- The smell here is so good that you go straight to the counter, only later doubling back to browse stacked bookshelves that resemble the eclectic collection of someone you wish you knew. Second-hand books and new magazines are all for sale, but you are welcome to simply read them at your table. Owners come in early each morning to cook the day's menu (which is divided into "chapters") from scratch. Pastries, tarts, waffles, quiches and pies are all on offer. Sandwiches include the Flaubert (French Dip with swiss cheese) and the Bukowski (ham on rye), both served with baked beans and a pickle. Be sure to wash it all down with some wine or a draft beer. Neighborhood professors hold philosophy salons in the café, and lectures covering everything from Tibetan Buddhism to music theory are held here as well. Live jazz can be heard if you're lucky, and the outdoor garden is open until 10p. Warm and inviting, the Read takes on the character of its staff and regulars. See website for menu and more.
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