IT WAS ONLY a matter of time before someone in this thirsty town united the boutique coffee roaster with the fine wine bar—and at Fonté, genuinely terrific food is the glue. The sleek blond-leather Euro café next to the Four Seasons Hotel across from SAM features a crisp layout as accommodating of tete-a-tetes as solo drop-ins, with noshes from the restless palate of superstar chef Jason Wilson (Crush). So with your single-origin French-press Sumatran or perfectly pulled cappuccino you can savor a ciabatta sandwich of applewood bacon, egg, cheese, and caramelized onion, then return in the afternoon for spiced lamb burger sliders or sesame seared tofu with a glass of wine curated by former Herbfarm sommelier Tysan Dutta. If service errs on the side of…relaxed, all this beauty and offhand excellence still makes Fonté our choice for a world-class downtown pit stop.


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