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New coffee/crepe place in Teele Square?

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Friday night in Teele Square, walked past a sandwich board for a basement place between Tip Top and Amelia's. Menu was primarily crepes and espresso drinks. Was running late, or I would have stopped in to take a peek.

Is this place new, or just new to me? Regardless, has anyone been? The music and slight glow drifting up the staircase gave it a certain bohemian allure...

P.S. I must reiterate my [apparently contrarian] high opinion of Amelia's margherita pizza.

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  1. I had the opportunity over the weekend to answer my own question.

    The place is called I-cafe, and has only been open for a few weeks. Very cool, Bohemian basement coffee house; dimly lit, exotic North African/Middle Eastern decor, lots of couches, DJ setup in the corner, free wireless Internet.

    Menu is a short list of sweet and savory crepes (about 10 choices total), made to order with a remarkably good batter (hints of orange and vanilla).

    Savory crepes: we had more success with these. I really enjoyed my chicken, endive, and pesto, with chicken cooked to order. DC's tuna melt was very good too.

    Sweet crepes: no Nutella?!!!! We split a chocolate, strawberry, and banana. The fruit was fresh and of fine quality. The chocolate was adequate, but a little too sweet for my taste.

    Coffee: the espresso was fine, but nothing to write home about. I plan to try the drip coffee, but I'm not holding out any hope for greatness.

    Bottom line: while this place isn't destined to become a Chowhound darling, the overall vibe of the place, coupled with perfectly acceptable consumables, will bring me back, likely with laptop in lap.

    1. At the very least it's something different (I know there's Paris creperie, but that place doesn't do much for me). Thanks for the heads-up!

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      1. re: tatamagouche

        ditto - altho mr. crepe is opening down the street and soleil cafe is across the way (which is never open at normal times, e.g., morning commute) it's still a good addition to the 'hood

      2. Thanks for the detailed report! We first saw the sign go up in the dentist's office a couple of weeks ago, thought it was a little strange location for a face, and then it kept falling off our radar. I hope to check it out this week!

        1. Sounds good. Thanks for investigating!

            1. re: wonderwoman

              Monday - Saturday, not sure when they open, but I believe they close at 10 each night.