BEST PLACE TO DINE ALONE - 2005
The café at Books & Books in Coral Gables
www.booksandbooks.com You're not really alone when you're with a good book. At least that's what you can tell yourself when you're seated, alone, with a good book plucked from the shelves surrounding you at the Books & Books café. Honestly, words can provide incomparable companionship, and there are millions and millions of words available here to serve as erudite escorts for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The indoor portion of the café is located in a passageway between the two main retail rooms, a series of booths facing the cookbook section and a charming courtyard -- the preferred seating on most occasions (as well as one of the nicest spots for an informal Sunday brunch). The menu is a medley of sprightly soups, salads, sandwiches, and specials. The baked goods and steamy cappuccinos are especially apt for a sweet afternoon rendezvous with Rabelais. Maybe you'll meet someone else dining alone, with a good book, and you'll fall in love and live happily ever after. Or is that the book you're reading?
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