What do you like about Cafe Pamplona?
- tatamagouche Jul 12, 2007 12:09 PM
What's the draw? I know it has something of a history but I'm not sure I can really piece together its identity. Does it actually serve anything Spanish?
The outdoor seating and atmosphere are the only things I really like about it. The gazpacho is fine, as are some of the sandwiches (the pork medias noches is Spanish, I suppose). I don't think the coffee is good at all (drip or espresso) and they don't have the thick Spanish hot chocolate that I love. My office is very close, so I've given it a fair few whirls. I think the original owner sold it a year or two ago. It was closed for a few months but the new owner hasn't made many changes. Still--a nice enough place to spend a sunny afternoon with a book.
What they said above; the outdoors seating area is the way to go here if you go. I made the mistake of having lunch inside a good few years ago -- at the time, it was a cramped, claustrophobic basement space (very low ceiling) with weak food and inept service. No idea if it's changed since then, but I haven't been in a hurry to return and find out.
Contrarian, you sailormouth?
I used to go there waaay back in the day and sit outside reading Hemingway, Rand & Sartre, drinking cup after cup of espresso whilst chain-smoking English Ovals. Sound like a lot of youthful affectations? You bet they were. But I my mind, Maria Muldaur, then of the Kweskin Jug Band, was also gonna submit to my will sooner or later. So my point, did I have one? Oh yeah, it has a stupidly nostalgic connection for me. So I go to the Cafe Pamplona on days like today and just sit there with a cuppa, people watch and chuckle at and to myself.