Lunch at Cafe of Love in Mount Kisco

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I know there are a gazillion restaurants that recently opened in Mount Kisco, but the last time I was there for lunch I knew I needed to try one I’d heard so much about, yet never been: Cafe of Love. Leslie Lampert, a former food editor with an amazing story, opened the restaurant about a year and a half ago, following the success of her soup stand, Ladle of Love. It’s a cae in the true sense of the word, with a comfortable, romantic look and a simple menu using seasonal and local ingredients.

I went for lunch and it was super-super loud:

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Almost all the customers were (young) ladies who lunch:

I was alone so I sat at the bar. You can see the big urn of sangria down the left side:

A big crowd at the round table in the window behind me:

There’s a big farm table in the center of the restaurant where you can help yourself to snacks:

Sorry for the blur… but here’s the shelving and bottles behind the bar:

Cool placemat:

I ordered the heirloom tomato panino with a side of fries:

I liked it but wished for a little bit more tomato. The bread was terrific and the fries were crisp and light.

I can’t believe it took me this long to get to Cafe of Love. (I adore Lampert’s soups at Ladle of Love.) I’ll need to come back at dinner and try a few other things. And, of course, that sangria.

What do you all think of Cafe of Love?

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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