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Kid Hit Menu Items:
Intelligentsia might be able to make you a steamer or a small hot chocolate for the kids, but its neighbor, Sunset Junction Coffee Shop, takes things a step further in this department. The kids’ menu — if you go for such things, since the concept runs counter to some parents’ eating out philosophy — contains tried and true classics, and is basically perfect. One of my kids goes for the eggs, toast + bacon combo (at $6, it’s the highest priced kids’ menu item), while the other is an animal face berry pancake fan ($4, about the price of a small pastry in a fancy coffee place or bakery). Or if I REALLY indulge his wildest dreams, the youngest gets mac n’ cheese for breakfast, a decision which might mean some teasing from his older brother. (Note: You really might want to rethink your eating habits when a 7-year-old criticizes your lack of variety.) Anyway, breakfast is served all day, and the kids lunch menu is available in the a.m.

Adult Perks: Although a self-described “contemporary take on the East-coast style diner,” we’re suckers for Sunset Junction’s version of a West Coast greasy spoon favorite. I order one of the veggie Benedicts and share the hunk of salty, crispy, so-many-reasons-they’re-not-good-for-you hash browns on the side. Since I’m not a ham fan, the entire Benedicts section of the breakfast menu with various toppings, such as avocado, asparagus, or artichoke, is a big bonus, as is the Susina croissant some of the renditions come served on. Because it’s a diner/coffee shop, I can’t help but want a mug of coffee, so then I feel like an idiot paying $3 for this item when Intelli is steps away. Handle that dilemma however way you see fit. Last time I succeeded at having coffee at home beforehand, and abstaining once at the restaurant counter. [click to continue…]

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