I ate here for years, but my recent visit after a few years away, was like going into a reality show designed to showcase how awful a coffee shop can be: got there at about 9 A.M., and asked for one of the booths (two were occupied) and was quickly admonished that they were trying to keep people at the counter. Then he relented and seated me. I ordered a waffle, eggs, and bacon, along with coffee. The eggs, bacon, and waffle were cold: the butter on the waffle just stood there in a chilled lump and NEVER melted. The ""eggs"" were a milk-diluted, rubbery ""thing,"" and the bacon fat was coagulated and cold. The coffee was not quite up to Winchell's quality. The tab, with taxes? $14+. What was really ironic was that, at the adjacent table, a group of waiters and staffers were holding a meeting and discussing everything BUT how to improve the food and service: blah-blah has a new tattoo; ""x"" is a b; she didn't look like she should serve here (the requirement is apparently many tatoos, disinterest in the customers and what they're served, and ceasless '""we heard this band that was really...last night and I'm So hung over"" commentary at waaaay too many decibels: you get to hear all their opinions, loudly and endlessly, while the food sits there, cold). Look: this place fails the most rudimentary requirements for basic food and service and is simply a retro look and b-flat food for spoiled white ""hipster"" adults who really never should have left Orange County. This is NOT what coffee shops used to ""be like""; this is what people with too much money and little taste do in lieu of a life on Saturday mornings. (Strangely, the coffee shop next to my girlfriend's storage area in Lancaster is both cheap and has terrific food.)
Cons: Little parking, indifferent staff, and cold waffles that won't melt butter: too hip!