City Girl Cafe has the kind of menu that julesc says “seems kind of dull.” Pasta with marinara this and turkey panini that. But, as julesc has discovered, these simple things are deftly cooked and not that expensive at this easygoing Inman Square place. Sangría was “fruity and strong without being too sweet,” and a watermelon gazpacho special was frosty-cool and a little bit sweet, with tiny pearls of watermelon and yellow pepper.

Meatball sliders were next. City Girl makes meatballs with red currants, which add a subtle sweetness without being chewy. The sliders came on “perfectly crunchy” toasted bread rubbed with garlic, peppery arugula, and a nice tomato sauce. The fettuccine verde, with spinach, Asiago cheese, pine nuts, and garlic oil, maybe was a bit too oily, but the fresh pasta had a wonderfully chewy texture.

julesc’s meal ended with the pumpkin bread and vanilla ice cream panini, which sounds kind of horrifying but was like a pumpkin cake sandwiching ice cream, and was quite, quite tasty. The incredible total for all this deliciousness? $51 before tip.

City Girl Cafe [Cambridge]
204 Hampshire Street, Cambridge

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