on May 18, 2008
Café Mezzaluna is a charming little place. Although the parking can be difficult (a small, unpaved lot behind the building), as soon as you step into Mezzaluna, you know you’ve stumbled onto something special!You have your choice of hand-painted seats, some vintage and some modern. On your table, do not be surprised to find some lovely and unusual pieces of quartz or amethyst adding an earthy feel to your experience. Once you’ve finished admiring everything set out before you, look towards the walls. Mezzaluna, in addition to being a restaurant, is also a gallery, with exhibits that change frequently. I have seen beautiful handmade quilts on display here, as well as wonderful photographs and paintings. The artwork is on sale, and you are encouraged to get up and “walk the walls.” The encouragement that you receive from the staff to get up and peruse the art extends to all interactions with the waitstaff – they are warm and welcoming, and treat you like family. They allow you the freedom to savor your time here, though they are always ready to refill your coffee cup.Speaking of coffee…the coffee (served with real cream), and the food here is a delight. The brunch menu changes constantly, as the chef, whose dishes have a Latin flair, has a penchant for experimenting. The regular menu has such dishes as a chiles rellenos omelet (excellent! Not too mild and not too hot), but their specials have included dishes that are even more unique, such as an omelet with guava jelly. Do not fear, though, as there is also traditional fare, including biscuits with sausage gravy. All of the dishes I have tried are superb!As if the great food, great service, and great art weren’t enough, the café also features live (usually folk) music on Sunday mornings. The local artists add a sense of community to the experience.Café Mezzaluna is one of my favorite places to visit for brunch!
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