Dahlia soups are excellent. They have creamy tomato everyday and another soup on a rotating basis. While I’m not partial to roast beef sandwiches, I do like their roasted turkey and the Westphanian ham sandwiches very much. The crostadas can be very tasty, though there is a tendency to add so many ingredients that they cancel each other out in a fit of overkill. If you’re a vegetarian, Dahlia makes a superb vegetarian sandwich each day plus an elaborate salad of the day. And if you like desserts, you have a surfeit of great sweets to choose from. During summer, be sure to try the ice cream sandwich.
But I especially wanted to talk about the Frye cafe as it is off the beaten track of local restaurants. The setting is lovely surrounded by light-filled windows and the museum water pool. There is also an outdoor verandah that is quiet and elegant. I enjoyed a delicious shrimp & cod chowder with my 3 year old son. This is a kid who’s highly suspicious of meat & fish. For hm to enjoy this as much as he did is a real triumph! I ordered the curry chicken sandwich & wasn’t hugely impressed, but the desserts…O man were they good. I had the walnut chocoloate torte (dense & INTENSE) & my son had the bannana cake w. cream icing. Mmmm!
If you’re worried about the underwhelming sandwich, I’ve had lots of other main courses there that were terrific & the cafe is well worth a visit if you happen to be nearby.
704 Terry Ave. (near James)
2001 4th (near Virginia)
309 3rd Ave South (near King Street Station)