Located in a restored 250-year-old farmhouse, The Talking Tea Cup is a full-service tearoom offering freshly prepared sweet and savory treats, as well as a selection of more than 100 teas. Visitors can settle in next to the home's original fireplace and attempt to recollect where they’ve buried their stash of Spider Man comics during a one-hour four-course meal. Freshly made cranberry, orange-maple, and pecan scones are paired with cinnamon-and-orange-spice tea to get stomach-juices flowing, and are followed by a cup of the day's soup and sweet-cranberry tea. Assorted finger sandwiches are topped with chicken salad, apple butter and cheese, cucumber, and more, and are served on perfectly precious plates. Meals end on a sweet note of ginger-snap tea and straight-from-the-oven's-mouth sugar cookies.
Simply Good Café's culinary technicians fix up traditional European fare for morning and midday diners with breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. During breakfast, a variety of homemade quiches silence stomachs before they peer-pressure mouths into shouting out their owners' credit card numbers, with robust flavors including salmon and tomato, roasted vegetable, and chicken ($6/slice). Spicy mustard adds zing to lettuce and tomato blanketed by roast beef and cheese inside a cozy sandwich ($6.50), and all handheld eats can be paired with a soup or side-salad buddy ($9.50) for plated activities including lettuce crocheting. Weekend brunchers dive into pillows of oatmeal pancakes, made with oats, whole wheat, yogurt and honey, or the strata dish, featuring baked bread, bacon, cheese, and egg. Inside Simply Good Café, yellow walls host black and white accents, and coffee pictures hang to entice java connoisseurs to lick the interior and figure out its flavor profile.
Upon entering, modern spotlights smear light across the glossy ceiling and beige walls like butter on toast––an appropriate evocation of the baked goods to come. There they wait at the counter: gooey fresh-baked brownies, crunchy biscotti, jelly-filled Danish, and crumbly scones that are as large as calzones. Maine Star Coffee lures patrons with the aroma of confections baked onsite, then encourages lingering with locally roasted coffee, steeping teas, and sweet espresso drinks made from locally sourced milk products. The café is also a haven for artists of all types, housing such entertainment as spoken word, acoustic music, and competitive whittling showdowns.
El Jefe isn't just another taco joint. Sure, the Ambler taqueria serves tacos and burritos stuffed with marinated chicken, shredded pork, and Mexican sausage. But its menu extends beyond the requisite Mexican fare to include puebla-style sandwiches and picaditos made with thick, homemade tortillas. Stop in for a hearty sit-down meal, call ahead for curbside pickup, or order delivery while you fill the bathtub with salsa.
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When La Madeleine French Country Café transformed into Sariano's Country Cafe, it didn't discard its French identity. To honor their past, they serve robust croissant sandwiches, filled with ingredients such as chicken salad ratatouille. What’s more, the menu reserves an entire section for its two croque monesieurs, traditional French ham and cheese sandwiches. Baked on-site daily, a rotating selection of seasonal pastries - from pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to mini gateau - continues the theme. Deviating from its French focus, Sariano's serves more Americanized options such as hot dogs with optional sauerkraut. The cafe's main menu and seasonal dishes are sold from its takeout storefront, where an al fresco dining area blankets diners in shade.