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Historic Filipinotown Adds a New Bakery Cafe From a Longtime LA Pastry Chef

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Doubting Thomas pop-up finds a permanent spot from Naomi Shim

Naomi Shim Doubting Thomas
Naomi Shim serving customers at a previous pop-up
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Historic Filipinotown is quickly emerging as the next buzzy place to put in a restaurant, particularly with the rise of mixed-use buildings meant to add housing density up top and food and retail down below. One new name ready to capitalize: Doubting Thomas, which has for years existed as a long-running pop-up around town.

Doubting Thomas is the work of Naomi Shim, a popular pastry name who cut teeth at places like Salt’s Cure. She’s also done pastry for Copa Vida and Coffee Commissary over the years, and is looking to add coffee to the repertoire with the new shop on Temple Street. Signage is now up on the glass front of the cafe, which sits at the base of the mixed-use Cactus building. Eater reached out for a timeline on opening, but so far hasn’t heard back.

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In the meantime, things continue apace elsewhere in the neighborhood. Tactile Coffee is now up and running down on Beverly, as is cocktail bar Genever nearby. Vaka Burger is coming along soon as well, while just around the corner from it all on Glendale Boulevard is the future home of Clark Street Bread, right near the border with Echo Park. That’s not to say the area has been a food wasteland otherwise, of course; Doubting Thomas lands just blocks from longstanding Filipino spots like Dollar Hits and Bahay Kubo.

Doubting Thomas
2510 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA