Vietnamese coffee and sandwiches on Penn Ave.
Ineffable Ca Fe opened in August as a Vietnamese coffee bar at 3920 Penn Ave. in Lower Lawrenceville, but it’s as much a draw for sandwich geeks.
For breakfast there’s an egg on brioche layered with cheese and a generous serving of bacon, while the sweet banh mi bo duong is a warm baguette dressed with butter and sugar. Come 11 a.m., the menu steps up the sandwiches, with four versions of banh mi — braised pork belly, marinated pork, grilled lemongrass chicken, and fried tofu — each for around $8, served with cucumber, pickled carrot and daikon, jalapeno, and cilantro.
Though Ineffable Ca Fe is fast-casual ordering, there’s plenty of room to spread out, with couches, communal tables, bar seating, outdoor tables and traditional tables-and-chair setups. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, but take note there’s only a chalkboard menu and there’s no call-ahead ordering yet.
New coffee shop in Millvale
Enrico’s Tazza D’Oro has opened at 524 Grant Ave. in Millvale, owner Amy Enrico’s third location following the flagship in Highland Park and another at Carnegie Mellon University. Town advocates told her they were looking for a “community staple,” she says. “That’s what we love and what we’re about.” In addition to espresso, coffee, and pastries, the location will offer sandwiches, salads, quiche and items like banana bread. The new location is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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