It’s my new favorite spot in Huntington Beach. A little known cafe tucked in the refurbished shopping center on Beach at Atlanta, between a laundromat and a nail salon, near Las Barcas. I remember when it was called Mr. P’s and that was pretty cool for its time but that was before the Starbucks moved into the same center.
The place is called “Caffe Caldo,” and it’s got a European feel with its painted mural, incandescent lighting and wood bar. I am told it’s supposed to have a steampunk vibe but though the ambience is cozy and darkly lit, it surely does not invite a crowd that’s into steampunk. At least not in the mornings when I’ve been there. Still, it’s pretty cool, and like steampunk, it feels set a world apart – especially in this world of uniform-looking Starbucks coffee shops at every corner, in a city known for a surfer beachy vibe.
I’ve enjoyed their breakfast bites in the morning to go with my craft roasted local coffee. They also have changing weekly dinner menus for either family take-out or dine in.