I just had lunch at Sosta Cafe, a small newish place on Davie St. near Wilmington, and it was so perfect I had to share!
The place is set up as a coffee shop, and is pretty small - if you are more than a party of 3 you'd be pushing it. The menu is sandwiches and salads, plus the usual coffee shop fare. I had the "farmer", a grilled vegetable sandwich on ciabatta, and it was the best vegetable sandwich I think I've ever had - not so much because of what was in it as what wasn't: no glops of melted cheese or heavy aioli, or even olive oil dribbling down my wrists. It was just a big mess of portobellas, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts and tomato on a big, very crusty hunk of bread, with a touch of balsamic. So. Delicious. And even though I usually get annoyed at paying $7 for a sandwich, this one seemed a little cheap considering the quality ingredients and bread, and the ample side portions of both chickpea salad and an Israeli couscous salad. You know, we get so used to the usual lunch offerings that you forget what it's like to come away from a restaurant meal stuffed, but not feeling greasy or disgusted with yourself! Other sandwiches going by were similarly full of brightly colored fresh ingredients with no globs of white stuff. If you do feel the need for something less healthy, there was an impressive display of tarts and cannolis by the counter.
The place is pretty slow - one charming French guy was taking orders, making beverages, bussing tables and delivering food - but he did it so cheerfully, and the atmosphere is so relaxed, that I didn't mind waiting.
Wait - I just realized - now you will all want to go there for lunch and then it will be crowded and not relaxing anymore! Oh well. Better crowded than closed.
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