There’s no better signal that a restaurant is going to be good than a delectable aroma. Upon walking in the door of this very cute little former church building, I nearly swooned at the smell of freshly baked “Heavenly Loaf” — large individual rolls baked for making sandwiches. Their appetite-rousing hot perfume of cheddar cheese, garlic, herbs, butter, and yeasty bread itself were assurance that I was about to eat very well indeed.
Into one of these big fresh buns are piled bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and garlic aioli, making a memorable sandwich. Heavenly loaf also is used for a grilled cheese sandwich and a chicken sandwich, and it comes on the side of steamed clams. Burgers, on the other hand, are put on chewier house-baked ciabatta rolls, whereas club sandwiches come on focaccia.
Pieces of focaccia are grilled to accompany a marvelous “small plate” titled spicy prawns. These are snappy, good size prawns sauteed with peppery roasted tomato sauce, adding up to an appetizer (or small meal) that almost literally takes one’s breath a way.
When we declaimed our appreciation of the kitchen’s chili — loaded with big hunks of steak, not burger, and spiced with a radiant hail of pepper — the waitress explained that the chef, Oscar Guitron, is from Mexico, and that the recipe is the one his mother used to make. “It’s just small town chili,” she said. Small town, grand flavor!
Layer cakes are large and alluring, cut into massive slices that theoretically would be enough for two people. But really, they’re too delicious to share. One of the servers here said that they had a customer who liked the carrot cake so much that she was going to ask to be buried in it!
The Yellow Church Cafe is open every day, but breakfast is served only Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.