angelique #1

Here’s the thing.

We didn’t intent to come here. We wanted to go to Langer’s Deli for the world’s best pastrami sandwich.

We drove downtown, in the middle of a Class V Rainstorm (lightly drizzling if you live anywhere but LA)

I parked the car next to a phone store which seem to be having a going-out-of-business sale, there was a line out the door and every single person was on their phones. (Were they testing out the merchandise??)

It was quite a chaotic scene! The McDonald’s next door was so crowded, they must have been having their own going-out-of-business sale.

As we began to skip to the restaurants’ front door, we passed a homeless person (of undetermined gender) rolling around in the street next to the curb. There appeared a man (or woman) standing above her/him, just staring.

Unfazed, we approached the empty, dark diner. “CLOSED ON SUNDAYS”


I had even printed out the directions, which stated this fact clearly. I had pastrami on the brain.

As we headed back to the car, eager to get out of that sketchy neighborhood, I noticed a different person staring at the writhing bum. Like a beetle on it’s back.

We were getting hungry and had to eat something. So we drove aimlessly around downtown, searching.

We made several McDonald’s jokes as we passed about 17 of them. (We only passed 15, but 17 sounds funnier)

Everything was closed.

Except for Angelique.

Located on burgeoning Main street, this neighborhoody little french joint was quite welcoming.

They welcomed us with an amazing Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese with bechamel sauce) and some AMAZING FRENCH FRIES. They actually tasted just like McDonald’s fries!

We all ordered quite possibly the world’s tastiest drink (Orangina) and guzzled it down like a Bedouin after a sandstorm.

We could have hung out there forever, it was so casual and friendly. The kind of place you can just show up for a quick bite in your jeans and t-shirt because you live in the loft upstairs from it and you are secretly sleeping with the slightly unclean waitress.

840 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 623-8698