Café du Soleil

Cafe 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.

Ham, Gruyère, and béchamel sandwich, Café du Soliel

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.

Interior, Café du Soleil

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.

4 Comments so far

  1. anna (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 11:58 pm

    How weird! This was the old spanish bar place, Movida, then before that it was a biker bar. now, a cool french cafe. All in the span of a few short yearse. I hope they break the curse, is all I can say. How can Them Phanoum be so popular and successful for so long, and a business site across the street languish in obscuirity and bad crime for, what, 7 years? Amazing.

  2. Adam (unregistered) on May 27th, 2006 @ 2:33 am

    Hm! Well, nobody ever said the restaurant business was easy . . . :-)

    I expect they’ll be around for the long haul–they were doing a pretty good business Thursday night and Friday afternoon, and it looks like the sort of place that would draw a following.

  3. Lauren (unregistered) on May 27th, 2006 @ 8:07 pm

    Normen took me here one Friday morning on our way to work, and I loved the place…and almost blogged about it. (Although I did Yelp and Flickr the place!) So I am glad that you wrote a metblog post about it!

    I was there for a late breakfast, so I can say that the espresso was quite tasty, and organic at that. Plus the pastries were nice and delicate and not too huge and sweet. The decor is so pretty and I loved sitting out on the sidewalk on a sunny morning. I’ll definitely be back…if I can remember where it is…

  4. SEAN (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 10:46 am

    Movida did booming business as well pretty much. But I heard that was partly its downfall. Apparently the dirt was the neighbors weren’t loving the late night noise and chat-fests outside the bar. Typical reaction: move to a funky neighborhood because of all the great nightlife. Then, once there, start squashing it all.

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