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Hidden Gem: Monument Boulevard's 1800 Cafe

Shhh. Don't tell anyone, but there's a cafe on Monument Boulevard with tasty food, cheap beer and Wi-Fi to boot. Have you tried this hidden gem in Concord?

Locals already know about 1800 Cafe — oh yes. In fact, on a recent afternoon, two women sat in a booth talking about how much they love the place and how often they bring friends, colleagues and out-of-towners to show it off.

And for good reason.

This "hidden gem" located in the mini-strip mall at 1800 Monument Blvd. is headed by seasoned chef and restaurateur May Wang. She subscribes to the philosophy that if her customers aren't happy with the food or service — they shouldn't have to pay. The result is friendly and attentive staff, as well as a robust menu of dishes that customers say taste as delicious as they look.

The cafe itself more spacious than the average cramped diner, with booths running along one side by the window looking out to Monument Boulevard. A large HD TV hangs above the counter, and another on the wall around the corner, and free Wi-Fi is available for customers. The glowing fridge is stocked with various kinds of pies, all of which go for $2.95 a slice. 

There is also a selection of bottled beer, usually $2.95 for domestic brands and $3.50 for imported, but reduced to $1.99 each during happy hour between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. every day.

As for the food — the ample choices span breakfast, lunch and dinner and include daily specials. The breakfast menu boasts all the staples as well as a selection of pancakes and waffles, 10 types of omelet, a variety of egg scrambles and a "country skillet" piling eggs, cheese and meat on top of biscuits and gravy. 

Lunch and dinner offerings range from sandwiches, burgers and salads to steak, pork chops and fish Florentine, plus a selection of pastas. View the full menu on the 1800 Cafe website.

1800 Cafe is open from 7 a.m to 9 p.m. every day, with free parking available in front. 

Have you been to 1800 Cafe? What did you think? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Emily Henry December 01, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Any food recommendations from regulars? I loved the shrimp salad and am looking forward to breakfasting there soon!
Marnie Sheehan Carter December 04, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Daily breakfast special is always a treat and fits right for the pocketbook!

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