For the past 20 years, Red Light Cafe has been a little bit of a secret among its patrons—a place where the craft beer and comfort food fare comes standard with some of the best bluegrass and acoustic acts around.We're all for stretching our legs and venturing outside the city for a hidden gem or two. But every now and then, the very best of those diamonds-in-the-rough are hiding in plain sight. Case in point: Red Light Cafe, an eclectic little haven for music-lovers sequestered in the midst of Midtown. For the past 20 years, Red Light Cafe has been a little bit of a secret among its patrons; a place where the craft beer and comfort food fare comes standard with some of the best bluegrass and acoustic acts around. (We don't know about y'all, but we aren't exactly ones to turn down a side of Old Crow Medicine Show with our pimento cheese toast.)
Bedecked with string lights, lanterns and artwork, Red Light Cafe is something of a cross between a bohemian neighborhood cafe and an intimate listening room for serious music-lovers. Aside from longevity, the other indicator of this place's awesomeness can be found in how much the employees dig it. Take former employee-turned-owner Ellen, for example: she loved the place so much she didn't just stick around for 14 years—she bought the joint herself. Nowadays, the Cafe's sporting a fresh coat of paint, updated sound system, new renovations, a stellar craft cocktail menu and a brand-spankin'-new brunch. But other than that, the atmosphere is pretty much the same it was two decades ago: easygoing, laid-back and hidden in plain sight. The small army of devoted regulars couldn't be happier about that—and now that we're happily counting ourselves among said league of fans, neither could we.
Baked Pimento Cheese Baguette Rounds, $8
Vegetarian Black Bean Soup, $7
Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich, $10
Apple Bacon Swiss Melt, $9
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