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Metcalfe's Market Hilldale Cafe

In a word: Shades of Robot Odyssey, this Sentry wants me to keep out.

The specs: #0772  
Address, hours & details via Isthmus.

JM ate the cinnamon roll and two milks.
Kat ate the spiced chickpea and spinach wrap with a banana.
Nichole ate the Monte Cristo with a banana.
The bill was about $8/person, plus tip.
Nichole gave Metcalfe's Market Hilldale Cafe a C-; JM gave Metcalfe's Market Hilldale Cafe a D+; Kat gave Metcalfe's Market Hilldale Cafe a D (see our grading rubric).

Last time we were at Metcalfe's Market Hilldale Cafe, nee Sentry Hilldale Cafe, their oven was broken so we got cold food. This time we learned that "All Day, Every Day" and "Open 6:30AM-6:30PM" somehow doesn't conflict with their policy of shutting down their oven before 6pm. It wasn't so bad last time, on a warm Labor Day, but on St. Nick's Day, we would have been grateful for some toasty sandwiches.

Menu

So Nichole nuked a Monte Cristo with pesto (no. just, no) and JM got a flaky cinnamon roll (yes please, ok).

Micro cristoCinnamon roll

WrapThe spiced chickpea and spinach wrap was the only item designed to be served cold, which made the disappointment of its groutlike texture all the sharper. It was more or less a highly peppered-hummus sandwich, and sounded better than it tasted.

That the sandwiches came with fruit was a plus; that the fruit offered was a green banana meant we had a snack for later.

It was another unremarkable meal saved by good company.

Be open, dammit. That's all we got.

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