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Report on Sea Breeze Cafe, outer Sunset

lonediner | May 9, 200208:52 PM

I go to the outer Sunset once a week or so and I'm working my way through the restaurants in the far Lincoln/Irving/Judah neighborhood. The Sea Breeze cafe is a recent addition that opened around the first of the year. I've eaten there twice so far.

Dinner #1 was warm prawn and avocado salad followed by seared ahi on greens with vegetables, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and vinaigrette. Both were good, although the appetizer could have been spicier IMHO. The entree is a variation on Salade Nicoise, I guess. The house chardonnay was tasty and went down quickly and easily (the limit of my wine appraisal skills). The meal, with a cappucino, cost around $26.

Dinner #2 was pork chops with polenta and caramelized onions, accompanied by house merlot. The pork was tender and well seasoned, the polenta was moist and moderately firm, accompanied by tasty asparagus spears, and the wine was good. This meal, with a cappucino, cost $21.

The cafe is a small storefront with nice ambience, although the bench seating on either end is a touch too tall and makes my back sore (my only complaint). Service is great. Most of the menu items sound appealing and I plan to try more of them. Judging by the comments of other diners, the cafe is popular with locals for breakfast and lunch, too -- it's also the only non-ethnic restaurant I have found so far in the general vicinity.

I like this cafe, and I'll be back. It's on Judah between 44th and 45th.

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