yesterday afternoon, we took the pup for a walk and ended up at cafe giuseppe at the corner of silver and wellesley. the old apartments at this corner have been "fixed up" with bright paint, nice landscaping, and some, uh, interesting rooflines, and there are a now a handful of retail spaces. guiseppe's has a lovely, simple interior and a cute, comfy patio (though I think it's still a work in progress). they also serve tasty snacks, and quality coffee.
my sweetie had a pretty solid americano and tried a half sandwich which had pesto, anchovy paste and tomatoes. he expressed a wish for heartier bread, but declared it really tasty. I had a cappuccino (no half and half available for a breve, but I'm pleased I can get one here in the future) and a small dark chocolate sweet. the capp was delicious--strong espresso and great foam. because the half sandwich was on the house (a cook's experiment?), we actually spent less than $5 for two espresso drinks and a chocolate, which was frankly amazing.
we'll definitely return to this place. it's wonderful to find good coffee in nob hill that doesn't cost a fortune. the atmosphere was nice, if feeling a little unfinished--I think they've only been open a very brief while. I'd love to see the owners find space for a small rack to sell interesting magazines, though that might be my recent mag addiction coming through. I think as the plants mature the little patio will be a real joy. there was international soccer on a tv in the second room, which perked up my sweetie's ears. and our dog was welcome on the patio too, which is a big draw for us. their sign says they open at 7:30 am, with no closing hour listed yet, and I believe they're open 7 days a week. I hope others check this place out, since I'd love to see it thrive.