Relationships that start in coffee shops are typically of the match.com variety, partly because the locale's low commitment, and partly because some women fear that if the first date involves drinking, they'll have sex with someone who's a horrible match.com. Now, a caffeine-initiated business relationship's ready to go all the way, at La Playa Bistro.
The owners of Playa met in one's coffee shop, brainstormed about joining forces on a restaurant, and two years later have made it a reality in a classy Point Loma corner spot with huge fold-away windows, a granite-topped bar with a custom seashell/starfish/beach-glass inlaid cement base, and an imposing above-bar wine/TV rack -- so the only two things that make life worth living can bunk up, fall in love, and leave you. The new American menu wakes up early with offerings ranging from omelets (the Portugale: linguica, roasted tomatoes, basil, carmelized onion, manchego), to Crab Cake Benedict, to wraps including the fresh greens/cucumber/dried cranberry "Spicy Tombo", tombo being how Hawaiians refer to albacore, which sucks for that Madison Avenue ad firm that centered its Honolulu campaign on the tagline "Alba-more!". For the day's 2nd and 3rd most important meals, there's the Lamb Burger (w/ gorgonzola, bacon & caramelized onions), the three-cheese/penne LPb Mac & Cheese, and locally sourced mussels & clams braised in a stout from Mad River, who's just pissed at the clams' insufferable happiness
For hydration purposes, Playa runs a 3-6pm daily happy hour ($4 select wines, $3.50 drafts), and always offers 29 wines by the glass, 20 bottled brews from Peroni to big-bottled Maredsous, and a quartet of revolving taps which, in addition to Mad River, are currently pouring out Stone IPA, Mamma's Little Yella Pils, and Australia's Coopers Sparkling Ale -- sample them all, and the one thing you'll be able to commit to is a crapload of coffee the next morning.