These days, independent coffeehouses are few and far between. Eclipsing them have been the giant chain coffeehouses where everything is standardized. Los Angeles, like many large cities is overrun by the larger chains. However, smaller, independently owned coffeehouses can be found in one’s own neighborhood if looked for hard enough.
Catalina Coffee Company is a local favorite just minutes from the sands of Redondo Beach. This quaint coffee house looks like a large living room that feels like home. Gone is the corporate structure and box like feel; in its place, a relaxing neighborhood hangout. Oversized couches, armchairs and dining tables can be found in all areas of the establishment. In addition, an outdoor patio is available as well. An honors code all mystery library, newspapers, a cozy fireplace, and even chess tables and board games are available to help relax and unwind. The stress of sipping and running cannot be found here. The theme is comfortable, and Catalina does a great job at keeping it that way.
Catalina roasts its own beans on site which is one of the many things that makes it unique in this day and age. The extensive menu offers a wide array of coffees, teas, pastries, chips, soups, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, oatmeal, lunch sandwiches, and Italian soda.
The hot chocolate arrived moments after placing the order. The flavor was sweet and not too rich, the milk was just the right temperature. Minutes later the turkey sandwich was also brought to the table. The meat was tender, the slaw was crispy, the bread was chewy. It was a perfect lunch on a cool autumn day.
The staff was very welcoming and friendly. They were seen throughout the establishment cleaning and speaking with the guests. The dining area was clean and although the staff delivers the food, the diners are encouraged to put it away at the bussing station. A majority of the patrons obliged with the task.
Catalina is a great alternative to the usual chain coffee house. It not only has great coffee, tea, pastries, and sandwiches, but it’s also an ideal place to study, catch up on work, or simply to read. The clientele is an eclectic mix of study groups, local interest meetings, professionals, mothers, and retirees that can be seen throughout the dining area. Internet access is available for a nominal charge. Poetry readings and live music occurs on a sporadic basis. There is no set schedule of events but the staff is well aware of future happenings and can assist with any questions. Fliers can also be found in the dining area as well. It has its own parking lot that fills quickly on weeknights after 7pm. The average price per beverage is $4.00. Meals are under $10.00.
There is limited parking available on the adjacent streets. Bring change just in case you need to park at one of the metered spots. Operating hours are M-F 7am-10pm & Sunday, 7am-8pm.
Catalina Coffee Company is located at 126 N Catalina Ave Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
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