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Openroad Coffee & Tea | Artisan Coffee and Tender Scones
Review by: Michael Stern
I don’t seek out places devoted to eating that is mindful, healthful, organic, etc. But sometimes I find myself in one. Occasionally, that makes me happy. In the case of Openroad, I become a partisan for culinary virtue. This high-minded outfit serves artisan coffee from beans that are “organically grown without chemical fertilizers and pesticides.” It also makes a few mighty tasty bites to accompany that coffee.
Choose medium roast, dark roast, or French roast. Or latte, cappuccino, or machiato. If you crave something cool, consider a frio. For that, they blend coffee with whatever flavor you desire. The caramel, chocolate, and vanilla all are house-made. Berries, bananas, mango and even kale and spinach find their way into healthful smoothies.
Do not come to Openroad Coffee & Tea looking for a sit-down, knife-and-fork meal. The food menu is minimal. For lunch, they make ready-to-go sandwiches. Of course, ingredients are all-natural and bread is locally baked. I recommend turkey & avocado with spinach on cranberry walnut bread.
Breakfast offerings tend to be somewhat Spartan in character. But Spartan doesn’t mean bad. In fact, I am thrilled to accompany my red-eye coffee with a cinnamon roll that does not need a heap of frosting to be delicious. A biscuit sandwiches locally sourced eggs. The menu promises rBST-free cheese in that sandwich. (rBST is bovine growth hormone.) Openroad scones win my heart. Whichever kind you get, it pops with flavor. Lemon-cherry is a harmonic haymaker. Pumpkin spice is an autumnal triumph. There are honey-walnut, raspberry, triple berry, etc. Tender texture makes these scones memorable. Within a thin, crisp crust, they are creamy rather than crumbly. That makes them easily dunkable without disintegration.
Such a happy place. And not just because of its caffeine-induced artisan coffee vibe. The staff I met are ebullient folks, delighted to be serving some of the best coffee and pastries for miles around.
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|