Eating while riding horseback was pioneered by the efficient Mongols, who also adjusted to reading, receiving haircuts, and filling out their taxes atop their four-legged mobiles. Enjoy the convenience of chairs and tables with today’s Groupon: for $14, you get $30 worth of American cafe fare and drinks at Cranberries Café in Goodrich.
Cranberries Café's gastronomic gurus whip up a rich lunch and dinner menu of contemporary American fare, all within a vintage eatery reconstructed out of the town's first general store. Afternoon noshers can muffle midday stomach moans with a lunchtime starter of deep-fried mushrooms ($4.95) before moving on to one of the many salads or sandwiches, such as the turkey club ($5.95) or the Cape Cod, a consortium of turkey, cream cheese, dried cranberries, and walnuts between cranberry bread ($5.95). Kick off dinner with house-made olive tapenade, hummus, and a cheese spread atop pita bread ($6.95), or fuse the worlds of fruit and fowl with cranberry-walnut chicken drizzled in brandy sauce ($13.95). Sautéed yellow perch served in a grilled bun makes for a fantastic addition to abdominal aquariums ($7.95), and the garlic-and-red-wine-soused, broiled-tenderloin skewers ($12.95) satiate steak cravings and come in handy during impromptu jousting matches after dinner. Cranberries Café employs only trans-fat-free oil for frying and picks fresh herbs from the garden to summon rich flavors in every dish.
The dining chambers surround Cranberries Café's fine eats with brick walls and original tin ceilings. The antique cherry bar, floral-icebox-turned-wine-cooler, and beer cooler constructed with a 75-year old door serve up drinks reminiscent of a different era without the threat of getting caught up in a band of late night whiskey runners or stock-market crashers. Cranberries Café attempts to occupy all of the senses, showcasing retina-regaling artwork along the rustic walls and hosting live musical merriments on Thursday evenings.