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Low key & affordable French bistro in SF Bay area similar to Cafe Presse in Seattle?

Great idea! For anyone else who's looking for the same info, this is the link
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/538712

let me know if it's the right one - appreciate it Melanie :)

Jul 15, 2012
craigseattle in San Francisco Bay Area

Low key & affordable French bistro in SF Bay area similar to Cafe Presse in Seattle?

Thank you GH, forgot to mention I'd avoid the DT, FD areas as it's difficult to chill out with all those tourists :) But their menu is wonderful.
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Jul 15, 2012
craigseattle in San Francisco Bay Area

Low key & affordable French bistro in SF Bay area similar to Cafe Presse in Seattle?

Thank you Melanie - this one sounds great! It's a challenge to find cozy but not too fancy, and laid back is my preferred venue. Will definitely check it out!

Jul 15, 2012
craigseattle in San Francisco Bay Area

Low key & affordable French bistro in SF Bay area similar to Cafe Presse in Seattle?

Hey all,

So I've looked around but no luck so far, and yes I am new to the area still. i am enjoying discovering SF!! Now for my quest:

I would really like to find a low key French/European style bistro (open to East and South Bay as well), just a simple menu with good coffee, glass of wine or pastis, a croque madame, simple frites, a few entrees preferably with seafood/veg options, maybe just a dessert or two? Nothing to break the bank, as I am looking for a place to hang out at often!

When I lived in Seattle I was a regular at Cafe Presse (on Cap Hill), smaller venue with big screens showing soccer games on weekends, and the menu wasn't large at all. For me, it's more of an ambiance thing, I would like to find a place to go for drinks and something small to eat, have a meeting with someone, or just be able to read a newspaper while having a simple brunch on my own during the weekend.

Any suggestions for a transplant?

Much appreciated, and keep up the excellent posts!!

Craig

Jul 15, 2012
craigseattle in San Francisco Bay Area

Seattle: Where to find a grilled tuna steak sandwich?

yes - I just looked at their menu and it does sound really good :) I will try this week. thx for the reco!

Jul 11, 2007
craigseattle in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Favorite falafel joint and fav Moroccan Restaurant?

Hands down - the best EVER is at Alladin in the U-District (Univ. Way). The guys that work there are great, the service is fast, and the sandwiches are always fresh and piping hot - and all at around $5!

Jul 11, 2007
craigseattle in Pacific Northwest

Seattle: Where to find a grilled tuna steak sandwich?

AWESOME! gotta try the tuna and catfish or oyster lunch sandwiches. thx!

Jul 03, 2007
craigseattle in Pacific Northwest

French in Seattle?

I can't believe nobody mentioned le Fournil - great pastries and bread, good options for breakfast and lunch. Also, now that we're on the subject: is the organic Boulangerie Nantaise still open? I have not tried it yet.

Jul 03, 2007
craigseattle in Pacific Northwest

Seattle: Where to find a grilled tuna steak sandwich?

OK - couldn't find the new menus since they remodeled. Thx for the reco!

Jul 02, 2007
craigseattle in Pacific Northwest

Seattle: Where to find a grilled tuna steak sandwich?

I recently ate in Langley's Cafe where they serve rare tuna steak sandwiches in pita bread with aioli. However, they are not always open nor do they serve it all the time. Is there a better option in Seattle/Eastside? As long as it is tuna steak, not a tuna melt :)

thx,
craig

Jul 02, 2007
craigseattle in Pacific Northwest

Illy Coffee in Seattle: any suggestions?

Thank you both, those are great ideas - maybe I can sneak out and have a late lunch when it's not too crowded in either place... so now the only dilemma is tartine or tiramisu!

May 29, 2007
craigseattle in Pacific Northwest

Picky caffeine addict: Cafes with Illy coffee in Seattle?

Thank you! I will definitely check that one out. Wow, I had no idea that this Illy coffee search would get so complicated; it seems you can buy the actual coffee in most supermarkets (canned), but it's way harder to have a steaming cup in a cafe :)

May 29, 2007
craigseattle in Pacific Northwest

Illy Coffee in Seattle: any suggestions?

Since we have several coffee requests here, off I go again...
Any suggestions where I can have a cup of Illy coffee in the area? I know Bottega Italiana, the gelato place at Pike, has it. How about somewhere less busy? :) Many thanks.

May 22, 2007
craigseattle in Pacific Northwest

Swooon me with your coffee

KQ,
Go to De Laurenti's at Pike Place Market, they have great coffee ( I think it is Umbria) if you like the Italian taste as I do.

I also posted earlier asking others if they know where Illy coffee is served in Seattle, that is in my opinion the best Italian coffee to have, if you like smoothness :) And you can get the beans in any major supermarket here.
Have fun!!

May 22, 2007
craigseattle in Pacific Northwest

Picky caffeine addict: Cafes with Illy coffee in Seattle?

Hello everyone,

I am looking for a cafe that serves Illy coffee in Seattle. So far I have only found it near Pike, at the Bottega Italiana. Tried the cappuccino, it is as strong as I like it; however, since it's close to Pike and busy, I would prefer to sit and read my paper in a less conspicuous place. It would be nice if the place offered free wireless, too. Please make some recommendations!

p.s. I have tried so many places (Caffe Vita, Vivace, Ladro, Victrola) but in my opinion nothing compares to Illy in terms of smoothness; some of the above mentioned coffees are too bitter for my taste.

thx!
C.

May 15, 2007
craigseattle in Pacific Northwest