Friday, June 10, 2011

Broome St. General Store: A little bit of everything cool in Silver Lake

There's plenty of room on Broome St.'s patio for having coffee and pastries.
Broome St. General Store has taken over that sweet little bungalow on Rowena near the Coffee Table formerly occupied by Zanzabelle and Freight. Where Zanzabelle sold ice cream, coffee and nicely-designed vintage toys, Broome St. concentrates on coffee, sandwiches and desserts, and nicely-designed kitchen items. Broome St. is named after the New York street where one of the owners, Sophie Esteban, had her first real kitchen furnished with items found everywhere from Dean and DeLuca to Chinatown.
Kitchenware is has a simple appeal.
So the general store offers a little taste of everything she and co-owner Peter Graham like: Lovely reusable glass canning jars and carafes, dishes and housewares from Japan, vintage items from Esteban's collection, even elegant grey t-shirts and of course, the quintessential Silver Lake necessity, Dude No. 1 Beard Oil.
Packaged food items include raw honey and Morris Kitchen ginger syrup, in addition to jams, candy -- and bloody mary mix.
There's no kitchen, but a meal can be cobbled together from sandwiches and salads from HeirloomLA, sweets from Cake Monkey and croissants and pastries from Valerie Confections. We tried an excellent cup of Panama Hartmann Honey pour over coffee from New York's Gimme! Coffee; there's also espresso and French press coffee. Want to make perfectly-brewed pour-over coffee at home? Pick up one of those Clever Pourover brewers here. Open only six days, there's lots more to come at Broome St. -- special cakes and desserts from Valerie are in store when the shop starts opening later in the evenings in a few weeks, so Silver Lake will finally have that dessert-and-coffee place locals have longed for.
Broome St. General Store
2912 Rowena Ave.
(323) 570-0405


cats said...

we're so happy to have them in the neighborhood! we had the best latte, and loved that it doesn't come with the chaos of the other coffee places in the neighborhood. the merchandise is also amazingly well chosen. I can't wait to go back without a toddler so I can shop!

Nahid said...

I live down the street and can't wait to go!