Unlike busy cab drivers, sandwiches don't protest when you hold them tight and gently nibble them. Grab agreeable grub with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of salads, soups, sandwiches, and other lunch fare at The Abbey Espresso Bar & Café in Belleville.
Amid the buzz of weekly card games and chess matches and the wafting fragrance of freshly ground coffee, this Belleville eatery serves up a menu of homemade platefuls and pastries for satisfied diners. Sandwich-seekers can sink their teeth into The Abbey's cold sammie-speciality, The Abbey club, in which bread brings together ham, salami, turkey, cheddar and swiss with savory diplomacy ($6.95). In the fresh air of The Abbey's outdoor covered patio, veggie hunters may spear the café's signature salad sporting mandarin oranges and feta cheese ($6.95) or opt to snack on a selection from the smorgasbord of hot sandwiches ($6.95) or soup du jour ($3.75). The Abbey promotes local artistry through rotating art exhibits, which customers can contemplate while they sip coffee and sample sweets. Local musicians strum strings on Saturday mornings, providing a more pleasant soundtrack than a bluebird sweetly singing you compliments.
- Scones, muffins and bagels are big hits among café-goers, as is the free wifi. Quite often for breakfast and lunch a hurried business crowd comes and goes, and in the evenings things slow down a bit and the café attracts an artsy relaxed customer, quite often typing away on his or her laptop or chatting with friends. – Metromix St. Louis