An eclectic mix of French, Caribbean, Asian and regional American cuisines are served at Café Mirage, housed in a funky converted gas station. The kitchen stays open until at least midnight (area chefs stop to snack here late at night), serving plates of smoked duck and goat cheese quesadillas with a chipotle dipping sauce, linguini with proscuitto, mushrooms, spinach, and goat cheese, and the very popular mussels marinères. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended for six or more.
Best Eclectic Menu; 2005. The dictionary definition of 'eclectic' is: Made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources. We say a yet more exacting definition is the cuisine (Caribbean, Cajun, French, and Asian) at Chef Dave Haggerty's gas station turned restaurant. Can you say andouille-spiked seafood gumbo in the am? And because of the kitchen's late hours (depending on the day, it's open until midnight to 2 am), the crowd, firemen, nurses, doctors, bartenders, and chefs, iis as eclectic as the menu.
Best Late Night Dining 2006
Best Bread Pudding; 2007. It's not sexy. It has no mojo. You won't find it on any modern or nuevo cuisine menu. Let's face it; bread pudding gets no respect in the culinary world. 'Sure it's old-fashioned,' admits Dave Haggerty, chef and owner of Cafe Mirage. 'But there aren't many other desserts more delicious. It's our best-seller.' Haggerty's bread-and-butter pudding with golden raisins and caramel sauce is made simply by soaking then baking leftover sandwich wedges from nearby Neri's Bakery in a mixture of eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. 'I melt butter over it at the end to really put it over-the-top.' Maybe old-fashioned isn't such a bad thing after all.