The Place:Café Presse, 1117 12th Ave., 709.7674, CAPITOL HILL
The Hours: Daily from 7 am to 2 am
Uptown, Downtown or Down Home: Uptown all the way. Whether you are in the front of the house, quaint bar, or the industrial chic back dining room, you'll not want for ambiance in this eatery/newsstand/weekend soccer destination, our choice this year as Best Late Night Dining Spot that is just as sweet in the morning.
Bubbles, Bloodies or Black Coffee: All three, all fabulous. The drip coffee and lattes are equally lovely. The bubbles are what you'd expect in a place this French. Bloodies are available, and the full bar accounts for whatever else you maybe craving.
Hungover, Hooked-Up or Hanging with the family: Children pepper this establishment, but don't kill the mood. There is bar service for hungover dining, and this is a perfect spot to bring a hook-up with whom your intentions are romantic, not someone you're just boning. It has laid-back elegance and food so dreamy your date could easily misconstrue your feelings about the Cafe Presse experience as feelings for her.
What's Cooking?: Perfectly portioned dishes are priced to induce reverse sticker shock. The menu expands over the course of the day, starting with the early morning Petit Dejeuner, which features the delicious Pain au Chocolat à l'ancienne (Bittersweet chocolate melted on baguette-$4.00). By 9 a.m. the full menu kicks ,and the famous Croque Monsieur (Baked ham, gruyere and béchamel sandwich-$6.00) is available. If you forgo sauces, the jambon, fromage (Two eggs broiled with ham and gruyere-$7.50) or Omelette au choix (Two eggs, choice of mushroom, ham, herbs or Comté; for each additional choice add $1.00 -$5.50) will do you right. They can bake an egg at this joint, to be sure, and like a few other spots of this nature, it is worth the 20-40 minute wait on a Saturday or Sunday.