About 11 years ago, John Clute, Alison McGrath and Jerry and Chrissy Reynolds opened a lovely little gem of a cafe in blustering downtown San Diego. Set a bit away from the melee that is the Gaslamp, they planted themselves and their darling little French cafe on the corner of 9th and G. They felt that San Diego really needed a European-style cafe that could cater to many of the inhabitants of downtown, and, boy, were they ever right. Cafe Chloe is egalitarian in nature. You can enjoy a cappuccino and pastry while finishing a term paper, or enjoy a four-course breakfast, lunch or dinner. Their mainly-French wine list is out of this world and very reasonably priced, especially for downtown.

Honestly, Cafe Chloe is a bit of a deal. They offer classic dishes like Steak Frites alongside perfectly cooked Salmon with a blood orange buerre blanc. Did someone say poached eggs on mushrooms and toast with a sage-truffle butter? Oh wait, I did? Well, it was an absolutely divine breakfast. Move over, eggs and bacon—there’s a new sheriff in breakfast town. The cheese plate actually makes sense, and you will enjoy every accoutrement that is paired with the generous portions of artisan cheeses. I just love when things make sense, don’t you? The dishes are thoughtful and tasty. We enjoyed both a brunch and a dinner because, you know, research, and went away happy and a little more fat both times.

So they have successfully perfected a little Cafe/Bistro. You would think they might just rest upon their laurels and praise themselves for a job well done. This is not the case. There is some very exciting news from the Cafe Chloe family. They are opening two new restaurants this year! They are bringing their expertise and attention to detail to Liberty Station with Chloe at Scout, a cafe with a garden and event space opening in late summer. Full bar! They are already booking events. If you can’t wait till late summer, you don’t have to because they are putting a creperie in downtown. Crepes! Dessert crepes, savory crepes, yay! You know what is better than pancakes? CREPES! Their creperie will be called Minou, which has to be like the cutest name ever. It means pussycat in French and was the name of Picasso’s kittycat. Artsy crepes! Bring it on. I need a little culture in
my life.

Big things ahead for the Cafe Chloe crew, but you don’t have to wait, their flagship restaurant is amazing and open right now. So get down to 9th and G, order the cheese plate and a glass of wine. You deserve it, life is hard.

Cafe Chloe

721 9th Ave.

San Diego, CA 92101

619 232-3242