We've told you about the Complex staff's favorite places, now it's time to learn about the spots that Complex's favorite celebs frequent. This week, we talk to Nate Corddry, who stars in Yogi Bear, out today.
"Coffee shops are everywhere, especially in Los Angeles, chock full of sad sacks desperate to make sure their screenplays make it into the right hands...or any hands, for that matter. The one thing that makes a coffee shop truly great, though, is charm. Simple enough, yes? Wrong. It's near to impossible to get just right, but the husband and wife team that run the espresso show over at Cafe de Leche in Eagle Rock have managed to blend the perfect caffeine cocktail in the perfect setting. Plenty of tables and free wi-fi bring the students from Occidental, but it's the genius of the wi-fi being shut down on the weekends that provides the elusive charm. Without the wi-fi, it's a place to just go and relax on a Saturday, read the paper, catch up with an old friend, and not worry about being dressed appropriately, which is my issue with the East Side leader in coffee, Intelligensia. Come on, man. Take off that fucking hat.
"Cafe de Leche has great espresso, buttered croissants, and a complete lack of pretension. Maybe that's because it's located in Eagle Rock, where hipsters go to get some more space, have a family, and wear jeans that fit. The "play area" in the rear of the place, for little ones, would have been a deal breaker for me 10 years ago, but alas, we all get old(er).
"When I want an iced mocha served with an unpretentious smile, this is where I go. So if you find yourself in Eagle Rock, wondering what the fuss is all about, stumble down York and get yourself a chai...and keep your Great American Indie Screenplay at home. Don't ruin it for me, okay? 'Preciate it."
Cafe de Leche
5000 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, Calif.
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