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Saturday, October 1, 2016


A stunning rehab of a century old Arts & Crafts era bungalow in historic North Park is now a cozy coffee house.  Located on hipster avenue (AKA 30th Street), the transformation from residence to retailer is in keeping with the look and history of the area.
The inside of Torque Moto Café is cozy and clean (minimalist).  Coffee beans it serves come another North Park icon coffee establishment: Coffee & Tea Collective on El Cajon Blvd.  Its menu has some creativity featuring items inspired by Brazilian friends of the establishment.  So, you won’t see many of its cuisine items all over town.  The menu is big ranging from quiche to casaba (try it).  Desserts, include ices, gelato and ice cream plus a nice selection of pastries. 

Manager Noel points out Torque Moto Café is still on its shake down cruise as it opened on September 12.  Had me fooled.  The place came off like it has been there for years.
            She mentioned the name comes from the design theme of the place: motor bikes.  They had to call it something.
            Being midway from University and Upas on 30th street there is more parking on the street (as of right now—things can change).
            It’s catty corner away from St. Patrick’s Church, 30th and Dwight and not far from the historic heart of craftsman bungalows that have made North Park an architectural jewel.
            They open reasonably early and if you schedule a meeting there’s a small room off the front door that’s perfect for brainstorming.
            Torque Moto Café has its own look and plenty of seating indoors and out.  Patio area outside reminds me of the coffee house on Cass Street in Pacific Beach or Krakatoa in Golden Hill.
            And, my double shot latte (in a real cup) was just fine.  And, the inside air conditioning saved my fresh chocolate croissant (the one with my name on it)—even if it was that 100 degree day outside.

Mon   7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue     7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed    7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu    7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri      7:00 am - 10:00 pm         
Sat      7:00 am - 10:00 pm         
Sun     7:00 am - 7:00 pm

30th & Dwight, North Park


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