Stumbled into a very cool little section of town over the holidays – a little alley called Claude Lane. Greeted by a vibrant colorful mural announcing the street, painted over a corner building. Looks like a group called “1AM” painted it. We enjoyed walking around the little shops and checking it all out on foot, as no cars come in down the pavement.
Had a wonderful lunch at Cafe Claude, yummy food and good service in a small romantic setting.
We ordered the Arugula salad ($9, arugula, parmesan, champignons de paris, lemon thyme vinaigrette) and the chicken- Poulet Rôti ($14, (half roasted chicken with lemon, niçoise olives, rosemary, and sautéed swiss chard). Both were excellent, fresh tasty flavors, done to perfection. In the outside patio seating area a great liitle Rimbaud tribute was painted on the partition.
After lunch we stopped in at the 5 Claude Lane Gallery, right next door. A very nice, bright and open gallery space with a photo exhibit up at the time. Titled “A Community in the Making” the photos by Susie Bieler left me bored and yawning. However, checked out the gallery’s website and saw that they had a few previous shows I very much wish I could have seen. Artists whose work is enchanting and edgy – Jason Mecier and “Machinations“. So I will be back to visit at some point, if they pursue that direction. Currently they are exhibiting “Stained” works by Vera Costa.
All in all, a great little area to amble away some hours, shop, eat and art. Loved it!