One of my favorite places to eat in and around my neighborhood is a gourmet cafe & marketplace called Olive & Thyme in Toluca Lake. The decor is a cozy country chic, and while you are waiting for them to make up your oh so delightful eats you can shop the market for the best gourmet meats, cheese, and goods.
They also have coffee made from Intelligentsia beans and a to die for pastry case from Valerie Confections. (On Valentine's day I had the homemade pop tart- so yummy!)
The menu is filled with delights like (the best) open faced egg salad sandwich, short rib with horseradish creme fraiche & carmelized onion, and the B.A.T. (bacon, avacado, and heirloom tomato on sourdough). The deli case offers lasagna with bechamel, bacon & cheese macaroni, along with an array of fresh & inventive salads.
I'm dying to try out brunch (or friday night burger night). Maybe that's a plan for this weekend...I'll report back!