The place is nice and laid back. It is great to be able to watch people go by in one of the few areas where there is actual foot traffic in this city. However, sometimes I feel as if the staff are a little prejudiced toward what I call the "hemp-necklace" crowd and can be quite dismissive toward people who don't wear the badges of their little alternative society, such as ragged clothes, multiple piercings, and tattoos.
We used to stop in to grab coffee on our way to work quite a lot. Owner was nice, but so chatty that it kind of got on our nerves...so we didn't go in as much. The last time we did stop in, she must have been in a bad mood, because when we placed our coffee orders she said something to the effect of "It's going to be awhile because I'm cooking these orders" in a snippy voice. Okay.....fine.....sorry to have bothered you. And we haven't been back since.
A great and varied dessert selection, but their coffee really leaves something to be desired. Good coffee is a must for a good dessert shop.
Food here is high quality with great presentation. I have to say that I feel the B Line is a little overpriced for what it is, however. Just bear that in mind if you choose to go here: it is good, but spendy.
The B Line serves a variety of standard cafe fare, sandwiches, soups, and salads, as well as a heartier assortment of entrees, such as Penne alla Vodka and Salmon Salad.
I had the Salmon Salad; the salmon was deliciously marinated and grilled, then laid on a generous bed of mixed greens with various garden salad fixings on the side. You get a choice of dressing, and I chose Soy Ginger. I do wish the greens had been chopped before serving, as there were huge pieces that were awkward. That's my only complaint about the otherwise fine meal.
Someone in our party had a quesedilla, which he claimed was the best he'd ever had.
Everyone in our party was satisfied with the food.
The B Line is housed in a restored building on 4th avenue, which has a rustic kind of ambiance. It's very visually appealing.
The B Line is also usually very populated; would be nice if it stayed opened later. The owner also maintains Time Market at University and 4th ave, which is another Tucson favorite of mine.
Great atmosphere, always fun to sit at the big communal table by the register. Small but always good beer and wine selection. Favorite tonight was the vanilla porter.
The food has always been competently prepared and worth the price; has never really wowed me until tonight's salmon salad. Try the avocado dressing.
Rotating dessert display is the best in town I can say tonight, but I'll give the Cup another chance next week.
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