Wednesday, October 31, 2007

EAT: Beantown Coffee Bar

I hopped on the bike this afternoon and rode east along Sierra Madre Boulevard, a rather picturesque and surprisingly serene major artery running along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, until I arrived at Beantown Coffee Bar in the heart of Sierra Madre. The coffee shop is in a very charming and quaint part of town that is very reminiscent of Montrose Village, north of Glendale.

After all the huffing and puffing on the bike, I ordered a refreshing tropical iced tea (brewed in-house) and a chocolate chip pecan cookie. As I enjoyed my well-deserved refreshments, I admired the interior decor: the exposed brick wall and the mismatching furniture and the plush comfy-looking sofa chairs in the center of the shop. The whole place just exuded coziness.

However, one thing that did mar the ambiance was the annoying music. It was mostly horrible and tasteless pop music from the 80s and 90s. Perhaps the music selection changes from day to day (let's hope).

Beantown also offers sandwiches, salads, and soups in addition to drinks and pastries. On the weekends, live music can be heard in the evening and there is no cover charge (check their online calendar). I think the next time I'll try to catch a live show.

Beantown Coffee Bar
45 N. Baldwin Ave.
Sierra Madre, CA
Open everyday

::4.5 stars::