Bridging East and West is no easy feat, but FrankieLucy Bakeshop is a Silver Lake mash-up. Creme Caramel L.A. co-owners Kristine de la Cruz and Sean Gilleland and Found Coffee founder Annie Choi met in the middle. A wood panel menu and glass cases display colorful Filipino custards, squares, and baked goods, which guests enjoy at sidewalk tables and on benches. FrankieLucy also features one of L.A.’s best specialty beverage selections.
I was particularly impressed with their Dirty Ube Horchata ($6.75), another mash-up, in this case fusing Mexican and Filipino flavors. Horchata, the Mexican rice milk drink, this time loops in almond milk, coconut milk and rice milk. The sweet, nutty concoction is stained purple with earthy purple yam extract and served over ice with a dusting of cinnamon. Make it “dirty” with a double shot of Demitasse espresso to score a bitter element and caffeine kick. Of course, nobody will fault you if you want to keep your ube horchata “clean.”