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Monday morning in the city. How do you feel like you're in Paris and not shell out megabucks? Come right here to Café Chloë (721 Ninth, at the corner of Ninth and G, 619-232-3242).

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Logo image of owners' daughter Chloe

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Crossing to the cafe at the corner of 9th and G

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Outside seating

And order the croissant with prosciutto and cheese ($3.50), along with a coffee ($3.25, but you get refills).

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Morning coffee (Their own blend, from West Bean. Good, smooth)

And they have this nice rock sugar that you dunk in with tongs.

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I swear, there's something about coffee plus that ham-and-cheese flavor combined with the croissant...

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...(and don't forget to ask for a dish of butter) that just tastes what you think of as, well, French. (Sorry Freedom Fries fans, can't help loving those Gallics.) And, of course, you've gotta dunk the croissant in your coffee. Everybody does, because it's so danged delicious.

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Coffee's not cheap but Hannah keeps you topped up

Okay, gotta resist the big breakfast dishes such as "poached eggs with wild mushrooms and sage truffle beurre blanc" ($12.50) or "zucchini and chèvre (goat cheese?) omelette with fingerling potatoes and Toulouse sausage," also $12.50.

But that's okay. This definitely takes the edge off your hunger and saves you one long flight to La Belle France.

Yes, it suddenly gets chilly outside when the sun gets stopped by a cloud (like right now), but that's part of the adventure, right?

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Chilly dogs guard entrance

Oh yeah, don't forget to bring your beret.

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