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Oct 15, 2013 10:41 AM

Epicerie, a clean, well-lighted, place

Like "Pappa" I do like c,w-l,p's and this one. Designed by Hsu (as is La Mancha, down the road) the interior is interesting, attractive and gives a good vibe. I go there mainly to have a glass or wine or a beer (although they keep a rather odd selection) and drink and look out the windows. They have a good cheese selection, imo, and I have ordered a few ounces of various cheeses to go along with my wine. Typically it is presented nicely on a stone like slab with a few pieces of bread and some jellies. All done very nicely ( I ordered the cheese plate at Zuni Café in SF and got a saucer with 3 or 4 pieces of cheese on it, nothing else).

As far as food, I would go cautiously through the menu. I had breakfast there once and it was okay. At that time they had just opened and had not yet worked the kinks out. Their coffee left a lot to be desired even though it did come from a fancy place in CA. (and we have Andersons right here).

The second time I ate there I ordered their beans and rice and sausage. The beans (l.l. pintos) had been cooked a while back. They were a dull red brown, and sort of mushy looking. They were not fresh, nor did they taste fresh. Should have sent them back. (And I know red beans. Growing up sort of poor, I have eaten a lot of them, still do).

Service is good. Gotten better over the year or so, especially from the New Zealand girl, if she is still there.

All in all, I am glad the place it there although to me it is more of a place to sip wine and flake out.

Let me know.

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  1. Agreed. I think the only thing I've enjoyed was the soup and grilled cheese, but even that's not impressed lately.

    Nice back patio, though.

    1. I've been there a few times. The breakfast was decent. I had a mushroom pappardelle there once though that was damn near perfect. I'm not sure if it's on the menu all the time.

      The bulk cheese and meat prices seem astronomical, so I've only just looked and pretended that I'm interested.

      1. i used to love their red beans and rice. guess i got lucky and didn't get an old batch. i also really dug it when they had marrow on the menu. it's gone now though.

        i did see they added a cassoulet. i'll def go and try it.

        the menu changes very often, but whatever pasta they have is made fresh in house and is usually pretty good.