A Neighborhood Jewel

One of my clients moved their offices near Santa Monica Airport, so I found myself there for update meetings on a regular basis. On most days when I come there, clients Tom and Alex and Dienna and I frequent the plethora of food trucks parked all in a row on 31st and Ocean Park, and eat lunch while we’re meeting. Last, week, we decided to get out of the office, past the food trucks, past the salad bar, and across the street to a cute little restaurant called OP Cafe. We walked up to the place, and it felt like a beach house, complete with a wooden screen door and whitewashed wooden facade. Inside, it looked like a quaint 1940s roadhouse, with a mix of today’s music, reminding us what year it really was. We were lead to a table by a friendly, cute hostess, making us feel right at home. She handed out the menus, and with a big smile, asked us what we’d like to drink, saying she would be right back with our libations and that someone would be by soon to take our order. The menu was simple and straightforward, serving breakfast and lunch to the Ocean Park area work force. Breakfast choices included house-made granola, with strawberries, blueberries and yogurt ($6.95), buttermilk, strawberry, banana nut or chocolate chip pancakes, ($6.95 – $7.95) and a variety of egg dishes, most with a decidedly south-of-the-border flair. The frittatas included your choice of 3 out of 19 items from a lineup of simple to gourmet such as Sausage, Bacon, Prosciutto, Goat Cheese, Onions, Spinach, and Sundried Tomatoes ($9.95.) ┬áIn addition, there were Breakfast Tacos, (scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, Pico de Gallo, chipotle cream sauce, topped with avocado for $8.95), a low carb...