Showing an out of towner around yesterday. We went downtown to the new cathedral. It's not nearly as bad as the bad things you may have heard or as good as the good things. It's big but not that big. The doors are really great. The icon of Mary over the doors you could argue any which way. The alabaster windows are nice. The blood red altar a little hard to me. The tapestries are somewhat Norman Rockwellish. Much has been made of the plaza--just a big open concrete space with a few trees and some small fountains. When all's said, I think it does fit the new downtown the city fathers are trying to develop, particularly along Grand Ave. Is it the best you could get for $190 million? I don't think so but it is nice and somewhat calming. Oh, and the chair (which is what a cathedral is all about) was stylish without being gaudy.
But what about food? Since we were downtown, I herded us over to 840 S. Spring Street to Angelique Cafe. It's a little grimy but very French. It's only open till 4 pm Monday thru Saturday (open for breakfast and whatever you want to call eating until 4). I had steak frites and my visitor had the special, smoked salmon and goat cheese quiche (which she thoroughly enjoyed). Both came with a generous and tasty green salad. Housemade ice tea was refreshing. Everything was good. Not expensive, entrees $7-$9. Frites were crisp. The steak was no more than half an inch at it's thickest but very tasty (medium rare as ordered), with lots of grilled diced onions or were those shallots? Definitely a candidate for best steak frites, low priced division.