April 29, 2009
New home for Plan B Cafe

Growing up in the Greenhaven/Pocket area was good enough, though dining options weren't so decent back then. Sure, we had such standbys as Shari's in the Lakecrest Village shopping center, soup and sandwiches at Rainbow's End, Chinese food at Chopsticks Express ... but you really had to go elsewhere for a proper sit-down dinner. You could at least haul over to South Land Park and feast at Neptune's Table - a restaurant where yours truly bussed tables in the summer before college.

Many other eateries opened in the Greenhaven/Pocket area over the years, but Plan B Cafe truly elevated the culinary scene in these 'burbs upon opening in 2007. Mussels and rainbow trout, California and French vino, a hefty hangar steak ... it was enough to return to my old stomping grounds with a rumbling stomach. But less than two years later, Plan B Cafe was done. Its Greenhaven Dr. location has since been taken over by Ravenous Cafe, an equally solid eatery which merited four stars in Blair Anthony Robertson's recent review. (I'll vouch for the tastiness of the pappardelle with mushrooms and roasted chicken, and the rich risotto).

Reminiscing aside, I've got some good news to report. Plan B Cafe just opened at its new home at the Arden Town Center (Fair Oaks Blvd. at Watt Ave.). The menu appears to be much of the same: mussels with pommes frites, 12 oz. grilled rib-eye, roasted tomato tartelettes and the like. Owner Lionel Lucas says that dinner is now being served Tuesday through Saturday, and expects to add lunch within the next two weeks. Sounds like the Greenhaven faithful will be trekking to a different 'burb to get their Plan B fix. For more information: (916) 483-3000 or check

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