From September 2003
Cafe Deluxe has something for everyone. A sweeping bar and sidewalk cafe for the singles crowd, a family-friendly menu and crayons for the kids, and a kitchen that turns out clever riffs on classics for Mom and Dad. You'll find plates like grilled meatloaf with spicy Creole sauce, a veal chop with a very grown-up Gruyère mac and cheese, and a steak Caesar.
Go cheap and light with main-course salads or offbeat sandwiches--the snapper club and lamb and goat cheese are divine--or more expensive and substantial with hot plates. Modern American bistro is the motif in this comfortable dining room with white butcher paper on the tables and glossy wood banquettes. So a juicy all-American hamburger is at home alongside a bowl of penne with chicken and vegetables in the lightest of cream sauces. Less successful is the cafe's attempt at French bistro--steak frites with greasy French fries and a piece of meat that's nothing special.