Posted: Friday, June 12, 2015 12:15 am
By Kurt A. Eichsteadt
The Blackbird Café is all about accommodating its customers. “You can eat here every day and not get fat unless you want to,” owner Debbie Rosetti-Colacion said. “We cater to people who are vegan, vegetarian and carnivores.”
Since opening in August 2011, Rossetti-Colacion said they’ve been “dialing in” their operation. They’ve added an awning over the outdoor patio and also offer wine and beer, including low-alcohol versions of a Fresh Mango Mimosa and a Pomegranate Mimosa, $8 each.
“We want people to feel like it’s their place,” Rossetti-Colacion said. “Their neighborhood café for a good meal, reasonably priced.” Long Beach people love to go out for breakfast, especially on the weekends. The Blackbird Café on Orange does a big lunch business, but weekends are especially popular. If there’s a wait, people can walk around the neighborhood and the Blackbird folks will text them when their table is ready instead of carrying around one of those lighted pager-like gadgets.
Once you get in, it feels relaxed and homey. Blackbird Café is two rooms. On the left, is a conventional dining area. On the right, essentially you’re in the kitchen with tables as well as a long counter that faces right into the kitchen.
Striking local art is on the walls, with different artists rotating in and out.
About The Food
Currently, the Huevos Rancheros are the most popular item, even though it’s not on the regular menu: eggs, carnitas, crispy tortillas, spicy ranchero sauce with fresh cilantro.
Another item featured as a special (although it may become a permanent addition) is eggs benedict with Langoustines (the mini-lobsters) or Italian sausage.
Also very popular is the Dos Caballeros ($8.95), which replaces English Muffins with corn sopas topped with poached eggs, spicy soy chorizo topped with spicy hollandaise, tomato and cilantro.
If you’re looking for the basics, it’s bacon and eggs, with a choice of sides like fruit, beans, hash browns or cottage cheese and bread toast or tortillas, all for just $6.95.
They didn’t forget lunch, with half the menu taken up with soups, salads (fresh strawberries and baby spinach, feta cheese, $8.95) and wraps including a vegetarian option with the spicy tofu, soy chorizo and more in a sundried tomato tortilla.
Desserts come from Jackie’s Bakery in L.A. and rotate in and out. On a recent visit, the blackboard menu listed Banana Cake, Chocolate Ding-Dings, Miniature Coconut Cakes and Strawberry Cake.
In addition to the cocktails mentioned earlier, there are wines by the glass and a unique collection of coffee drinks like the Mexican Mocha ($4.95), which is spiced chocolate with espresso.
The kids’ menu includes many items starting around $5 such as some old favorites like PB&J and Grilled Cheese. The breakfast burrito is popular for the young folks.
“It’s real food for real people,” Rosetti-Colacion pointed out. “No fried chicken fingers.”
You can get started with oatmeal for just $2.75.
Important To Know
“We’re very happy to accommodate people with special requests,” Rosetti-Colacion said. “They won’t be disappointed.”
The Blackbird Cafe: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; catering also available; 3405 Orange Ave.; (562) 490-2473 or 490-BIRD.