends. So we decided to join the line of dogs and their owners at the Backdoor Bakery and see how this little cafe has weathered the last 10 or 12 years. Like many dogless longtime Silver Lake residents, I normally avoid the Backdoor because 1) when dogs outnumber people, there's a fairly high chance a dogfight will occur right under your table 2) some of the baked goods I've tried have been constructed with variations of rotten fruit or raw fruit that left a bad taste in my mouth 3) for the first several years of their existence, they inexplicably refused to make me an ice tea, which I found annoying and lastly, 4) once I was taking a picture of the sidewalk tables for an article I was doing on Silver Lake and someone came out and threatened me, trying to demand I give them the film from my camera.
But ok, let's let bygones be bygones -- the line moves at a decent clip, we order up some coffee and egg dishes and find an outside table. Admittedly, the tables have seemingly not been cleaned since my daughter's nursery school class decorated them in 1996 or so, and the "B" health rating reflects the rather leisurely approach to hygiene. But Matt's egg and cheese sandwich, Deborah's eggs and herbed toast with fruit and Chris's and my bagels were all perfectly fine. The coffee has improved a bit in the last 10 years, too. And everything arrived much more quickly than I remembered.
Verdict: If you need a convenient place to meet someone, and especially if you want to take your dog, the Backdoor Bakery offers a competent if not inspired menu. But with Netty's working on a reconception, maybe it's time to give the place a good cleaning and spiff things up like the rest of the neighborhood. I'm still not sure if you can get an ice tea, however.
1710 Silver Lake Blvd.
at 10:52 AM