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Copacafe in Lexington


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Copacafe in Lexington

chowcat | Apr 19, 2003 06:50 PM

Went last night with a friend to try out this new tapas-style cafe in Lexington from the man who brought us Coffee Connection of blessed memory.

This place reminds me of Calfornia - light and airy, with many small tables and some higher bar areas. Somewhat Starbuck-ish (oh, the irony!) in the the front area where cakes, pastries and coffee are sold. Quite lovely overall though.

Menu consists of small plates of somewhat upscale food - both pot pie type things, as well as salads, crab cake, seared scallops, some sandwiches. A small but excellent selection of foods for little kids (mac and cheese, baby burger etc). Nice selection of wines by the glass. Prices are about $7-11 for the tapas, with sides for $3-5 IIRC.

The place was packed at 6:45 and got even busier as the evening progressed. Clearly, this is filling a previously unmet need.

OK, the food: tiny portions for the price. Nice side of sauteed chard was smoky as if seared over an open flame. Fish pie with potato and leek crust ($8.50) was a little ramekin filled with mashed potato, carrots, some sauteed spinach...chunks of hardboiled egg...and no fish. I couldn't believe it and complained. I was given a choice of something else and tried the chicken cocotte topped with herb biscuit. Same tiny ramekin, this time an OK chicken pot pie with a great biscuit, for $7.50.
Wines were $6-8/glass. Total was $50 including 3 glasses of wine and tip, and I left hungry.

I'm interested to hear what others experience. George, if you or your partners are reading this: enlarge the portions a little, will you? And serve what's on the menu or else change the menu to reflect what's in the dish.

We'll go back to Flora as our preferred Girls Night Out location. For the same price you getter more and better food and the atmosphere is less frenetic.

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