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Jul 22, 2001 11:33 PM

A chowhound weekend: Cafe de la Presse, Bella, Louis'.

  • j

A pregnant friend came into town this weekend. So it was a good excuse to spend the weekend eating!

Cafe de la Presse was the first stop Saturday morning. THANK YOU to chowhounds elise h and others for the croque monsieur suggestion there. The salad along with the sandwich has a terrific mustardy dressing. My friend had a standard omelette which she was happy with.

Bella for dinner in the Richmond, as I had read a rave review from Limster. This is definitely going to be a new addition to my "regulars" list - I went with Limster's suggestion and stuck to the specials - had an entree of porcini mushroom and italian sausage risotto. The porcini flavor was to die for - strong in every bite. My friend had a terrific crabmeat ravioli with asparagus cream sauce. The general feeling of the restaurant is very "neighborhoody" and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Breakfast this morning at Louis' out near the Cliff House. Standard breakfast fare, which deserves a mention because it is a great place to take tourists. Sits directly on the cliffs and is a fun little place - food is not incredibly outstanding, but standard for breakfast.

Thanks to all chowhounds for their continued suggestions!

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  1. Jen, you are very welcome. I'm glad you seemed to get as much pleasure as I did from Cafe de la Presse's croque monsieur. I was thinking of going there for dinner, but I doubt if the croque monsieur is served then! What do CH think of the other menu items?

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    1. re: elise h

      Wanted to add my 2 cents to the topic of Cafe de la Presse. Just ate there for lunch not too long ago. I enjoyed a veggie burger (I must add that it took a bit of convincing to get me to order something that didn't have meat), and I was pleasantly surprised. Not being a regular veggie burger eater, I can't compare to other establishments, but it was quite tasty. The service was great as well. We sat outside and enjoyed one of those rare sunny days in the city. My lunch companion had the crab cakes with a side salad. Their salads are very fresh and not coated with dressing, merely tossed in a light vinagrette, and their crab cakes were flavorful and tender (you could tell it wasn't a defrosted hocky puck).
      I'm looking forward to going again and trying their croque madame.
      P.S. Quick tip for any who may have friends coming to town. I stayed at the Triton next door a couple of years back and had a wonderful visit. The decor is vibrant, stylish and arousing to the senses. Each room is unique and very comfy...there's even a room called the Carlos Santana room that I believe was decorated based on the taste of the great guitarist himself.