If you’re looking for a quick, reasonably-priced lunch in a quirky environment, Cafe C could be the perfect weekday escape. My only complaint about this vibrant yet quaint little restaurant so far is that they’re not open on the weekends. Business hours only include weekday lunch: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Imagine a less-fussy, locally-owned, offbeat version of Panera Bread and you have Cafe C. Cafe C offers a variety of soups, sandwiches and salads. Since my first visit, I have tried to make it to lunch there at least once a week, and try a different sandwich or salad each time. With 13 signature sandwiches on the menu, and about 15 salads, needless to say I haven’t tried them all.
Among my favorites are the “New Delhi Chicken Salad”, a curry chicken salad served over a bed of greens and fresh fruit with a tangy Asian-style dressing and the “Grace’s Garden Sandwich”, a huge sandwich made on your choice of bread, loaded with tons of fresh veggies and topped off with guacamole and hummus. The tuna salad is also quite delicious.
Cafe C is a casual, order at the counter restaurant. The service is always fast and friendly. My boyfriend and I are regular customers and we are always greeted with something like, “Hey! Good to see you again… how have you been?” It gives the place a homey feeling. We have even been offered free “dessert shots.” Yummm.
Cafe C usually runs a $5.99 lunch special that includes half of a sandwich of your choice and a side salad or cup of soup. If you order a full sandwich (which are very large), it comes with your choice of chips or the salad of the day (pasta salad, black bean salad etc.), and a drink. The sandwiches and salads range in price from about $7 to $10.
My favorite part about the restaurant is the brightly colored walls and tables and interesting wall art. They also have an outdoor patio where you can sit and enjoy the weather. My visits to Cafe C have become my favorite part of Friday afternoon.
Do as their motto says and “Celebrate Lunch Today!”
Atmosphere: business lunch meets eclectic and artsy