Local cafe leaves lukewarm results

selections—A sesame seed bagel with tomato, cream cheese and onion and a turkey sandwich with cheese and sundried tomato from Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea.CN/ALEJANDRA CARRILLO
SELECTIONS—A sesame seed bagel with tomato, cream cheese and onion and a turkey sandwich with cheese and sun dried tomato from Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea.CN/ALEJANDRA CARRILLO

By Alejandra Carrillo

Just a five-minute drive from East Los Angeles College, Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea will give customers an old school, traditional experience.

This cafe has a calm, relaxing environment created by the soothing sound of a fountain located on the outside patio.

The indoor walls are decorated with paintings and Day of the Dead paraphernalia.

While the space itself is a sight to see, the blends they offer are even more satisfying. The cafe offers a variety of drinks such as cafe de olla, espressos, ice blends, teas, cappuccinos and smoothies.

The orange julius, which is like a smoothie, has a nice kick and zesty taste. The added whipped cream enhanced the flavor of the orange without making it too sweet.

The cafe has gluten-free/diabetic friendly pastries such as cookies made by Brown Box Bakery, guava cheesecake from Aguila Bakery and coffee cake by the Homeboy Café.

Holy Grounds makes its own sandwiches, salads, wraps and bagels.

The food on the menu is subject to change without notice in order to rotate items.

The weekend special,  a sesame seed bagel with tomato, cream cheese and onion; is like any other bagel you can make at home. The same can be said about the turkey sandwich with cheese and sun-dried tomato. The prices for food range from $2 to $6.99.

The environment and the great taste of the iced coffee would have led one to believe that their food would be more appetizing.

Other than the bland food, the cafe has great and friendly customer service, but could use more baristas behind the counter to speed up the line.

Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea is located 5371 Alhambra Avenue, Los Angeles. It’s open Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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