Saturday, October 22, 2016

A veggie stack that satisfies now serving in Cypress Park

Cypress Park, restaurants, sandwiches, NELA

The veggie sandwich at Antigua Coffee House | Valentina Silva

By Valentina Silva

Cypress Park’s Antigua Coffee House, with its friendly, familiar vibe, vibrant decor and strong brew, is an easy place to love. Owner Yancey Quiñones treats every customer like he’s known them forever, setting a communal tone for the daily crowd of laptop-pounding and just-hanging patrons, which makes this cozy space so welcoming and without the attitude that ruins many a coffee house in Los Angeles. It’s one of Northeast L.A.’s sweetest spots.

But, it’s not just the atmosphere that lures me to Antigua, or even the Mayan Mocha Latte. It’s the Vegetarian Sandwich. Stacked sky-high with thick slices of cucumber, raw zucchini, tomato, onion and avocado, it’s almost too big to bite. I look past that slight inconvenience, though, because on top of all of those vegetables is a strip of green chile, which adds a cheeky Latino twist that sets it apart from the average veggie sandwich. The bread is a simple sliced whole wheat, generously spread with chipotle dressing, so it ends on a smoky, spicy note. Did I mention the provolone cheese?

If you like your sandwiches paired with a good cup of coffee, you won’t be disappointed. The coffee here is sourced from Quiñones’ family’s coffee plantation in Guatemala, which dates back to the late 1800s. The result is a particularly good iced Americano and perfect Cafe con Ché (coffee, steamed milk and cinnamon). If coffee isn’t your thing, the Xol Maya, an icy orange citrus drink blended with vanilla, is a neighborhood favorite.


Antigua Coffee House
3400 N Figueroa Street

Valentina Silva writes about food and restaurants. You can also find Valentina’s reviews and stories on her blog, Eastside Food Bites.

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  1. Can someone tell me me once and for all if they’re related to (the rather lackluster) Antigua Bread in Highland Park? I’ve avoided this place because I always assumed they were the same.

    • I just called Antigua Bread because I was curious, too, and was told there is no connection between the two places.

      • Whoa rad! I will go check this place out tomorrow! Had always avoided it as well cuz I thought it was the same as the Highland Park one, which I don’t think is the worst, just nothing special.

    • Here’s what I have gathered about multiple Antiguas:

      Yancy opened Antigua Coffee in El Sereno. He lost his lease/closed up shop in the mid-2000’s and started working on his Cypress Park location.

      A Guatemalan family opened Antigua Bread in Highland Park around 2007 (?). They later opened a branch in El Sereno.

      Yancy re-opened Antigua Coffee around 2007-2008.

      From 2007 on, confusion has reigned.

      Why the name Antigua? It’s the name of a famous coffee growing region in the country.

      If you are able to tell which cafe is which you can consider yourself a native of NELA’s future.

  2. Antigua is great! The coffee and sandwiches are excellent, and Yancey is super friendly. No attitude here!

  3. One of the Antiguas should rename itself to Barbuda.

  4. Have you seen his yelp reviews? The bad ones are HiLARIOUS mainly because of the replies from the shop owner! Should totally go up on reddit. Just moved to Cypress Park and loving it so far!


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