Blue Canoe Cafe

Coffee House | Small Town Café
excellent
Worth a detour
Michael Stern | August 06, 2020
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A darling Main Street cafe and coffee house open from dawn to dusk, the Blue Canoe is a locals’ favorite. Indeed, much of what cooks in the kitchen really is local, including meats from Cone’s Market and butchery just up the road as well as produce from nearby farms.

Pastries are a menu highlight: muffins and scones, interesting cupcakes, and a lallapalooza of a “skillet cookie,” which is a huge, just-baked chocolate chip cookie served in a cast iron skillet, topped with ice cream, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. The cookie, which takes 15 minutes to arrive because it is baked to order, is hot enough that the ice cream is already beginning to melt as it arrives. And the skillet keeps the cookie hot. By midway through, you are spooning into a crazy-indulgent slurry of cookie dough and cream. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, it’s a must-eat.

Hamburgers are flavorful patties cooked through, all the better when topped with cheese and/or bacon, pizza sauce, or a mix of havarti and cheddar cheese and plenty of just-ripe avocado. They come with excellent French fries: a winning balance of crisp surface and creamy insides.

Pizzas are a specialty, although the shy crust is eclipsed by whatever ingredients are atop it. Other worthy menu considerations: paninis, BBQ bologna, a delightfully messy chili dog, wings (bone-in or boneless), made-to-order milk shakes, and a full roster of coffee drinks, chai, frappes, and smoothies.

The Blue Canoe is a versatile venue — right for a meal, a snack, a cup of coffee, or dessert. Dining facilities include indoor and outdoor tables; and there’s a drive-up window for eats to-go. The place itself is cool. Repurposed as a restaurant in what was built as a monumental bank building, it is a winning mix of commercial grandeur and small-town charm.

 

What to Eat
Blue Canoe Cafe, Avocado Cheddar Havarti Burger
Avocado Cheddar Havarti Burger
Must-Try
Cheddar & havarti are abetted by avocado & garnishes on this lofty burger.
Blue Canoe Cafe, Chili Dog
Chili Dog
Must-Try
Loaded chili dog demands knife & fork.
Blue Canoe Cafe, Sausage Sandwich
Sausage Sandwich
Must-Try
A lunch special: sausage, peppers, onions, Dijon mustard in a butter-grilled bun
Blue Canoe Cafe, Spiced Latte
Spiced Latte
Must-Try
Iced spiced latte: cool summer refresher
Blue Canoe Cafe, Skillet Cookie
Skillet Cookie
Must-Try
Huge, skillet-hot chocolate chip cookie comes adorned with ice cream, sauce, and whipped cream.
Blue Canoe Cafe, French Fries
French Fries
Must-Try
Fries are a balance of spicy crunch and spudly creaminess.
Blue Canoe Cafe, Meat Lover’s Pizza
Meat Lover’s Pizza
Meat Lover's Pizza eclipses its crust.
Blue Canoe Cafe, Snickerdoodle Cupcake
Snickerdoodle Cupcake
Snickerdoodle cupcake has cinnamon sparkle.
Blue Canoe Cafe, Chocolate Milk Shake
Chocolate Milk Shake
Chocolate shake is made to order.
Blue Canoe Cafe, Cheddar Bacon Burger
Cheddar Bacon Burger
Cheddar bacon burger tastes -- and smells -- really good.
Directions and Hours
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes

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