Late Night Eats: Nova Express Cafe
Attention space cadets, men in black and intergalactic babes, your resistance to snack attacks of insomnia are not to be heeded. Point your ship towards Fairfax Village and prepare to wine and dine in the alien kitsched, mellowed out, droid welcoming version of the Mos Eisley Cantina at Nova Express Cafe.
Open six nights a week (no Mondays) starting at 7 p.m., Nova stays open until 2 a.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, 3.am. on Thursdays and 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Alien servers are relaxed, so if you are in a light speed hurry to eat and run, use your tractor beams to draw them to your table. Liquids range from wines, beers, martinis (with appropriate names such as the cosmicpolitan) to teas, espressos and shakes (soy milk requests honored).
The full menu is served 'til closing and mainly features cosmic pizzas with homemade dough (nothing special) and honey red sauce (delicious!) -- all served on U.F.O. pizza trays (see video). Alternative veggie or vegan cheese is available on full pizzas, but not on slices (cheese may or may not be vegan, most wait staff at restaurants do not know that soy cheese occasionally carries the animal products [casein or whey] depending on the brand].
If available, try the empanadas for your appetizer, if not, the spicy cajun fries or homemade foccacia Nova Bread with parmesan dipping sauce are excellent starters. If you order a salad (and we recommend the spinach based Solar Flare with tofu and the house vinaigrette, which is some of the best dressing we've ever had), skip the farinaceous appetizers as all celestial salads come with Nova Bread automatically. If pizza is not your thing, try the sandwiches, excuse us, Galactic Neutrinos. Vegetarian, cheese, turkey, chicken and peanut butter/honey are all available for orbital consumption.
Nova Express Cafe is an excellent, fun and weird way to munch-a-bunch in a hyper-colored dark room. Occasionally, live music and DJs will fill the aural limits, otherwise, the sonic boom box will play music from beyond.
Nova Express Cafe
426 N. Fairfax Ave. (across from Canter's )
Los Angles, CA, US, NA, WH
323 658 7533
Earth Hours, Pacific Standard Time
7 p.m. - 2 a.m. Sunday - Wednesday
7 p.m. - 3 a.m. Thursday
7 p.m. - 4 a.m. Friday - Saturday
Photos by Zach Behrens/LAist