Village Cafe

Coffee House | Eclectic | New American | Sandwich Shop
Worth a detour

Just outside an entrance to the plush gated community of Woodside, the Village Cafe has worldly flavor with a Dixie accent. It’s a casual place that is anything but casual about what it serves. Here is some very interesting food. The sandwich selection, for example, includes not just a regular BLT, but a smoked salmon BLT. Silky ribbons of tender pink Norwegian salmon are added to the winning combo of bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise (lemon-dill mayo) and served on multi-grain toast. Luxury incarnate!

There’s no American cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich because it is an “international grilled cheese sandwich,” containing gruyere, Irish cheddar, brie, and aged provolone. Other deluxe sandwich options include house-poached turkey breast along with turkey bacon, havarti, and cranberry mayo; grilled vegetables in a spinach wrap; and an Italian dip of roast pork, broccoli rabe, and provolone on a French roll. Friday is pastrami day, when house-brined, seasoned, smoked brisket is cut to order into voluptuous fat-rimmed slices.

With extraordinary sandwiches, ordinary potato chips might seem disrespectful. (Route 11 chipsĀ are available). Side dish offerings include orecchiette pasta salad, tabbouleh, and a brilliant mayo-free roasted potato salad with tart dressing and al dente bits of pepper.

The menu also offers meal-size salads, a soup of the day (served with rosemary garlic focaccia), and gelato for dessert. A short breakfast menu includes bagels (available with interesting flavored cream cheeses), muffins (with seasoned butter), and a hot breakfast.

When I stop in early one morning the day’s hot breakfast is a southern favorite with gourmet aspiration. A rugged biscuit is stuffed with ham and cheese accompanied by a dish of memorable grits. They look like plain grits, but a first spoonful virtually bursts with the flavors of gruyere and cheddar cheese that are mixed in. Good espresso and artistic lattes are a final reminder that you definitely aren’t at IHOP. And sweet tea reassures you that this is the Deep South.

Sophisticated as the food is at Village Cafe, its way of doing business is country-casual. Place your order and pay at the counter, where you are given a number to take to a table or to a sunny counter seat by the window to which staff brings the meal.

What to Eat
Village Cafe, Smoked Salmon BLT
Smoked Salmon BLT
Thick, silky ribbons of smoked Norwegian salmon elevate the BLT to a new level of plush.
Village Cafe, Pastrami
Brined, spiced, and smoked, Friday's pastrami is a best dish.
Village Cafe, Potato Salad
Potato Salad
Roasted potato salad with classic French dressing (mayo-free vinaigrette) includes al dente bits of bell pepper.
Village Cafe, Gelato
Foamy French vanilla gelato is paired with dense, dark chocolate: an extreme contrast of texture as well as taste.
Village Cafe, Grits
Buttery grits are radiant with the flavors of cheddar and gruyere cheese.
Village Cafe, Italian Dip
Italian Dip
The Italian dip (roast pork, broccoli rabe & provolone) is accompanied by a trough of natural gravy for dipping.
Village Cafe, Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup
The earthy corn flavor of chicken tortilla soup gives it rib-sticking authority.
Village Cafe, Sauteed Vegetables
Sauteed Vegetables
NOT Veg-All!
Village Cafe, Tomato Pie
Tomato Pie
Tomato pie: Mondays only, during summer tomato season
Village Cafe, Smoked Salmon Salad
Smoked Salmon Salad
Grilled lemons & lemon vinaigrette make the smoked salmon salad shine.
Village Cafe, Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast Sandwich
A Monday warm-breakfast special: ham glazed with cheese in a creamy biscuit
Village Cafe, Bagel with Herbed Cream Cheese
Bagel with Herbed Cream Cheese
I don't know where the bagel comes from, but the flavorful herbed cream cheese is made in the Village Cafe's kitchen.
Village Cafe, Latte
Latte heart art
Village Cafe, Turkey Sandwich
Turkey Sandwich
Thick slices of house-poached turkey breast are accompanied by turkey bacon, havarti cheese, and cranberry mayo in a whole wheat bun.
Village Cafe, Tabbouleh
On the side: Tabbouleh is flavored with lemon, mint, and parsley.
Village Cafe, English Slaw
English Slaw
Rugged English slaw is dressed with caraway vinaigrette.
Village Cafe, Pineapple Chicken
Pineapple Chicken
A special one Saturday, pineapple chicken is pleasant ladies lunch fare.
Village Cafe, Peachy Pig
Peachy Pig
Peachy Pig: ham, brie, peach preserves & jalapenos
Directions and Hours
open now
Monday7:30am - 4pm
Tuesday7:30am - 4pm
Wednesday7:30am - 4pm
Thursday7:30am - 8pm
Friday7:30am - 8pm
Saturday7:30am - 8pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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