A Tasty Diversion
By Elanor Hill
Hey, what about another try at a restaurant along Brown Street? This time, instead of looking for the dinner crowd, the Butter Cafe concentrates on breakfast and lunch and is off to a great start. It is relaxing and friendly with a retro décor and some awesome white chandeliers.
The owners, Amy Beaver and Sarah Dudley, have been working long hours and shopping for the freshest organic, healthy and palate-pleasing foods, grown locally when possible, and serving them to us for over eight weeks. Just walk inside, sit down and get ready to
enjoy the experience. Breakfast is served all day and can be delivered to the surrounding area.
Starting with pancakes ($5.50 -$7.00), you can enjoy three generously sized ones in plain, banana nut, cinnamon sugar or blueberry style. If looking for a morning adventure, why not try the Jelly Donut Pancakes? These buttermilk cakes are filled with delicious pastry jelly (flavors change daily) and are topped with powdered sugar and a buttery glaze. True to its name, this dish is scrumptious!
Omelettes ($7.00) are bountiful on the menu as well. All are made with three free range eggs and are served with toast. There is a Paris Omelette that is stuffed with Goat Cheese, mushrooms and grilled onions or you can try the Italian Omelette stuffed with Mozzarella Cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and basil. If you like, you can also create your own omelette with a choice of organic cheeses, free range breakfast meats and an assortment of fresh veggies. There’s even a Skinny B*#@H Frittata made with egg whites and stuffed with onions, peppers, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes. It’s a dish you can laugh at while eating an extra healthy breakfast!
The breakfast menu also offers Oatmeal, Free Range Egg Sandwiches, Cornbread & Syrup, Biscuits & Gravy and a very healthy portion of Yogurt, Granola and Fruit ($6.50). Served in a large sundae cup, organic yogurt is mixed with granola and topped with seasonal fruit. Yum! And if you still can’t find something for your morning appetite, try one of the several French toast selections. You can have grilled coconut French toast on kabobs between fresh strawberries and pineapple, or how about Chai Tea French Toast? These toasts are dipped in Chai tea and stuffed with Mascarpone cheese then topped off with organic butter. The portions are not huge but one could say they are “just right” for your morning appetite.
If headed to the Butter Cafe for lunch, come hungry! There’s a great assortment of sandwiches ($6 – $8.50) offered with tater tots included. All the meats are free range, grass fed and humanly raised by local farmers. They offer BLT, Classic Club, Classic Reuben and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches. The Crab Cake Sandwich was recommended by another customer, and although I did not order it, the presentation was worthy of choice on my next visit. You can also have a Grilled PB & J or a Grilled Fish Sandwich. Grilled Tilapia is topped with lettuce, tomato, American cheese and served on a Kaiser roll with tartar sauce on the side. There is even a vegan choice -Grilled Veggie Sandwich. This is made with grilled, marinated bell peppers, onions, tomato, eggplant, your choice of cheese and served on your selection of bread.
Homemade soups change daily and you can also choose a made-from-scratch Chili with grass fed beef. A Mixed Green Salad is also offered along with House Specialties. The Stuffed Pepper was my favorite! This gigantic bell pepper is served heaped with spicy rice; grass fed lean ground beef and topped with organic cheese. The flavor is fantastic and it’s enough for two people to enjoy! Butter Cafe also has a Vegan Stuffed Pepper stuffed with pinto beans if that is more to your liking.
The Chicken Pot Pie is on the must taste list too. It is presented with a hearty double crust packed with chicken, cheese, peas and carrots. It comes to your table golden brown and piping hot. Di’s Mac & Cheese is a particularly tasty choice or a simple offering of Sliced Cucumbers topped with parmesan cheese and olive oil might be the one for you.
When you walk through the front door of the Butter Cafe, your eyes land on the oversized Beverly Hills Famous Cupcakes ($3.00). Offered in chocolate or vanilla, these monster cupcakes are heaped high with violet colored butter cream or peanut butter frosting. There is always an assortment of oversized fresh baked cookies or you can try some of Libby’s Homemade Cheesecake. This cheesecake is made in Cincinnati and it is smooth, creamy and flavorful.
The staff here is small and very helpful. Both owners are on-site and the servers can answer all your questions and give great suggestions on menu choices. The tables are simply adorned with a single flower vase (and needed condiments).
I recommend you give Butter Cafe a try. Amy and Sarah have a great concept going and the food is spot on. Eating organic and locally grown are ways to keep the Miami Valley’s economy strong and your palate happy!
Butter Cafe is located at 1106 Brown St., Dayton. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (937) 985-9917 or visit www.ButterCafeDayton.com
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