Panolivo French Bistro 1344 Park St./14th St., downtown, (805) 239-3366. B-L daily, D F-Sat; $. Though the bakery here seems to be the focus--the exquisite chocolate croissant is to die for--full meals are also served in a spacious dining area. Breakfast is particularly popular and is served all day. At lunch, housemade sandwiches, quiches, soups, salads, and french fries join the menu.
Jaffa Cafe. You order at the counter, and service is super quick. My favorite is the falafel plate composed of crispy orbs, tasty hummus, and the best pita bread (imported from San Luis Obsipo). A pastry here is a must, and a tiny pear-almond tart did not disappoint.
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