Woodley Cafe

$$$$ ($15-$24)

Editorial Review

The Woodley Cafe is a casual, accommodating kind of place. There's a bar full of regulars and an outdoor area that bustles in warm weather. At the wooden tables, neighborhood residents mix with tourists from the nearby hotels.
The food is spotty, but if you choose carefully, you can have an enjoyable meal. The Cobb salad is large, and its avocado is perfect. The ample pizzas have a delicious thin crust, with toppings that range from chicken and broccoli to artichoke and goat cheese. Calzones, lasagne and chicken potpie, baked in the restaurant's wood-burning oven, are better than most of the entrees. The BLT and the hamburgers are generous and tasty, served with french fries and a slice of dill pickle. The desserts, however, are nothing special -- the tiramisu is ordinary and the souffle just a step above.
It's too bad the restaurant is so inconsistent -- if only the bread on the table were as good as that pizza crust. But the enthusiastic servers and genial atmosphere go a long way toward compensating for the kitchen's faults, making the Woodley Cafe a great place to stop in with friends when food is not at the top of your agenda.
-- Eleanor Dunn