Café du Soleil
I mentioned Café du Soleil in an earlier post, but I went back to try the food and do some work. It’s a nice little place–I’d like someone who’s actually been there to verify this, but I imagine it feels very much like a French neighborhood cafe. It’s very laid-back, very friendly, and very conducive to reading, conversation, and all the other things one should be able to do in a cafe. (And blogging–I’m sitting in Café du Soleil right now.) More on the food after the jump.
It’s tasty! The core of the menu is a collection of open-faced sandwiches ($8), served with greens. Choices include goat cheese and pesto; smoked salmon and crême fraiche; and hummus, avocado, and tomato. I had ham, Gruyère, and béchamel, and enjoyed it quite a bit. The salad’s generous loading of vinaigrette complemented the creamy cheese nicely, and the coffee (all organic, $1.30 small, $1.60 large) with which I washed it down was strong and smooth, in the best French tradition.
I flirted with posting this in our Best Bars series, but I decided it wasn’t barlike enough. Nonetheless, with thirteen beers on tap ($4.50/20 oz., $3.50/16 oz. during happy hour: 4-7pm Monday-Friday) and a dozen wines, the alcohol selection is quite good if you aren’t looking for spirits. I had a glass of sangria ($3.75) last night which was quite refreshing.
I don’t live close enough to Café du Soleil to become a true habitué, I think, but I’ll definitely be found here a few times this summer. I’ve got a PowerBook, a bunch of reading, and an appetite, and all three of these are good things to bring here.