Anya L | Aug 15, 200503:35 PM     1

Hubby & I tried Le Velo Rouge yesterday morning for breakfast. It's a new cafe on Arguello @ McAllister. I love the decor. It's very warm and inviting with black tables and red accents - my idea of a cute French cafe.

The menu is American, not French. They are only open for breakfast and lunch and have a relatively short menu.

Here are the menu items I remember:

House-made coffee cake
Irish oatmeal
Eggs, hash browns, and toast
Scramble, hash browns, and toast (optional meat - bacon, ham, chicken sausage)
Bagel sandwich with egg and cheese (optional meat)
Various panini
Green salad
Assorted muffins, scones, and pastries


Espresso drinks (Illy)
Drip coffee (Fast Freddie's, to go with the bicycle theme)
Various bottled juices, soft drinks, and beers
Pilsner Urquell and Fat Tire on tap
Wine by the glass

You order at the counter and they bring the food to you. I got a bagel with egg and Swiss ($3.50) and hubby got a scramble with ham ($8.00). We also got drip coffee ($2.00 large + .75 refills), which was full-bodied and dark, which we liked (we are French Roast fans). Customers could help themselves to water. My bagel sandwich was good (hard to mess that one up); the bagel wasn't too soft or squishy. I think she said the bagels are from Zach's (sp? I hadn't heard of it). Hubby's scramble was very tasty and the hash browns were obviously house-made and quite flavorful, although they were not crispy on the outside like I prefer. The sourdough toast was rather thin & soft (hubby piled his scramble onto the toast). Our food took a little longer than expected, but we were the 1st customers and I think there was only 1 guy in the kitchen and he was also finishing baking the coffee cake (which apparently hadn't risen properly that day).

Service was extremely friendly and they seemed genuinely happy to have our business. I stopped by again the morning for a latte and pastry. The same friendly woman was behind the counter. The pastry (raisin snail) was OK, not great; she said it came from California Smart Foods. The latte was good.

If you live in the neighborhood, I recommend stopping by. They open at 6:30 am Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri (closed Wed) and at 8:00 am Sat & Sun.

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