Foolishly, I snubbed Pamplona early in my college career, finding it drafty and uninventive in dessert options (seven pastries, all filled with custard). But I've started going there again recently, and man, tI think it's just the best place to either talk or work that I've ever seen... It's open until 1 (later than the library!) and the staff doesn't heckle you and lets you stay forever, and the coffee is really hot and really strong, and sometimes its quiet as a tomb and sometimes there are tables of people coming from a show or nearing the end of a date, so you can eavesdrop, or relax a little in the background noise. Man, it's great. And, I mean, I know its been around since way before I was born, but it's pretty cool that it's still there and I can still have this little thrill of discovery so late in the place's institutional history, no?
Okay, but the important question is, what's up with the food? They've had the same small pressed cuban sandwich for about 40 years on the menu, and they recently added this big Tapas menu served 'til eleven -- anyone tried any of those? Someone near me ordered the mushrooms in garlic sauce and those looked sort of interesting. And how's the garlic soup? (And if you've been going to Pamplona for a long long time -- I know these questions show I'm a total neophyte, and I feel really sheepish. Apologies!) And are any of the desserts worth getting?
Oh, and I was there last night and ordered this sandwich of guava jelly and meunster cheese on french bread. The bread was a little flakier and fresher tasting than most and the guava, which comes in three dimensions, was like jam but sweeter, and it was awesome with the cheese. Man, was that good.
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