Gregg Hunter’s Newspace

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There’s been a flurry of intriguing, independently owned restaurant arrivals of late. Add Kokomo café entrepreneur Alfredo Diaz to the venturesome list with his recently launched K2 at the former Sunset Junction Eatwell location, 3926 W. Sunset Blvd. down the thriving block from the extravagant Intelligentsia Coffee emporium in Silver Lake.

Currently a daytime 8 ’til 5 place trafficking in healthful, tasty modern American grub with a hint of Bayou flavor, K2’s star attraction is La. Catfish coated with cornmeal and cayenne pepper, fried with no lingering trace of cooking oil and served all day with eggs cooked to order or on a giant sandwich bun with choice of (scalding) hot soup or fried sweet potatoes.

Spiffy grey and white décor with a splash of purple, the indoor-outdoor facility is clean and inviting, the servers are friendly and prompt the menu of salads, sandwiches and breakfast dishes is well planned, and sensibly priced but the street parking can be daunting.

To pay or not to pay the premium price for allegedly more healthful organic products? The debate goes on. At the unique Coral Tree Café, organic foods have been the key to success. Breakfast with organic bacon and eggs is served until 3 p.m.

Organically yours, the dinner menu features organic salmon plates and organic chicken skewers. Consistency is the rule at the attractively maintained Coral Tree Café, 17499 Ventura Blvd. between White Oak Ave. & Louise Ave. in Encino.

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