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Elm Café will be perfect for summer

In a warmer climate, Elm Café would be the best downtown lunch cart.

Elm Café
10140 117 St
780-756-3356

elmcafe.ca

Rating: ***1/2
Price range: Low
Reservations: No
Category: Solo lunch
Time in: 12:20
Time out: 12:30
Licensed: No

In a warmer climate, Elm Café would be the best downtown lunch cart.


Legions of office workers and road crews would crowd in for a gourmet lunch panini and cup of exquisite espresso. “The Elm” would be an unofficial stop for every passing bus.


In the bone-chilling December afternoon, however, it was a cozy little lunch counter with enough space for two chairs. I picked up an $8 tuna melt and returned to my car.


The thin bread, crisped in the sandwich press, was perfect. Boursin goat cheese seemed to be an odd pair with the prosaic tuna, but the addition of sweet apple and shallots carried the sandwich into the sublime.


I sipped at the rich, B.C.-roasted coffee ($2.50) and looked around at the steady stream of Jasper Ave traffic. People on foot would stop for a sandwich: perhaps over-vehicularized Edmontonians will be lucky enough to make the trip.

 
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