Café du Soleil opened last week in the space formerly occupied by Movida. For the neighborhood, it seems like a win-win situation: le Soleil still serves the wine-and-beer under the same license as Movida, plus it has fresh organic breads and croissants (plain $2) delivered every morning. And outside seating. And open-faced sandwiches, aka. tartines ($8 for lunch with a salad or homemade chips, $5 for dinner for a half order). On the other hand, closing time is 10pm, a bit earlier than Movida, so one now has to hop a block to Toronado, Noc-Noc, the Mad Dog, etc. for their late night libations. We cannot review le Soleil without a favorable bias, we live up the street and have been going there to fetch our baguette ($1.50).

To talk about Café du Soleil's, we called the owner, Pascal Rigo, our compadre, and had a little chat with him, en français. Everyone has been eating Pascal's bread: he is the man behind Bay Bread and a bunch of bakeries and restaurants: la boulangerie, la boulange de cole, la boulange de polk, rigolo, cortez, galette, le petit robert, chez nous. Sometimes, we have been eating his bread unknowingly: he sells bread to most of the best dining rooms in the city: the ritz-carlton, aqua, gary danko's, and the one we all patronize, trader joe's.

More about Café du Soleil and our chat with Pascal Rigo after the jump. Photos courtesy of Yoriko Fukushi and