When I swing by our neighborhood La Madeline, I almost always spot a neighbor or two that I know — especially if it’s the morning. This is the go-to coffee meeting spot, thanks to those bottomless cups and central location.

But should you want some breakfast with that coffee, this place doesn’t disappoint. I’m a big fan of the ‘Smart Choice’ menu, particularly the 300-calorie spinach omelette, and the 150-calorie strawberries Ramanoff. If you’re not watching your waistline, go for one of the quiches. My favorite is the Florentine: eggs, spinach and melted Swiss cheese in a delicate pastry shell. There are also dozens of morning pastries to pick from, as well as several American breakfast combos, like sausage, eggs, and hash browns.

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Breakfast here typically runs me about $10, and the portions are always plenty big. Plus, you get all the free fresh-baked bread you’d like with your meal. If you sign up for their electronic newsletter, you can also score some pretty good deals. I got a free bowl of soup this week, for example. And they’re about to unveil a new menu, so keep an eye out for some new selections.