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Cafe Rabelais

This tiny French cafe in Rice Village does a remarkable job of re-creating lovable peasant dishes from the French countryside. Try merguez and frites (lamb sausage and french fries) or a goat cheese-and-olive tart or even a chicken liver-and-poached-egg salad for lunch. The blackboard menu also might include steak salad, bavette frites (flank steak and french fries) or an old-fashioned vegetable potage. Cafe Rabelais's mottled cream-colored walls look like old plaster, and somehow the French rural look is absolutely charming despite the shopping center parking lot outside the window.
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  • Price: $$
  • Hours: Wednesday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 6-9 p.m.; Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 6-10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 6-10 p.m.
  • Outdoor seating: Sidewalk tables
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Parking: Lot available, Metered
  • Extra Services: Private-group dining
  • Takeout