Small Bites: The Edison serves 'breakfast'; Equator Cafe opens in Venice
Midnight breakfast: The Depression-era-inspired downtown bar, the Edison, is launching a late-night "breakfast menu" beginning Friday, Sept. 4, at 11:30 p.m. All items on the "midnight breakfast" menu go for $13. They include: a Monte Cristo (Black Forest ham, Gruyere cheese, powdered sugar -- served with maple syrup and strawberry compote); the Edison Silver Dollar Stack (wild blueberry buttermilk pancakes, maple candied bacon, lemon butter and syrup); Nutella-banana crepes (vanilla crepes filled with brown butter, bananas, Nutella, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and chopped hazelnuts); the Boiler Room Benedict (crispy English muffin, poached eggs, pancetta and chive hollandaise); the Working Joe Breakfast (two eggs, home fries, short stack and candied bacon). Sides -- including home fries, a short stack of blueberry pancakes, candied bacon and two eggs -- go for $6 each. The Edison, 108 W. 2nd St., L.A. (213) 613-0000.
Your newest coffee break: Equator Books, which also has a dandy selection of vinyl, has just opened a cafe inside the store called -- appropriately -- Equator Cafe. The little cafe has a wooden counter and nifty futuristic frogs painted on the wall behind it. Right now it is serving coffee and espresso drinks as well as tea and pastries. Also noteworthy is the fact that this weekend Equator is celebrating its five-year anniversary by offering all books and records at a 50% discount through Monday. Equator Books and Cafe, 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 399-5544, www.equatorbooks.com. Hours: Mon. to Fri. 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: Working Joe breakfast. Credit: Scott Atkinson Newell