In the Japanese food dreamland that is Sawtelle Blvd., you wouldn’t think a tiny coffee shop would be able to stand out amongst the heavy competition. But Coffee Tomo most certainly does. And that’s because of their fancy drip coffee and their giant soft pretzel - baked in-house every morning and stuffed with sweet potato and cheese (and sometimes jalapeños).
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No longer just a lowly service road off the 405, Sawtelle is one of the best streets for eating in Los Angeles.
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