Best Coffee House, West Valley - 2009
Appearances, as they say, can be deceiving. For proof, look no further than Cabin Coffee. Before walking into this north Glendale java place, we expected the usual coffeehouse decor pastiche of leather easy chairs and faux cherrywood furniture, with maybe even a few Ansel Adams framed photos hanging on the wall for good measure. Boy, were we mistaken. As its rugged-sounding moniker portends, the interior resembles a rustic mountain lodge, complete with a fireplace, actual logs, and mounted deer heads. (It's quite a difference from the taupe-drenched, desert-landscaped Fry's strip mall that houses this demitasse den.) Mercifully, you won't have to choke down a tin cup of muddy, foul-tasting cowboy coffee, like you'd get at your family's cabin. Instead, the myriad espressos and cappuccinos are presented in artful — even elegant — fashion (their baristas actually won awards for their joe-making skills). More than a dozen varieties of beans are ground hourly, with just as many brands of teas also served. The standard selection of iced and blended beverages is also available for purchase.