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Place: Cafe Intermezzo
Where:1845 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
Reservations Needed: No, but recommended for parties of 12 or more. Evening reservations are available before 8:00pm Sunday through Thursday, and before 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday.
Breakfast, Lunch, Diner Sunday-Thursday 10AM to 2AM,Friday & Saturday until 3AM.
I had taken last Friday off to spend time with a couple of friends but I couldn't resist writing this review.
We went to Cafe Intermezzo in Atlanta on Peachtree Rd. Cafe Intermezzo has been one of the best cafes in Atlanta for years. I've always gone in the evening or early morning hours and its a great spot to come wind down after a night out. Not much has changed at Cafe Intermezzo, and for good reason. Its comfortable and laid back and features an intimate setting that's also perfect for a date night. Couple that with great service, food, and drinks, and you couldn't have a better place. We arrived well after midnight and there was a moderate-sized crowd of other Atlanta Nocturnal Adventurers, which added to the atmosphere; making it feel like you just walked right into the “cool” scene of a movie. Even with the number of guests on hand our server delivered impeccable service; before we could even look around to call for her attention, she was already on her way to us to fulfill our requests.
Cafe Intermezzo is a wonderful venue for cocktails. Their spirits menu is wide-ranging with various mixed drinks, wines, beers, and my favorite: the martinis. They Key Lime Martini is a great choice and the Key Lime flavor is captured perfectly without being too sweet or too weak. I prefer the Ketel One Vodka in my martinis, although they do offer other top shelf selections such as Ciroc and Grey Goose.
The dinner menu is extensive, with a full offering of appetizers; soups and salads; various styles of
I once again ordered my favorite sandwich, The Rueben.The Rueben sandwich Cafe Intermezzo prepares was definitely worthy of having a top spot on my list. It’s served on warm, toasted Marble Rye bread with tender house-made and delicately marbled corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Cafe Intermezzo’s own Russian dressing. My friend ordered one as well. She is a New Yorker and very particular about her Reuben sandwiches; there was nothing left on her plate. We shared an order of home fried potatoes that were a perfect accompaniment to the corned beef. My other companion ordered the Hummus Platter with pita bread and Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, cucumber and tomatoes. The spicy hummus was authentic; spread it on the pita bread with a bite of cool cucumber and its a delightful appetizer or light meal.
Cafe Intermezzo has the greatest dessert selection I've seen in Atlanta lately. The cheesecakes, cakes, and pies are of gourmet status, made in-house daily, and the choices vary from time to time. The Plain Cheesecake is rich and blended to just the right texture. I am sure New Yorkers would not
be disappointed if they decide upon this item. The Caramel Apple Pie is the absolute best pie to ever reach my palate. I don’t think even homemade pie could compare! The sweet hint of caramel combined with the fresh apple filling and buttery crust makes for the ultimate comfort dessert. I couldn’t resist ordering a second slice (which I left in the car overnight and it still tasted just as good the next day). For the ultimate sweet tooth the Turtle Cheesecake is a top pick. The smooth and creamy cheesecake filling which is blended with milk chocolate, topped with chocolate chips and chocolate and caramel sauces also possessed the same gourmet quality and taste as the other desserts I sampled. The remains of the Turtle Cheesecake also met the same fate as the Caramel Apple Pie (being left in the car) but not to worry, it was still delectable after being temporarily abandoned. It turned into a kind of mousse-pudding. Delicious. To cap off our meal we had a few cups of Cafe Intermezzo's fresh brewed coffee that is served in your own personal 3-cup container.
I encourage everyone to go to Cafe Intermezzo and try something, anything. You will not be disappointed, even if you are just dropping in for coffee and a bagel. They have a reputation for offering excellent food at reasonable prices, and professional service while maintaining a friendly, relaxed environment.
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