As one might expect, the combination of solidly executed food, good coffee and fair prices at Amélie's results in a restaurant that is as busy as the industrial intersection beyond its large windows. Fun decorations, comfortable seating and plentiful parking help as well.
Sitting down to work for a few hours in a cafe, enjoying a large cafe au lait and a tasty tartine with classic French flavors, feels like a treat, and it's nice not having to pay $10 to use the restaurant's wifi. It makes you reflect on the fact that nice things don't have to be expensive. Think of it this way: It costs nothing to cut your toast in half, but doesn't it seem so much better cut on the diagonal? Real sophistication comes from the extra effort to make something better, not from the price tag attached to it.