A new face
Popular breakfast and lunch chef Matt Wilson has a new gig, running the kitchen of Paper or Plastik Cafe on Pico Boulevard in Mid-City. The unassuming corner coffee stop holds a dance studio in the back and has for years anchored the area for laptop warriors and anyone looking for a quick bite of food and a pick-me-up, but now with Wilson at the helm the plan is to push the envelope quite a bit further. Wilson is most known for his time at Sqirl and Wild at Canele, so expect options like kimchi chicken and waffles, yellowtail conserva tartines, and the like; there’s even a burger with beef from Standing’s Butchery on Melrose. Breakfast runs daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 pm., and dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Meet the faces behind our food ♂️ • • • Spearheaded by the talented Chef Matt Wilson, formerly of #SQIRL, #wildatcanele, and @sonofagunrestaurant, our new menu emphasizes products from local purveyors, like produce from #colemanfarms, @kongthao03 family farm and @koda_farms, as well as @gristandtoll milled flours for our handmade pastas and @standingsbutchery meats like our custom blend burger. Wilson is a SoCal native and he’s steering the ship alongside his Sous Chef, Brandon Conaway, who formerly worked with Matt at @rossobluela and @osteriamozza. Brandon is also a SoCal native, born and raised in Orange County. • • • As Matt describes,"Our ethos is about community. That's what we’re trying to do with our farmers and food. We're attempting to create food that reflects our conversations with our farmers about what they're planting and what's ready to be harvested. We want to keep our food community close, with a tight-knit kitchen, making simple food for regular customers that become a larger part of the PoP family. That's what this place is all about. Family." • • • Come by for the new menu and stay for the specials! Follow along our stories to see what Matt and Brandon are cooking up weekly, like last week's braised lengua tacos with ancho gooseberry salsa and delicate squash on house mustard green tortillas.
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