As the latest venture of Dorothy Mitrani-Bell owner of La Note, Clem has a very polished and Parisian feel to it. The menu is simple and true to its French roots, with fresh baguettes, croissants and soufflé eggs but baked goods are California organic. Breakfast and lunch items are offered with small café style seating perfect for cozy gatherings but not so convenient for large groups. Lines and food comes out hot and fast and on crowded or warm days, heavy vintage fans keep the air inside moving.
The patio is right beside the library but comfortably sectioned off and very tranquil with the rear running fountain of the nearby apartment building. This area also receives a hefty amount of sun but ample shade is thoughtfully provided.
Whether staying for a quick bite or for a couple of hours Café Clem welcomes you with a gentle Parisian bustle. Prices are fair on food items but can run high on the many tempting baked ones. By their late afternoon closing time menu choices start narrowing but employees are always ready with helpful recommendations. A growing art collection is also on view above the ordering area and of course a photo of Mitrani-Bell’s Great Grandfather, a proud looking Chef de Cuisine with his staff, a man who has probably offered some true hospitality, and passed it on to future generations.