Just had lunch at the Black Cat Cafe in the Elvas Center at 56th St. and H. They moved to their new location from J Street last month, to improve the parking situation and to serve beer and wine. I only stopped in for coffee at the other location so don't know if the food has changed at all. The cafe serves a variety of crepes, both savory and dessert, and panini.
I had the Palagi crepe, filled with chicken, pesto, roasted red peppers, goat cheese and Marsala mushrooms. The crepe tasted of creamy cheese and pesto and was quite good, although it was a bit heavy on the red peppers. The mushrooms, which I hoped would provide the real flavor boost, weren't all that flavorful or plentiful. It came with a small salad of field greens in a sweet balsamic vinaigrette, topped with blue cheese and pitted kalamata olves. My mother had her favorite crepe here, a chicken curry with cashews number, which was also quite good, slightly sweet, and I probably liked it better than my chicken crepe because the flavor was a bit more out of the ordinary. Each crepe was $6.95.
The Black Cat has an impressive selection of desserts, which alas we did not sample. Several great looking cakes and tortes from the Freeport Bakery, along with a creme brulee from Rolle's French Foods down the street. Cookies and lemon bars appear to be baked by Casey Hayden. Unfortunately we didn't sample any of these offerings but they looked very fresh and appetizing.
Several of the crepes are noted on the menu as being especially good for breakfast. All in all, a friendly, attractive and reasonably priced spot for lunch and possibly breakfast as well.
The Black Cat Cafe
723 56th St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
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