Submitted Friday, April 27, 2007 - 1:35pm [Dine in]
I hate to restaurant bash and I'm not one to try a place once and then write it off for good but I've now given Noodle Box three trys, and, well, it hasn't got any better. This sort of place might be suitable for a university SUB food court, where novelty wins over quality but for a city that prides itself on knowing international fare...not really. Flavorless, that is, except in spicyness but there is much more to South East Asian cuisine than just 'hot.' For some reason they do seem to attract people. Maybe it's the ambience? I have to admit it is quite a funky space, but to me the food rules and in that respect The Noodle Box does not measure up. Sorry. Might be good as a $5.00 a box takeout joint though.
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Submitted Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 7:18pm [Dine in]
I've lived in the Main Street area for years and only recently wandered off a block away to Our Town Cafe. I'm glad I did because it's become my new favorite spot. It looks like an old Parisian cafe, wood floors, bentwood chairs, etc. I ordered my usual Americano, keeping my expectations on the conservative side, and to my surprise I received a cup of golden esspresso with a crema you could stand on with water on the side - on the side so I can control the strength to my liking. Genius! No more weak Americanos, ever! It was the best coffee I've had - anywhere - and I've been all over the world. I also appreciate that they use organic and fair trade beans.
I ordered a Boconcinni Panini ( they have like 1o different kinds ) and it was also excellent. Light, fluffy, herbed focaccia, and really good ingrediants. Very authentic.
The service was friendly and down to earth as long as you're used to the Main Street garb and vibe.
I'm really happy I wandered off my usual haunt to find this one. A real gem.
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