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Cafe: The Duce

Is The Duce the neighborhood hangout that time forgot or a vision of what neighborhood hang outs might be in the future? We're not sure, but we definitely love stopping by. Where else can you get a vintage soda, spar a few rounds, pick up some soap, and watch Rocky and Bullwinkle under one roof?

Food Critic Michele Laudig on The Duce:

Despite the free-for-all atmosphere, the food is pretty decent. Sliders make up the biggest part of the menu, and I gobbled up all of them. The tuna salad and egg salad were both classic, homey versions done up with mayonnaise -- about what I'd expect, given the emphasis on Americana here. Juicy chicken sausage, simmered in PBR and then grilled, had a tasty bit of char, while meatballs soaked in marinara were plump and tender. Smoky, melt-in-your-mouth brisket sliders were my favorite.

Although I wasn't keen on the pear and pecan salad -- somehow, the lettuce lacked a satisfying crispness, like it had wilted a bit -- I was more than content with a brown paper bag full of "organic potato crisps" (basically, homemade potato chips), and a side of baked beans...full story

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Jonathan McNamara