Best Cafe in a Bookstore, August 2010

If you’re looking for a bookshop that also serves victuals cooked on a stove, Stories your only option in L.A. The food itself, fortunately, is terrific. Vegetarian chili is tomato-y, hearty, and unspicy, served with toasted baguette slices drizzled with olive oil. A mini tomato and goat cheese frittata is almost too cute to eat. The setting—four tables around a kitchen in back, another handful up front, and a patio lined on one side with potted plants—feels as quirky as the bound inventory, some of which is categorized under the heading “Drugs, Prisons, and Economics.”