Fast forward many years and a bazillion sweets later; there are plenty of vegan sweets to choose from and most of them are divine. I haven't been back to Candle since that fateful day, but I became a huge fan of Candle 79 shortly after they opened-- dessert included. After dining at C79 recently within a limited time frame (we didn't have a reservation), I thought to give the original Candle another try for dessert.
for my taste. Also, the whole pecans didn't bode well with me; I like nuts in cookies to be bits and prefer them toasted before becoming a cookie ingredient; these were neither. As
To make matters worse, we were barely halfway through the dessert when the waitress, who had yet to even check on us, unceremoniously plopped the bill down on the table and wordlessly ran away. VM had to flag her down to request a coffee refill, although she was right on top of us when it came time to retrieve the credit card. The final affront was when we asked for something to put our leftover cookie in and she flung a brown bag at us.
Perhaps if I had stumbled into Candle Cafe without the knowledge that it was related to Candle 79 I wouldn't have been so judgmental. I still would have left unimpressed, but perhaps not as disappointed as I was having just come from Candle 79. But the fact is, I had.
- While the entire atmosphere at C79 is serene, CC is frenetic with its too-close-together tables and, worse, distractingly noisy with the constant and irritating scream of the juicer.
- The service at C79 is consistently stellar: the hosts, waitstaff, and definitely the bus-staff is exceedingly more friendly, refined, accomodating, and knowledgable than any I've come across. Our waitress at CC behaved as though we were in a dive diner.
- Every plate at C79 is divine; nothing at CC was above mediocre.