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On Moorpark Street: The Coffee Fix

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Ventura Boulevard tends to get all the buzz when talking up the Valley. Boutiques, restaurant after restaurant, salons, Starbucks with TV celebrities, etc. But what about the main street just north of Ventura - Moorpark Street?

You can easily miss The Coffee Fix with it's anonymous facade on the inner southwest corner at Moorpark and Whitsett in Studio City. Directly across the street is the modern looking and newish Studio City library which dominates this intersection.

Here in Van Nuys once pointed out that there are 8 billion Starbucks in Sherman Oaks and Studio City - one for every mile along Ventura (okay, so that is like 6 total). Along with that comes overpriced WiFi. The Coffee Fix's WiFi is free and dependable, complete with outlets to plug into (though, we find that sometimes they do block them when energy costs are going through the roof).

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We can't say the Coffee Fix has cheaper coffee or food, but it's made with more care and more originality. The fruit smoothies, mixed with a green tea base (and no dairy), actually taste like fruit and not a sugar pop. They also serve scrambled eggs, crepes, salads and sandwiches. As simple as it is, we're a sucker for the Peanut Butter, Banana & Honey sandwich.

Closing at 9p.m. 7 days a week, we wish they could stay open later in to the night. They open at 7 a.m. during the week and at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, 9 a.m. on Sundays.

For another Valley indie coffehouse, see Lulu's Beehive, which is around the corner and down Ventura.