Kid Hit Menu Items: Four Café’s food generally changes with the season and product availability. But there’s the terrific kids’ menu that’s consistent compared to the main menu: crust-less PB&J ($4), grilled cheese ($5), shaved chicken sandwich ($5.25), penne pasta with veggies and olive oil OR butter ($4.50; how nice to have that option!), mac n’ cheese ($5), egg salad sandwich ($4), and mini BBQ chicken sandwich ($4.50). Desserts are tempting and made in-house, and the lemonade and other drinks are super fresh. You can feel a little less guilty about that seasonal blood orange cake or the lemon verbena pot de crème. And Four Café serves Bulgarini Gelato. I’ll have to try the breakfast/brunch some time soon, too.
Adult Perks: Earlier this summer we really enjoyed the luscious pork loin sandwich with fennel. Spinach salad with pancetta, fig and blue cheese was a little heavy on the pancetta and not enough tang, but overall made for a fresh and hearty lunch. All produce is fresh as can be, since the chefs/owners have direct relationships with some farms in the region. Four Café takes a flexible approach, offering to make sandwiches as salads; the salad/sandwich combo is $15, or for $3 more you can get a salad from the deli case.
Pros: Easy quick counter service. Honest, fresh food. The kids’ menu speaks for itself.
Cons: Few, unless you’re expecting something fancy and very complicated.
Changing Station: No
High Chairs: Yes
Parking and Access: Parking on Colorado Blvd. is generally not difficult.
Other Tidbits: Four Café has the look that typifies many Los Angeles restaurants circa 2010: reclaimed wood surfaces, pendant light fixtures (in this case handblown glass made by one of the owner’s mothers, rather than de rigueur vintage style Edison bulbs), sealed and polished concrete floors, some exposed duct work, and a combination of bench seating with unfixed tables and a counter that runs the length of one wall. Here you’ll definitely find another sincere iteration of the sustainable/green/locavore ethic. That’s a good way to pass on this worthwhile lesson to the kids, right?
2122 ½ Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
Cuisine: Seasonal/Market-Driven, Fast Casual