Paper or Plastik for Breakfast

Paper or PlastikIt is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Personally, I’d add “only if it includes good coffee.” Good coffee and a great place to enjoy it is like a little island of tranquility–a respite from the world. Living in LA there are plenty of options for third-wave coffee, but many are too pretentious to provide that refuge I crave.

Enter Paper or Plastik. Sandwiched between auto repair shops and a carpet store on Pico Boulevard, this cafe is hidden in plain sight — right in my own Mid-City neighborhood. Why, oh why did it take me so long to discover it?

One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.” – Robert A. Heinlein

We stopped in here for breakfast on the Monday before Christmas. The place has a hip, industrial feel with an airy loft and bright windows. The breakfast menu is not lengthy, but everything looked delicious. I could pick anything and be perfectly happy. My morning was looking up.

Breakfast Sandwich at Paper or Plastik

We both opted for the breakfast sandwich, which had organic eggs on a cheddar-chive biscuit with fig jam, arugula and applewood smoked bacon. I paired this with PoP’s Nicaragua San Jose pour over that was smooth and creamy, while Joan had a pot of herbal tea that she described as sublime.

Coffee and Tea

Paper or Plastik has a “no laptop” policy on the weekends to encourage visiting over surfing. And even on weekdays, laptop users are relegated to the bar, the patio or the mezzanine. It’s a policy that I respect, even as I type this post from the back corner of the cafe.

My brunch experience here in one word: Wonderful. I’ve found my new favorite spot.

Paper or Plastik also has a lunch and dinner menu that looks equally special. I look forward to trying dinner here soon.

Paper or Plastik Cafe on UrbanspoonPaper or Plastik
5772 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019


Open daily from 7am-10pm

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