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Coffee Cup Café

Town Square, Sully, IA - (641) 594-3765
Posted By Michael Stern on 8/28/2011 6:35:00 AM
If you find yourself southeast of Des Moines looking for a square meal, drive around the town square of Sully until you spot the Coffee Cup Café. With its short counter and laminate tables, and menu of heartland square meals, this inconspicuous eatery is a hearty slice of Roadfood, Iowa-style.

At breakfast, we love the plate-wide golden pancakes accompanied by rounds of sausage; and this being Iowa, of course the kitchen makes beautiful cinnamon buns (the unofficial state pastry). The buns are not huge, but they are mighty good, served warm from their pan with plenty of butter on the side.

The lunch menu includes hot beef sandwiches and tenderloin steaks, and there is one big hot meal every day – such fare as baked ham, roast chicken, and pork chops. Whatever else you eat for lunch, have a Dutch salad on the side. This is a regional specialty made of crisp iceberg leaves bathed in a warm sweet and sour creamy mustard dressing with pieces of bacon and slices of hard-cooked egg.

Of course, dessert at the Coffee Cup Café must be pie. The kitchen’s cream pies are ethereal, virtually floating on their tawny crust; the fruit double-crust pies are dusted with sugar crystals and are the sort that you simply don’t find outside the pie-happy state of Iowa.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Dutch salad
Tenderloin
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pancakes
Cinnamon Bun
sausage
Hot Beef Sandwich
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For pie lovers, a beautiful sight... Coffee Cup Cafe's coconut creme pie!
"For pie lovers, a beautiful sight... Coffee Cup Cafe's coconut creme pie!"
Cliff Strutz





Midwest cooks have a repertoire of salads found nowhere else.  Dutch lettuce, a favorite at the Coffee Cup Cafe, is a central Iowa specialty with warm, creamy-sweet mustard dressing, bacon, and hard-boiled egg all atop a bed of crisp iceberg lettuce.
"Midwest cooks have a repertoire of salads found nowhere else. Dutch lettuce, a favorite at the Coffee Cup Cafe, is a central Iowa specialty with warm, creamy-sweet mustard dressing, bacon, and hard-boiled egg all atop a bed of crisp iceberg lettuce."
Michael Stern


Coffee Cup Cafe's pancakes are soft and fluffy and fill up the entire plate.
"Coffee Cup Cafe's pancakes are soft and fluffy and fill up the entire plate."
Cliff Strutz


No state in the union is more passionate for cinnamon buns than Iowa.  While not the biggest, Coffee Cup's buns are among the best.
"No state in the union is more passionate for cinnamon buns than Iowa. While not the biggest, Coffee Cup's buns are among the best."
Michael Stern


A specialty of the Coffee Cup pie ovens, cherry berry is sweet and tart inside, with a savory crust that melts in your mouth.
"A specialty of the Coffee Cup pie ovens, cherry berry is sweet and tart inside, with a savory crust that melts in your mouth."
Michael Stern


Coffee Cup banana cream pie:  there is none better.
"Coffee Cup banana cream pie: there is none better."
Michael Stern


Hot beef tends to be more popular farther north, but the Coffee Cup version must not be missed. The beef is fallapart tender and juicy, the mashed potatoes are real, as is the gravy, and the bread is double-thick slices from a baked-here loaf.
"Hot beef tends to be more popular farther north, but the Coffee Cup version must not be missed. The beef is fallapart tender and juicy, the mashed potatoes are real, as is the gravy, and the bread is double-thick slices from a baked-here loaf."
Michael Stern


A classic Iowa tenderloin. It comes with pickle and onions. Ketchup and mustard are added by the customer.
"A classic Iowa tenderloin. It comes with pickle and onions. Ketchup and mustard are added by the customer."
Michael Stern


By 12:15 on a weekday, banana cream and coconut cream already had been crossed off the pie menu and there were only 3 slices of apple and 1 cherry berry remaining. But we needed cream pie, so we had a slice of Snickers Cream. Nevermind the kitsch component; this was a masterful cream pie the likes of which is rarely found outside of Iowa.
"By 12:15 on a weekday, banana cream and coconut cream already had been crossed off the pie menu and there were only 3 slices of apple and 1 cherry berry remaining. But we needed cream pie, so we had a slice of Snickers Cream. Nevermind the kitsch component; this was a masterful cream pie the likes of which is rarely found outside of Iowa."
Michael Stern


The pretty blonde waitress/baker apologized that since the peach pie just came out of the oven, it was still a bit runny.  Somehow, we managed to forgive her!
"The pretty blonde waitress/baker apologized that since the peach pie just came out of the oven, it was still a bit runny. Somehow, we managed to forgive her! "
Cliff Strutz


While we were disappointed there were no cinnamon buns on the menu the morning we stopped in, this tasty pecan roll more than made up for it.
"While we were disappointed there were no cinnamon buns on the menu the morning we stopped in, this tasty pecan roll more than made up for it."
Cliff Strutz


Locals who come in for breakfast every morning keep their own personal cups at the Coffee Cup Cafe.
"Locals who come in for breakfast every morning keep their own personal cups at the Coffee Cup Cafe."
Michael Stern


One of the surest signs of great Roadfood:  a row of pickup trucks parked outside the town cafe early in the morning
"One of the surest signs of great Roadfood: a row of pickup trucks parked outside the town cafe early in the morning"
Michael Stern


One day when we were having lunch at the Coffee Cup, a farmer drove up in his brand new tractor, attracting attention of people from inside the restaurant as well as passers-by on the street.
"One day when we were having lunch at the Coffee Cup, a farmer drove up in his brand new tractor, attracting attention of people from inside the restaurant as well as passers-by on the street."
Michael Stern



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