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Best Coffee Bar

City Café

Jefferson Jackson Steele
Best Coffee Bar: City Café

1001 Cathedral St., (410) 539-4252

Posted 9/18/1996

OK, granted, it’s in the neighborhood. But we’ve tried other coffeehouses around town, and we keep coming back to the sunny, friendly, made-for-people-watching confines of Mount Vernon’s City Café. In addition to its savory java, City Café has atmosphere on its side: The music is kept at a level that allows for conversation, there’s no smoke, it’s light and airy, you can sit and nurse your cup and scribble the Mediocre American Novel and no one will glower at you (except maybe during the lunch rush, when tables are needed). It’s located in the heart of Mount Vernon’s nightlife district (and thus ideal for dropping in), and the café takes food seriously, offering a wide range of pastries, desserts, light fare, and now breakfast. We’re interested to see what sort of clientele the place’s new liquor license will draw, although as long as they don’t hog the hazelnut, we should get along just fine.

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Other Awards for Best Coffee Bar:

Patterson Perk, 9/22/2004

Daily Grind, 9/17/2003

A Common Ground, 9/18/2002

The Coffee Mill, 9/19/2001

A Common Ground, 9/19/2001

Donna's Charles Village, 9/13/2000

Daily Grind, 9/15/1999

Ze Mean Bean Café, 9/17/1997

The Coffee Mill, 9/18/1996

All Awards for City Café:

Best Wireless, 9/20/2006

Best Straws, 9/18/2002

Best Rest Rooms, 9/19/2001

Best Bread Pudding, 9/15/1999

Best Place to Cruise Gay Men, 9/18/1996

Best Tuna Melt, 9/18/1996

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