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Blue Dahlia Cafe in J-Town/Arts District

nomo_fan Sep 16, 2007 08:01 PM

I've passed by this place on 3rd south of Alameda but haven't gone in. I've heard good things about this place. I could never go in because they were only opened for lunch, but they've recently got their wine license and is finally open at night. It's now a wine and panini bar. Has anybody gone?

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    Liquid Sky RE: nomo_fan Nov 10, 2007 08:21 AM


    I have a question for any fan of Blue Dahlia. I am interested in going there on a weeknight and checking out their patio. My question is: Is this a place you can go just for a drink or coffee on a weekday evening... or do you have to order dinner in the patio?


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      dchoi78 RE: Liquid Sky Nov 15, 2007 12:13 PM

      In my experience, you can visit Blue Dahlia during the week or weekend nights for just a drink or two in the back patio. They really did a nice job with the lighting and ambiance! Pretty cool little place take a date.

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        Liquid Sky RE: dchoi78 Nov 15, 2007 03:53 PM


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      tdev RE: nomo_fan Feb 24, 2008 05:33 PM

      Blue Dahlia is a GREAT addition to the Arts District (just a block or so east of Little Tokyo), and sandwiched between Zip Fusion & e3rd. Fantastic and unique wine selection. The short rib burger is a must-try signature dish. Yum. Yum. Yum. I also vouch for any of their mushroom dishes. Haven't worked my way through the rest of the menu yet, but I haven't had a bad dish. Excellent coffee, lattes, chai, etc., too. Great place for dinner or happy hour. Very chill. Great staff.

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        slaks99 RE: nomo_fan Feb 25, 2008 08:07 AM

        We went this Saturday and had a lovely time. Both the appetizer of mozzarella and tomato wrapped in proscuitto (drizzled with a sticky caramelly balsamic sauce) and my tofu/portabello burger were great however the BF had the short rib burger which was UNBELIEVABLE. I was fine with the portion size but I'm a small person and my boyfriend was still hungry. Minor glitch was the salads they came with were swimming in dressing.

        They have a section of the menu devoted to various crostini, which we'll try next time. Salads, sandwiches and appetizers mostly, which are absolutely fine for dinner, but don't expect a lot of huge full plated dinner options. Still, I love places like this, with lighter fare and small items to mix and match. The patio was really pretty, but it was raining so we only had a peek. Best of all the service was so friendly and welcoming. We'll definitely be back.

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