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“Terrific food, but sort of do-your-own service”
Review of City Lights Cafe

City Lights Cafe
Ranked #8 of 72 Restaurants in Sylva
Price range: $1 - $13
Cuisines: Healthy, Cafe
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Description: We are a casual counter-service cafe with local and organic selections, as well as gluten-free and dairy-free options. We serve local draft beer, wine by the glass and bottle as well as locally roasted coffees and espresso drinks. We have a pet-friendly patio and free wifi.
Reviewed September 3, 2013

This little restaurant is underneath an amazing bookstore a block off of Main Street. The food was fabulous, with fresh ingredients that were mostly locally sourced. The pasta dishes have the option to split an entree and add more bread and salad for only $4 more and that was plenty of food for 2 of us. However, you place your order at the counter when you walk in and are encouraged to bus your own dishes when you finish up. Several employees did stop by our table to make sure we had everything we needed though. You pay before you get the food, so if you pay with a credit card you have to add the tip before you know how the service is set up. I would definitely go back for the wonderful food. They also had several beers from local breweries on tap.

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1  Thank Reba100
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

The food is really fresh, and the ambiance of the place is great. Plus there is an awesome bookstore upstairs

Thank TFree1
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

I loved this place! the food was good, it was charming and eccentric. The only problem was the line was somewhat slow and the chairs a bit hard. Other than that -- I will definitely plan to go back.

Thank RubyRed45
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Being on vacation, we didn't want to eat at a chain restaurant and we were happy to find this restaurant based on TripAdvisor reviews. This place was wonderful and the food was so delicious! You order up at a counter (where there were SO many delicious choices!!) and they being the food to you. We were there on a weekend for lunch, so it did take a while for the food to come but they realized it was taking a long time, so they brought us a few chips to hold us over. Once the food arrived, it was terrific and worth the wait! When a restaurant is filled with locals, you know you came to the right place.

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Thank Pairandspare
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

What a wonderful treat! We came to town for the (also wonderful) bookstore upstairs, but lured by the scent of the great coffee, we wandered down and wound up having dinner there. The fresh ingredients and the variety of choices (veggie, vegan, GF) made it easy to find just what we wanted, and the atmosphere was wonderful: friendly staffers, a quiet community meeting at the other end of the space, a gathering of dogs and their people out on the patio. There's a great selection of craft beers, our entrees (pastas and panini sandwiches) were delicious, and we hated to leave.

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2  Thank FamilyManDD
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