Café Röckenwagner

Like a Röck

A Wilshire Café with... Giant Pretzels

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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All this time you’ve been doing it wrong.

Coffee and danish.

Coffee and donut.

Yet you never really stopped to think about coffee and soft German pretzel.

Willkommen to Café Röckenwagner, a new Wilshire-adjacent spot from Hans Röckenwagner (he of pretzel burger fame) that’s got a few radical ideas about what constitutes a café menu, opening Monday in Brentwood.

It’s a sliver of a modern diner, with bright-orange chairs, white tiles and wraparound windows that overlook Wilshire. Lot of traffic out there. Lot of Stumptown and salt-studded soft pretzels in here. Advantage: in here.

Anyway, you’re coming for... pretty much anything. It’s a café. Daytime: baked goods and caffeinated beverages. Lunchtime: fried chicken and IPAs. Evening... time: a french-toast-looking concoction that’s got bacon, a fried egg, peppers and jalapeño-maple syrup. So it’s kind of like breakfast for dinner. Kind of.

Also in the evening, that diner counter near the back morphs into something resembling a bar. They don’t have a full liquor license yet, but they’re making do for now with a selection of beer, wine and sake cocktails.

There’s some problem solving you can appreciate.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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