Bakeries >Auntie Em's Kitchen
4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004134.127683 -118.217227
Restaurant hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 7pm; Sat, Sun, 8am - 4pm. Cheese shop hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 7pm; Sat, Sun, 8am - 4pm
Neighborhoods: East LA, Eagle Rock
No surprise that a restaurant with a nostalgic name like this rocks in the comfort food department, including eggs and biscuits, meatloaf and, of course, cupcakes.
There's usually a long wait on weekends, so skip the lines and get their baked goods to go. The coffee cake was a heaping portion of deliciousness.
Long lines mean nothing - cleanliness is key – Having a job in the entertainment industry, I am always looking for a great place to buy treats for the people I work with. I had heard many great things about Auntie Ems and was eager to bring their cupcakes and cookies into a studio meeting I had coming up. On the day of my meeting I went by Auntie Em's to pick up the goodies I had heard so much about. The line was nice and long and out the door. I waited patiently, noticing firemen and policemen having lunch outdoors. Once I entered the place I noticed there were a few flies inside. Flies fly around - there's a door - it happens. I was able to look past that only because I was in line and I was not sitting and swatting, like some people I noticed. As I got closer to the counter I got a better look of the open kitchen. My stomach turned a bit to see someone (who was slicing meat for a sandwich) scratch their face and then touch the food. At that point the food in the display case now looked inedible and I was no longer interested, so I left with nothing.
AUNTIE EM' FALLEN FROM THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD – One star is too high a rating for the ne Auntie Em's Kitchen. Once the biggest, and best, little known secret in Eagle Rock has fallen to the food network "chique" attitude. Virtually overnight they have changed their image and lost their personality and customers. Their usual Friday lunch "standing room only for a table" and "to go" was empty. Once customers drove up and spotted the once slatted tables and eclectic outdoor seating replaced with flowing white table coverings and black linen napkins, well they just kept driving. Many of the staff have been replaced with cold, non-friendly "cheffy" types, many now wearing pressed white "chef" jackets with matching decorum. The laughing fun crowd and staff are gone. No matter what the reason, this is one reviewer that will not return. Once a Gold Mine has been transformed to fools gold and the yellow brick road has been permanently tarnished.
Good velvet cupcakes, but their employees (cooks too) are a cast of long-haired bohemians w/o hairnets. – Food is decent. The same can be said for the customer service. This is just a trendy spot for now and that reason alone they thrive. However, I found it appalling that none of the employees there (of whom all appeared related) wear hairnets over their long, greasy, red flowing locks. Especially the males with thinning hair! My cupcake was hair-free though and tasty to boot, so 3 stars it is.
Horrible Service – I've been here several times, and have to admit that the food is not bad, however after this past weekend I will not be returning to Auntie Em's. After waiting in line for close to an hour, (we were told there would be a 15 to 20 minute wait), they gave someone else my seats. I had heard my name called and when I approached the server I was told that they must have accidentally sat someone else in my seat. I was then told I'd just have to wait. Great job Auntie Em's, you lost a potentially long term customer, and a very large catering account!
Loved it, loved it, loved it! – I had heard about Auntie Em's from several friends, so Sunday, my husband and I took a trip to Eagle Rock from Malibu. It was so great! We sat out front and enjoyed the sun. Our server was super friendly and accomodating. I had an excellent tomato/avocado breakfast sandwich, and my husband had the french toast, which he loved.
And, of course we took some cupcakes to go! I had a red velvet. I noticed some bits of batter that seem to have congealed (sp?) and were hard, but other than that, it was delicious. My husband had the chocolate and couldn't stop raving.
Great job, Em's! We will definitely be back soon!
Don't waist your time or money – I heard about this place through a friend, so I went there to buy some cupcakes. I called ahead of time to make sure they had "cupcake minis" and they did but she didn't want to put 30 on hold for me and gave me attitude -it's not what you say it's how you say it. Anyways I get there the place is small looks dirty and the kitchen is a total mess and NOBODY wears hair nets and from standing there 5 minutes I saw....ewwwwe you don't want to know. And the cupcakes aren't that good anyways.
Best cupcake, nuff said! – This is the mother of cupcakes. It is generous, it is meaningful. It is the reason why I , a single female have breakfast there with all those mothers and their crying babies and large strollers. I don't care, the cupcakes rule!
Over the top, but average – Friends and television have been raving about the cupcakes at Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock lately, so I decided to give them a try. You'd think, living only a few blocks from the place, I would have tried it before...but this past Monday was the first time. We brought home chocolate cupcakes in the "regular" (read as humongous) size, and a couple of the others in the mini size. My niece and I split a chocolate one, and my half was so top heavy with frosting that it immediately plopped over onto its side. These treats are literally 1/2 cake and 1/2 frosting. The frosting was sweet but not overly so. The cake itself though, was very dry. I have to say I was disappointed in my chocolate cupcake. Thinking, it was probably a fluke, I decided to try one of the mini red-velvet cupcakes. I really enjoyed the frosting on this little tidbit, but again...my cake was dry. Maybe I'll try it again...but I have to say that at this point, I much prefer the cupcakes from Sprinkles.
Red Velvet Rave – & I won't stop there! I had the pleasure of spending yesterday afternoon enjoying the treats at Auntie Em's. The red velvet cake is divine - even after sitting in the fridge overnight, the cake remained moist, delicious and just as tasty as it did the day before. The carrot cake was equally as moist and delicious the second day. I can't say enough good things about this place. The staff were incredibly friendly - watching everyone pitch in to help out with the red velvet cupcakes was a sight to behold! I watched a team at work - doing their best to meet the demands of hungry customers.
I'm way over on the west side of town and if ever I find myself suffering from a red velvet cake craving, I will, without a doubt, head on over to the east side for those tasty treats. OH! and the sandwiches are great too, as are the cookies and the soup and the...you get the idea. This place is great.
Best Red Velvet Cupcakes!! – I love this place. The service isn't fast but I don't expect it to be and the staff has always been very nice. Are all the complainers applebees fans? This is a real neighborhood joint people-relax! I love the utensils on the table and if I see a dirty table I want to sit at I just call someone over to clean it up, no big deal.
The open faced breakfast sandwiches are great-the eggs are always fluffy and hot enough to melt the gruyere cheese. (they have one w/asparagus that rocks but I can't remember what it's called) One thing I can't stand is cold breakfast sandwiches! For lunch I usually have the Avoc., sprouts & cucumber sandwich with their lemonade and I can't leave w/out the red velvet cupcake. The others are good to OK but the red velvet is actually something special.
The food isn't cheap but the portions are so big that I always have enough to share. Great seasonal food and relaxed neighborhood atmosphere-I love being at this place!
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