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Good food, confusing setting



hand, fit the "cafe" part of the name--but without the ambience and skillful service you'd expect in a restaurant.

It seems like owners Youn Song and daughter Jenny Song want the place to be everything to everyone. That's certainly a generous goal, and perhaps others don't find the lack of focus as frustrating as I do. For, as I eventually discovered, much of the food is tasty and nicely made.


My husband and I first visited on a Saturday morning in mid-autumn. After a long wait in line at the counter, eyeing a couple of selections from the list of breakfast specials, we arrived at the front of the line--only to be told, when we tried to place our order, that breakfast had ended; they had run out.

I stared at the young woman. How does a breakfast place run out of breakfast? Should we move on or settle for an early lunch? Irritated, yet hungry and conscious of the people lined up behind us at the single register, we made a couple of quick lunch choices from the regular chalkboard menu--a turkey and avocado sandwich and a kogi hoagi.

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