For 20 years and counting, Java Man has been a popular spot for South Bay locals to enjoy coffee, homemade soups and sandwiches, and breakfast entrees. The coffee shop has comfortable seating for catching up with friends or getting work done out of the office. The gentlemen behind the counter are always welcoming and accommodating, and the outdoor seating along Pier Ave. is always full of sun catchers. And they make a fine cup of coffee.
157 Pier Ave, HB. 310-379-7209. www.javamancoffeehouse.com
Runner-up: Catalina Coffee Company, 126 N Catalina Ave, RB. 310-318-2499. www.catalinacoffee.com