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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review of Crave Cafe & Catering

PhotobucketI decided to take my kids to Crave Cafe & Catering for lunch after a recent trip to the zoo. I had never been before, but had a coupon and thought I'd try it out. I found it easily, but was disappointed to see it was only on-street parking, however it was free parking. I found a spot and we headed in.

PhotobucketIt looked like a nice, small, "mom and pop" type deli restaurant. There were several tables inside, and about 4 tables outside. The sandwiches and salads had catchy names, there were 3 soups to choose from, and there was a fountain machine for free refills off to the side. We walked up to the counter and browsed the menu. I know kids eat free every week day from 4 to 8pm, but I was surprised to see they didn't have a kids menu. When I ordered my Mellwood Sandwich and vegetable soup (see menu HERE), I asked what they had for kids. The woman behind the counter said they could basically make any sandwich I wanted for the kids, so I had them make a PB&Js. We all got chips on the side to keep it simple, but the menu said there were fresh sides available.

Photobucket The food was good, but I was surprised how much my bill totaled - I should have waited for the kids eat free hour. But, the one thing that was outstanding were the cookies. My kids behaved well through the meal, and the bakery case was calling my name. The chocolate chip cookies were delicious! My kids said the restaurant was "Ok." But it was much more of a unique, local restaurant than a kid's attraction. There were a lot of people in and out while we were there which gave me the impression it was more of a take out restaurant than a sit down restaurant. But I liked the fact that they didn't give you a number or call out your name. It's small enough that they just watch where you go sit and bring your food out to you when it's ready. The staff was very friendly attentive, and the food was ready nice and fast - a plus when you're dinning with kids. If you're in the area, you're looking for some place local to eat, or hungry for sandwiches, soup, or salad, I'd recommend it.

By guest contributor: Caryn

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