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Stories Books & Cafe here in Echo Park got a great shout-out in the LA Times online today. The article features the cute bookstore as the “Bookstore of the Week.”

We love Stories for the $5 Mac ‘n Cheese Mondays, the free wi-fi, and its close proximity to a coin laundro-mat as well as 826LA.

Why do you go (or not…) to Stories?

Click here for the full story at LATimes.com

HOMO CENTRIC – A May Old Time!

Thursday, May 20

A literary evening /reading for the GBLT set; this month featuring a lesbian comic, a former priest & everyone in-between. Yes, really. In-between. See, the funny lady goes 1st, the formerly frocked fellow is last & 3 other equally talented writers are between them (it’s an alphabet thing)-Like a big homo-Oreo! Be a smart cookie & join us. – Stories Email Blast

Stories Books and Café
1716 Sunset Blvd

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Downbeat Café
1202 N. Alvarado Street
(213) 483-3955

Monday – Friday: 7:00 am -9:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am -10:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Menu and prices subject to change.

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Stories Bookstore and Cafe on Sunset has a lot going on this month. For those of you who have not ventured inside, there is an outdoor area in back for relaxing and they have wireless internet. See the Stories menu posted here.

Mac n’ Cheese Mondays:
Between 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, get an indulgent order of macaroni & cheese and green salad for $5.00!

Friday, March 12:
A special patio performance from Boy Scout Jamboree, the acoustic-ish country-ish alter ego of Spindrift – LA’s hip version of psych rock meets Morricone.

Stories Books and Cafe is located at 1716 Sunset Blvd. You can check out their website by clicking here.

Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 pm
HOMO-CENTRIC” Curated by Hank Henderson
Featuring: Daniel Foster, Paloma Parfrey, Sage, Steven Tagleand more to be announced!

Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 pm:
H.I.P., Hollywood Institute of Poetics presents  Moe Green Poetry Show reading panel discussion On Poetry in the Prison System. Hosted by Rafael F J Alvarado, panel moderator to be announced.

Robert Juarez, Hugo Machuca, Luis Javier Rodriguez, Hannah Wehr

Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 pm:
Signing and party of “Ripe” by Arthur Allen. For the millions of food lovers who are tomato-obsessed, Ripe, reveals the fascinating story behind the fruit, its farmers and its fans around the world.


Every 2nd & 4th Monday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:
An astrological salon with Malcolm Schenot – learn what the stars and moons and your birthday all mean!

Every Wednesday at 4:30 pm:
StoryTimeFunLand kids’ party train meets every Weds on the Stories patio! Songs, stories and a little sunshine for the kids. Café discounts during STFL.  StoryTimeFunLand now also has a CD, “Welcome”, with their hit song “Sea Monkey Shake.”

Every Thursday at 5:00 pm:
Tarot card reading on the patio with Marcela; $20.00 for a reading.

Every Friday at 7:00 pm:
Friday Night Knits: Tina Marin and Michelle Tritten host a non pressure “stitch & bitch.” Bring your knitting, get some coffee and knit one/ purl two.  For those of you who know your way with yarn and for those of you who end up in knots.

Stories Books and Cafe is located at 1716 Sunset Blvd. You can also check out their website by clicking here.

I’m going to start posting some local menus for those of you who have yet to try certain local eateries.

Stories Bookstore and Cafe:


  • Yogurt & granola – $4.50
  • Yogurt, granola, & fresh fruit – $5.50
  • Oatmeal with brown sugar, dried cranberries & butter – $3.50
  • Baked egg with fresh herbs – $4.25
  • *with cheese & tomatoes add $1.00
  • Sliced baguette with home-made jams & butter – $4.50
  • Bagel with cream cheese – $2.00
  • Bagel with peanut butter & jelly – $2.00
  • Bagel with jelly & butter – $2.00
  • Side of seasonal fruit – $3.50
  • Whole fruit – $1.00
  • Brioche toast with butter – $2.00
  • Muffins – $2.00

SANDWICHES – $7.95 served with herb green salad, *with veggie chili or soup add $1.00

  • Turkey, pesto, sundried tomatoes & swiss cheese on toasted walnut raisin bread
  • Tuna with dill on toasted rye bread
  • Caprese sandwich with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes & fresh basil on toasted baguette
  • Salami with cheddar cheese & Dijon mustard on baguette
  • Grilled cheese sandwich on brioche
  • Roasted cucumber, hummus on toasted baguette

PLATES $7.25

  • Dry salami, assorted cheeses, grapes, greens & sliced baguette
  • Hummus, feta cheese, roasted bell peppers with pita bread
  • Crostinis with herb goat cheese & greens

Veggie chili with a rosemary garlic roll – $3.95 cup $5.95 bowl
Hummus & pita bread – $3.95
Herb cous cous -$3.95

SALADS – $6.95 served with a rosemary garlic roll

  • Fresh herbs & greens with lemon vinaigrette
  • Spinach with feta cheese, tomatoes, walnuts & balsamic vinaigrette
  • Ginger chick peas on mixed greens
  • Greek salad with romaine lettuce, feta cheese, tomatoes & cucumber


  • Brownies: Walnut brownies, Blondies or Raspberry brownies $3.00
  • Classic Cookies: Chocolate chip, Peanut butter or Oatmeal raisin – $1.75
  • Hazelnut or Cinnamon biscotti $1.00 or 2 for $1.50


  • Bagel only -$1.25
  • Bagel with cream cheese – $2.00
  • Bagel with peanut butter & jelly – $2.00
  • Bagel with jelly & butter – $2.00
  • Bagel with hummus – $2.00
  • Bagel with avocado, tomato & onion $4.95 *with hummus add $1.00


  • Latte – $3.50
  • Cappuccino – $3.00
  • Mocha – $4.00
  • Espresso – $2.00
  • Americano – $2.50
  • Small Drip Coffee – $1.75
  • Large Drip Coffee – $2.50
  • Iced Tea – $1.75
  • Lemonade with chopped mint – $1.75
  • Hot Tea – $2.00
  • IBC Root beer – $1.50
  • Bottled water – $1.00
  • Pellegrino – $1.50
  • Lemonatta – $1.50
  • Blood Orange – $2.25

open at 8:30am Mon – Fri
(please enter through the back alley)

Mon – Thur 10:30am – 9pm
Fri & Sat 10:30am – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 7pm

(213) 413-3733