CAFEMercy Medical Center, 301 St. Paul Place...


November 16, 1991|By Mary Maushard


Mercy Medical Center, 301 St. Paul Place. Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Call 659-2900; FAX 332-0325.

Got a hankering for hospital food? Probably not, but this is different. If you're looking for a clean, friendly place to pick up breakfast, lunch or an early dinner, City Springs Cafe at the renovated Mercy Medical Center is worth considering. This self-service cafe is more downtown deli than hospital cafeteria. It's a bright, quiet room off the new lobby with windows overlooking the hospital's circular drive. You can carry your food out, of course, or eat in.

The menu includes a sampling of sandwiches and salads, with some intriguing combos, such as Frazier's Finest -- Lebanon bologna, havarti and onion ($4) and Dublin's Dare -- medium rare roast beef and cole slaw with blue cheese ($4.15).

For those on restricted diets, there are low-salt ham and cheeses and a variety of crunchy condiments, such as alfalfa sprouts and sun-dried tomatoes.

There are hot dishes -- including soup and quiche -- that change daily. Recently, these included minestrone, stuffed green peppers and meatballs and spaghetti. I had a side order of macaroni and cheese ($1.25). It was creamy with a rich, cheesy flavor.

The cafe offers a variety of muffins, pastries and luscious-looking desserts. And with them, how about a cup of cappuccino?

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