Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory streetside fare with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of café fare at The Cutting Edge Cafe in Chesapeake.
Made daily from scratch, The Cutting Edge Cafe concocts its menu of sandwiches, salads, and soups with natural ingredients culled from local farms and dairies. Baked in-house each day, artisanal breads wedge together grilled paninis, such as the blackened vegan chik'n, whose mango, spinach, and vegan aioli excite all palates and veggie autograph collectors ($8.99). A harvest pear panini wraps pear and caramelized onions in rich gorgonzola mayo hugs ($8.99), and a wasabi braised beef panini coats its protein namesake and pickled vegetables in a spicy wasabi mayo ($8.99). Patrons can also feast on salads, a rotating variety of soups, and abundant noodle, grain, and vegetable side dishes, which hope every day to be discovered and make the big time on a patron's plate.
The Cutting Edge Cafe
The menu at The Cutting Edge Cafe is written on a blackboard, neatly scripted in impermanent chalk. The chalkboard setup makes sense, because owners Matt and Melanie Hayes often need to update the menu with new specials that they craft using seasonal ingredients from local farms. They bake loaves of artisanal breads each day, then pile slices with gourmet ingredients such as grilled cheese and apple or wasabi braised beef. Diners can also find an abundance of vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO options for both lunch and dinner.
1434 Sams Dr.
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320