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The small stuff - Crave and Persimmon

SandraV | Feb 26, 200403:30 PM     1

It sure seems like a lot of the newer openings these days are tiny little spots. Not that that's a bad thing but it does make it hard to just drop in when you just know the neighborhood locals are all loitering over coffee and doing the crosswords. And, if you go later in the day, you run the risk of them running out of your favorite dish. When these small places run out, they are really out. My bad luck that these places aren't in my neighborhood, I guess. We've had the opportunity to try two of these small spots, Crave and Persimmon, in the past month, both of which I'd be more than happy to have down the street. (Doesn't anyone want to go into the old La Dolce Vita spot?).

We had a lovely brunch at Crave last weekend before seeing The Triplets of Belleville. It always takes a really good excuse to get us to Capitol Hill and maybe next time we won't even need the movie. Mom’s Overnight French Toast was just outstanding, pronounced by my husband as the best he'd ever had. In a delicious twist, it comes with a Gorgonzola butter that just makes the whole mix of sweet and savory to die for. I had the Madame Crave (which wasn't on brioche, as the menu says) which was exactly what I needed. I'm not big on sweets in the morning. It comes with a side of Tim's Cascade-like potato chips. Because the fullness of the restaurant (at 1:30 on Saturday), we sat at the small counter and thus were able to watch all the food being prepared, something that's always fascinating. Everything looked wonderful, the staff is great, and we're hoping to try more soon.

Persimmon is a little more basic, at least for lunch. Again, this is one tiny kitchen but they're turning out some yummy food. The sandwiches were very tasty and come with a side of greens, if I remember correctly. And, it's hard not to be cheerful in such a vividly painted space. I'm less likely to go our my way for Persimmon but it's a place to keep in mind for those trips to the Guild 45.

Link: http://www.cravefood.com/menu.html

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