- 2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA, 50010
- Overall User Rating:
- (6 ratings)
- 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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The place has class, albeit laced with a trace of pretension. Curtain ruffles trim tall booths, a brick wall anchors the far end of the dining area and striking black-and-white photographs border the restaurant. The Cafe sets an intimate but casual mood with a stylish, old-world decor.
We dined on a Saturday during the lunch hour, and the place was buzzing. Still, we were seated after a 10-minute wait. I ordered the Salmon and Artichoke Melt on a toasted English muffin, which was fantastic. Some leafy greens sprinkled with candied nuts garnished the plate, adding a sweet crunch to the meal.
My fiance had the Mushroom Quesadilla with fire-roasted mushrooms, grilled onions, red pepper spread and gruyere cheese. He said he expected that the dish might get boring, considering the sparse number of ingredients, but it was pleasantly packed with flavor.
Since it was lunchtime, we didn't try anything from the extensive drink menu. But funky drinks, like the Cucumber Martini and the Strawberry-pineapple Infusion, made me thirsty to come back and sample some fancy cocktails. There's also a lengthy wine list.
Because the place has a slightly more upscale vibe, some of the prices are unnecessarily high - like $1.50 for a can of Diet Coke. I hate it when restaurants don't offer free refills on soft drinks. Though our waiter was polite, he wasn't what you'd call overwhelmingly friendly. And I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure a piece of unwanted bacon was lurking in my greens.
The Cafe is a nice special occasion lunch spot that seems like it would be a posh place to meet a friend or two for after-work drinks.