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V Cafe Softly Opens on Melrose, Specialty Food Market Galore

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To underestimate the petite glory of Melrose Ave’s newest café/marketplace would be ill-advised. V Café, which quietly opened its doors less than a week ago, offers breakfast and lunch to lovers of specialty foods and gourmet sandwiches. Add to that combination a wunderkind working the espresso machine and a spare, sleek white space with a small smattering of tables inside and out. All before making it to the counter, you can pile your arms high with the cream of the crop in olive oils, flavored syrups, vinegars, tapenades, and various salts to your right. Turn to the left and you’ll be inundated with options like specialty popcorn (truffle and parmesan, anyone?), chocolate bars for the gourmand, and snack-inducing salted breadsticks.

If you’re trying to stay away from sweets like biscotti and homemade pastries, don’t look down at the counter while you’re ordering lunch. On a strip of Melrose just west of Crescent Heights, this café will serve as a neighborhood spot for affordable, casual, and delectable cuisine that will appeal to caffeine-addicts and specialty food-hoarders alike. If it sounds reminiscent of semi-neighbor Froma or a kid sister to Joan’s on Third, you’re not completely off-target. Owner Murtaza Ahmadi is already a familiar face in the neighborhood considering his cigar lounge just two doors down has been open for more than 13 years. The lounge is currently undergoing renovations to feature a larger outdoor patio, private lockers, and a new bar – the works, basically.
·V Cafe To Open On Melrose "In A Couple Weeks" [~ELA~]
— Nicole Campoy-Leffler

V Cafe

8164 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

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