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This cafe is a throwback to the pre- Starbucks era, when “coffeehouse” meant a European-style neighborhood hangout grinding beans from local roasters in San Francisco’s North Beach—which is exactly what inspired King’s Road. This being L.A., the bowl-size cups of stellar coffee come with sunny sidewalk tables, and the occasional celebrity sighting. It’s an all-day go-to place, starting with fluffy French toast and gourmet omelets in the morning and large portions of fresh, healthful, inexpensive pizza, pasta, panini, tacos and quesadillas all day. You’ll almost certainly have to wait if you want an outside table, so plan on browsing the huge magazine stand or the cafe’s bakery next door.