Algiers may be the only Cambridge coffeehouse to have been written up in
The Times of London, which raved about the café's excellent
beverages ($1.75 to $3.25) and cited the frequent and easily overheard debates
between Harvard professors as they sip afternoon tea ($2.50 a pot). Also, since
it's just next to the Brattle Theatre, the café attracts many filmgoers
who discuss classic movies over late-night coffee.
But being renowned for coffee and atmosphere means that too often the
café's inexpensive and delicious food is overlooked. This is an
excellent café for a hearty brunch or a light dinner. Breakfast dishes
($2.95 to $7.25) include airy omelets, french toast, and pancakes. Lunch and
dinner entrées ($4.95 to $9.95) feature such tasty sandwiches as the
spicy Merguesa (with lamb, hummus, tuna, felafel, and fresh parsley) and the
baba ghanoosh (stuffed with eggplant, tahini, olive oil, and garlic). Cheese
lovers should try the cheese plate, which features generous portions of
odoriferous camembert, havarti, feta, and port salut. There are over a dozen
entrées, and most come with fresh pita bread.
Algiers, located at 40 Brattle Street (Harvard Square), in Cambridge, is
open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight, and on Friday and
Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Call 492-1557.
-- Theresa Regli