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the popular Crenshaw Cowboy fried chicken biscuit sandwich
mid city americana

indulge in

We are an elevated fast-casual creative cafe, with food made from the heart for the community. Mid City Americana is a blend of California's farm-to-table ethos and the multi-cultural story of Los Angeles, with a contemporary twist. We keep it simple. All our ingredients are fresh, house-made and locally sourced. Each dish is visually stunning, delicious and satisfyingly familiar.

Join us for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy classic espresso drinks, international coffees, mushroom elixirs, beer, wine and fresh pastries baked daily. 


a place where creativity and community meet

We are redefining social space through cuisine, live performances, and artistic play. Re/creation is the idea that we recreate ourselves through play. Our mission is to build a healthier, happier, better connected community through creative social experiences that you won't find anywhere else.  Whether it be Paint Social, game night, yoga, salsa or movement workshops, Re/creation is a place to play, create and inspire.  Our motto is to always "keep playing."

paint social at Re/creation Cafe
Free live music every Saturday Night
live music, weekly


Join us for amazing free live music every Saturday night. We source a wide range of sounds, from soul, funk, rock, jazz, r&b and latin, to country, world music, folk, and so much more. All of our acts are multi-instrumental live performances.  Music is the core of culture and it is our mission to bring people together through incredible live performances which move and define us. 

View our calendar of events for upcoming shows by clicking the link below.

"recreating" through play

recreation is...

the quote that inspired re/creation cafe:

"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing.
To himself, he always appears to be doing both."

L. P. Jacks
photos from the journey
how we play
is how we learn

From the moment of birth we discover much of what we know about the world through play. It's the way we forge relationships, test our boundaries and learn to recreate ourselves through the power of imagination.  

Life is a constant process of recreating ourselves and the more we play, the better we get at it. This process doesn't stop as we grow older. In fact, the older we get the more essential play becomes in mastering the art of living. Seeing the need for more spaces for people to share creative play, I decided that my purpose in life is to keep playing and to create experiences that will allow others to do the same. My work became my play and, after producing hundreds of events, I decided it was time to use my passion to build something that could be a place for everybody. And so, I did - introducing: re/creation cafe.​

principles of "play"

creativity, movement, music 


Any practice that incorporates one of these principles is essential to one's personal growth, physical health and mental wellness. Whether it be art, dance, yoga or music, Re/creation is a place to play, create and inspire. It's a place to try something new; to connect with people of all ages and of all walks of life; to become a master of play. 

acro yoga at plat

keep playing

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