I recently stumbled onto this wonderful cafe while taking care of business at the CA State Building. It's a little Italian and a little eclectic. They work to use local products and Acme bread and use olive oil for all their cooking. At this restaurant the flavors are so fresh and the food made so lightly that you walk away satisfied.
Cafe 15 has a menu of breakfast, soups, salads and omelets and sandwiches and then adds about 5 specials everyday. Yesterday I was eating light and only had the Mexican Corn soup, but it satisfied through the afternoon. Delicious tomato base, slightly spicy with corn, pasta and spices. My friend had the fried all natural chicken sandwich with a lemon mayonnaise. The lemon mayonnaise with the chicken brought a smile to her face. On another visit we enjoyed the Pulled Pork sandwich with salsa verde and the Croque Monsieur. The vegeterians will enjoy the eggplant sandwich with fresh mozzarella. The prices are all under $10.00.
The chef, whose name I've forgotten, worked at Eccolo before opening this restaurant. It opened January 09 and is now handling a lunch crowd that might overwhelm their business. You can order at the counter, grab a table and they'll serve you; however, if you arrive during the lunch hour you will, unfortunately, experience spotty table service. But by 1:00 the crowds have cleared and you might meet the chef when he comes out of the kitchen.
I really enjoy this little gem and have been back several times since I first stumbled upon it.
They haven't had a chance to get their website up yet so here's the address if you're in the area:
597 15th Street, Oakland, CA 94612. (If you walk from Broadway through the State building it will be on your left, two doors down from the standard deli.)
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