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Epicerie, a clean, well-lighted, place

singlemalt | Oct 15, 201310:41 AM

Like "Pappa" I do like c,w-l,p's and this one. Designed by Hsu (as is La Mancha, down the road) the interior is interesting, attractive and gives a good vibe. I go there mainly to have a glass or wine or a beer (although they keep a rather odd selection) and drink and look out the windows. They have a good cheese selection, imo, and I have ordered a few ounces of various cheeses to go along with my wine. Typically it is presented nicely on a stone like slab with a few pieces of bread and some jellies. All done very nicely ( I ordered the cheese plate at Zuni Café in SF and got a saucer with 3 or 4 pieces of cheese on it, nothing else).

As far as food, I would go cautiously through the menu. I had breakfast there once and it was okay. At that time they had just opened and had not yet worked the kinks out. Their coffee left a lot to be desired even though it did come from a fancy place in CA. (and we have Andersons right here).

The second time I ate there I ordered their beans and rice and sausage. The beans (l.l. pintos) had been cooked a while back. They were a dull red brown, and sort of mushy looking. They were not fresh, nor did they taste fresh. Should have sent them back. (And I know red beans. Growing up sort of poor, I have eaten a lot of them, still do).

Service is good. Gotten better over the year or so, especially from the New Zealand girl, if she is still there.

All in all, I am glad the place it there although to me it is more of a place to sip wine and flake out.

Let me know.

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