So I'd agree with Smitty regarding the atmosphere at the neighborhood location. It's cavernous and less than warm and inviting, but THE FOOD MORE THAN MAKES UP FOR IT!!! Having lived the majority of my life in Chicago, the one thing I miss constantly is food. Good, authentic ethnic restaurants are VERY hard to come by in Western Montana, but dinner at Cafe Dolce has really hit the spot with the seasonal, changing, Italian dinner selections. They are currently serving a Braised Short Rib Ragu that is out of this world. There are several other pasta dishes that are delicious. Their pizzas are terrific, and don't get me started on desserts. With great food, and a great wine selection, dinner at Cafe Dolce's neighborhood location has become a fairly regular choice despite the warehouse-like atmosphere.
The breakfast is a must try. The coffee's good. It's a bit of a wait on weekends, but worth it.
Doc's can be daunting at first glance, because they have SO MANY choices. All their sandwiches are named after famous doctors (freud, kavorkian, doolittle, who) and always bring a smile. They've got cold and hot sandwich options, along with soups, salads and deserts. Watch out during the lunch hour though, as Doc's is always Packed with hungry folks.
I give Cafe Dolce four stars to round out the two locations. The stand-alone spot on the corner of Brooks and Beckwith is cafeteria like. I feel like it should be in a museum or something, not somewhere I would want to hang out by myself. The acoustics are not great - but the deck is awesome. Three Stars.
The Cafe Dolce in the mall is the bomb. I'd rather go to the mall location for lunch than the restaurant on beckwith. Sitting in the square by the big clock is a great way to people watch and you feel like you're in an arboretum. Four Stars
The food: Is great in both spots. Five Stars.
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