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Zinc Cafe, A Spacious All-Day Eatery in Arts District

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

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Enter Zinc Cafe and one might see a simple open kitchen, a scattering of cafe chairs, casual tables, and a few bookshelves. Welcome to the newest star in the Arts District, opening officially on May 19 by John Secretan, who's opened a few of these in Orange County, but never one this ambitious.
Look over in the distance, another room with comfy seating all around. Some bar stools overlooking the ktichen. And then a peaceful courtyard, an oasis in the concrete jungle that is the Arts District. Finally, a back room with charming a cocktail room and even more banquettes. L.A. doesn't have too many places with this kind of space, and for the weary hipster or overclocked worker bee, this is a swell place for a pleasant mid-morning breakfast or late afternoon glass of wine.

Open just across from the Handsome Coffee that'll eventually turn into Blue Bottle, it's hard to think of a more necessary all-day place that serves a predictable blend of eggs, cereals, baked delights, and juices while lunch goes into some prepared foods, salads, wood-fired pizzettes, and sandwiches. Nothing too crazy, nothing too surprising. It's all about comfort at Zinc Cafe. Grab a cup of coffee and hang out a while. Linger long enough for some beer, wine, and eventually cocktails in the back room. Initially open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with expanded dinner service coming soon.
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Zinc Café & Market

580 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 323-825-5449 Visit Website