I was an early fan of Citizen Cake, but have had mostly unhappy experiences since their move to Civic Center. These have generally included unfriendly/inattentive service and unexciting food.
I'm happy to report I dropped in last night on my way to the opera after the bar at Absinthe was full, and virtually everything about the experience was positive.
Everyone from the woman who seated me at the bar to the woman who offered me pours of several wines so I could make up my own mind was friendly and efficient. (I ended up with a glass of 2004 Vouvray).
Maybe Tuesdays are just a better night, although getting anything to eat before a 7:30 curtain with both the opera and symphony back in season is a challenge. I asked before finalizing my order, to make sure the time wouldn't be a problem, but they had me out in under 45 minutes and it never felt rushed.
I had a hearts of romaine salad with blue cheese and bacon (perfectly fine, not too exciting) and a rapturous "moussaka" appetizer. The moussaka was actually two lamb meatballs on top of moist steamed eggplant in Bechamel sauce. It was one of the best things I've eaten in months, and was just added to the menu. Comfort food on a cold night, sprinkled with cinnamon. I wasn't crazy about the bread until it became a medium for the sauce.
I also got a ginger snap to go, which we enjoyed hours later.
Not cheap at $40 for a glass of wine, two appetizers, and a cookie. But I'm happy to put CC back in my rotation.