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Downtown Diner Meets Bishop Coffee

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Now a “career woman", Leilani Wertens searches for the perfect meal during her lunch hour in an oft neglected part of Los Angeles—the newly revitalized downtown district. Read about her weekly culinary adventures on LAist.

by Leilani Wertens

Just down the block from FIDM, this miniscule café and purveyor of gourmet goods makes up for its lack of seating with its friendly staff and bright interior. Open for less than a year, Bishop Coffee actually caters to locals by staying open until 11pm in an area that shuts down after all the commuters leave the area looking like a ghost town. Not only is it family owned, customers are often served by Suze, the owner, or her daughter Bri, who greet their regulars by name.

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After admiring the cheery turquoise walls and lime green tables, I picked through the wall of shelves that constitute the “gourmet” side of The Bishop. They stock goodies like Tea forte (silken tea infusers), Valerie chocolates, old fashioned gum, and jars of Bella Cucina sauces and Stonewall Kitchen jams. The refrigerator case also offers spinach and ham and swiss croissants and the glass jars on the counter are filled with Madeline cookies and crunchy biscotti.

As I generally abhor hot coffee drinks (due to a knack of burning my tongue), The Bishop’s white chocolate coffreeze seemed the natural choice. Hot coffee drinks come in pawn, bishop, and king sizes while ice blended drinks, “coffreezes,” come only in the two larger sizes. While well blended with barely discernable ice crystals, the drink had a bitter taste that overrode any hint of white chocolate.