Le Café Stella Director of Operations Larry Nobles with a plate of beer steamed mussels with shallots and garlic.

Paul Wellman

Le Café Stella Director of Operations Larry Nobles with a plate of beer steamed mussels with shallots and garlic.

Le Café Stella

Ambience of a European Café with Generous American Portions

Where: 3302 McCaw Ave., (805) 569-7698,

What: The ambience of a European café with generous American portions.

How Much: Breakfast all day, $10-$14; prime rib au jus, $27.

The Dish: Craving breakfast for dinner or dinner for lunch? Le Café Stella provides an extensive menu of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all-day nibbles. In typical French-American café fashion, Stella highlights the intricacies of French cooking with a satisfying, laid-back American twist. An all-day (9am-10pm daily) menu includes such treats as beef sliders with bacon, a bucket of sweet potato fries, and a chicken brie baguette with rich rémoulade spread. Breakfast (served until 11:30am) features sweet and savory crêpes, brioche French toast, or bananas foster waffles, among various egg dishes. A 10-ounce prime rib au jus can be ordered all day on the outdoor, dog-friendly patio and enjoyed alongside Green Star Coffee or very moderately priced wine, beer, or cocktails. Happy Hour runs daily, 4-7 p.m.

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