Well, they got the atmosphere right… You walk into the stand alone building in the town of Midlothian, and immediately are drawn in by the aroma of coffee beans, and the crackling of a real wood fire. It’s charming really, with original artwork covering the walls and big cushy leather chairs near the […]
Well, they got the atmosphere right… You walk into the stand alone building in the town of Midlothian, and immediately are drawn in by the aroma of coffee beans, and the crackling of a real wood fire. It’s charming really, with original artwork covering the walls and big cushy leather chairs near the hearth, this seems like the perfect place to curl up and spend a chilly afternoon. There’s just one problem… the price! I wasn’t very hungry the day we went, and thus asked to try the café’s meat and cheese plate. Thankfully I asked the price, because my little nibble could have cost me a whopping $18 dollars. I opted to just sip on a glass of wine ($9) and share some of my husband’s $9 curried chicken wrap. Our friends had their little boy with them, and ordered a child’s grilled cheese for $6.
While some of the food brought to our table was very good, it was hard to see why it cost as much as it did. One of the sandwiches, a chicken and gorgonzola Panini was described by a member of our group as very bland and certainly appeared to leave something to be desired. It was also quite frankly a little on the small side. On the flip side, the restaurant’s club sandwich was huge, and for 10 bucks it should have been. I will say that the sandwiches did come with really delicious home-made potato chips.
As for the coffee, it was decent, but nothing you couldn’t get out at most coffee shops.
While the service was very good, and the management very accommodating, there were a few odd things that kept us from being completely satisfied. The chairs at each table were very rickety, and fairly uncomfortable. Once we finished our meal, we moved in front of the fire to enjoy the more comfortable seating arrangements. Oddly enough these chairs were crawling with flies. No, there weren’t tons of them, but each of the chairs seemed to attract at least 3 or 4 flies, which seemed odd considering it was a rainy day in March. It’s as if they were drawn to the fabric on the chairs! All in all, this restaurant is trying really hard to be the area’s go-to spot for coffee, wine, and casual eats. And I wouldn’t say that it’s a complete waste of time, but they need to find a way to get their prices in check… and for God sakes figure out what the deal is with all of those flies!