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A Patty at Sunset Junction Coffee Shop

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No coffee here.

When a place calls itself Sunset Junction Coffee Shop, there is an expectation that it will be a…well…coffee shop. But when the place is over on LA’s hipsterville Silverlake, all rules of normal society are thrown out the window. Rather than a local Starbucks, Sunset Junction Coffee Shop is more like an upscale diner; with booth, shiny white tables and menu to match. But unlike most diners, the menu doesn’t read like a book and was mostly dominated with sandwiches and salads.

I decided to go with their Patty Melt, which came on grilled rye, with Swiss cheese, grilled onions and 1000 Island dressing. Per my life choices, I ordered without the onions and asked for the burger to be cooked medium rare while crossing my fingers that the 1000 Island wouldn’t be filled with bits of pickle. It came with a choice of fries, tots or mixed greens and I went for the tots.

It came out looking like a beauty, with a perfectly pink patty and nicely toasted bread. The cheese was nice and gooey, but I could tell that the dressing had let me down. Bits of pickle could be seen everywhere and even scraping them away didn’t quite do the job. This was upsetting because the patty was actually damn good and although the bread could have been a bit heartier, it did a pretty good job of keeping things real.

I’d get the patty melt again, but I sure as Hell won’t order it with the 1000 Island dressing.