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100 short reviews. Brainwash Cafe, Cafe Bastille, Cafe de la Presse, Cafe Monk

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100 short reviews. Brainwash Cafe, Cafe Bastille, Cafe de la Presse, Cafe Monk

Paul H | May 11, 2003 07:51 PM

Brainwash Café and Laundromat - Yes Grandma, I had breakfast in this café, sipping caffe latte while I listened to grunge rock, and tumble-dried my Levis. Food isn't bad. People watching is good. No recommendation.

Café Bastille - Located in Belden Place, the home of Plouf, B44 and other sidewalf cafes, the menu is solid French Bistro food. Nothing to write home about, and not worth a special trip, but there is nothing wrong here either. A fun summer activity is working your way through all of the choices in this European-like alley. Recommended.

Café de la Presse - A newsstand/cafe catering to Europeans at the corner of Grant and Bush across the street from the French Consulate General's office. As you sit here eating, perhaps, Moule Frites (which Google translates as "mold chips") and watching people stroll through the ornate gates to Chinatown, you realize you aren't in Kansas anymore. Not the best French Bistro food in the city, but the atmosphere can't be beat, and the menu is pure bistro comfort food. Recommended.

Café Monk - A child of the dot-com bubble, now closed. Near the end, the food was pretty good. I remember a rack of lamb done to perfection. According to the still-functioning website, "Monk has gone into temporary hibernation while it waits for the neighborhood to pull itself together." and "Our exciting next iteration of the Monk Menu depends on respecting the diets of the Monks of Asia. Expect this when we reopen." Does this mean vegetarian? (Monk resurrection watch at: http://www.cafemonk.com) No recommendation.

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