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Brunch/Lunch in Old Town that isn't Cheesecake Factory

I'm looking for somewhere in Old Town that has a decent lunch/brunch on Saturdays. We're celebrating 2 birthdays, and they also want to shop at H&M. We'd like champagne to be on the menu! Scarlett Tea Room would be perfect but it doesn't look like they offer champagne.

Any suggestions?

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  1. How about Crepevine Bistro? You can have crepes.

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    1. re: WHills

      Are they open for lunch? It doesn't say on their website and I got a machine when I just called. But it seems perfect if they are.

      1. re: Just One Bite

        Yes, they're open for lunch on Saturdays. You can make reservations via directly its website, which links you to OpenTable, whereby you can select your time. Beware though, the space in CrepeVine is small; but they offer a great selection of drinks and crepes, as well as regular appetizers and entrees. Don't miss the crepe desserts (but do miss the fondue).

    2. I'd say Chado, but apparently they enjoy a great deal of enmity on this site, and they certainly didn't have any champagne that I remember.

      The Spot has all of that stuff but it's not exactly in Old Town. It is *not* a tea room either. They may have champagne, although I'm not sure. You might have to bring your own. It's probably not the Right Place for this occasion, now that I am thinking it through.

      edit: I forgot about the Crepe Vine. That place could be great for a Saturday brunch.

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      1. What about the Scarlett (?) Tea Room on Green, just south of Colorado? I ate there for lunch once and it was pretty good. Don't know if they're open for brunch though...

        ETA: Oops...I totally didn't see that you already said that about the Scarlett Tea Room. Sorry!

        1. Louise's Trattoria? I've always had good luck with meals there. Nothing fancy on the champagne tho, Asti Spumante. IL Fornaio is another I've enjoyed esp. on their patio. They have a weekend breakfast menu and a full bar. :)KQ Good Luck

          1. I like the Crepevine suggestion. Be sure to sit inside, their little outdoor patio is directly across from some garbage bins.
            Some lunch places (no brunch on saturdays):
            Cafe Bizou has champagne.
            Bar Celona and Villa Sorriso have full bars so I'm sure they have champagne.
            Cafe Santorini may have champagne, and their rooftop dining area is very nice.

            But H&M? Why???

            1. Il Fornaio is pretty reliably good for lunch, has a pleasant patio, and probably has at least prosecco available.

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              1. re: Amuse Bouches

                I've had FIVE different people tell me to avoid the Pasadena Il Fornaio. Worst service ever.

              2. I've had champagne at the Scarlet Tea Room.

                1. Thanks everyone! We have a reservation at Crepevine and are excited to try it. As for H&M? It has it's moments. Not many but occasionally!

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                  1. re: Just One Bite

                    Good call. The Crepe Vine is owned by a local couple and it is always good to see them getting some attention. To hell with Louise's and Il Fornaio and the rest of the upscale McDonaldses.

                    Second the advice to sit inside. The place has good atmosphere.

                  2. We had our lunch yesterday at CrepeVine. It was perfect! We sat inside and started with the Pomosa (champagne and pomegranite juice.) Very good and festive, plus a little on the dry side, which I enjoy much more than overly sweet drinks. We all started with the French Onion soup, which was finished perfectly with toasty, gooey cheese and great flavor. The entrees were good but could have been hotter. I loved how my french dip came out like a pressed panini, but the meat was pretty tough. Good au jus and delicious garlic fries though. My friend enjoyed her ham & gruyere crepe, although it wasn't what she was expecting. They fold their crepes (which I am used to) instead of rolling them (which she is used to.) Another friend had the pan seared salmon, which looked beautiful with bright green asparagus. The winner of the table was the Hunchback, which is an open faced sandwich with filet mignon tips, mushrooms, onions & gruyere. It was amazing. A little heavy for lunch, but next time I go to this restaurant I am ordering it!

                    The Nutella-Banana crepe we shared for dessert was lovely.

                    A fabulous lunch spot. Thanks to all who recommended it! And glad to know is owned by a local couple. I'd much rather support them then a chain!

                    1. Interesting about CrepeVine. things must have improved. We went there Nov last year, both food and service were horrible. And the noise level! I could not even hear myself think.