Hey fellow food lovers! Thanks for checking out my first food and restaurant review. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it, and be sure and check back often as I will be secretly dropping in local establishments and posting my experiences.
Now a couple of side notes before we begin- No, I’m not a certified or expert food critic, but I’m very food knowledgeable (not from just eating..), an avid food lover and born, raised, live and work locally. So if you are looking for a boring editorial piece on the ins and outs of all the ingredients and comments on food preparation and cooking then sorry this will disappoint you. With all that said lets dig into it!
I always liked the old Mollies location and courtyard so I was pleasantly surprised when my favorite coffee shop moved into that location.
My wife, Angie, and two of our kids dropped in to eat there on a Thursday evening. We were immediately greeted by the staff. It wasn’t a “Hello, how many in your party?”, but instead a big wave from Tina and Patrick Abbott, the owners, and a “How are you all today? Come on in and make yourself at home!” Talking to this friendly couple later after our meal, it was very apparent that they pride themselves in treating everyone who walks through the doors like company or guests and not just customers. Every one was greeted this way and it continued through our whole experience (and not just because I was reviewing their restaurant, a fact they didn’t yet know).
The inside was very clean and inviting. The scent of fresh brewed coffee was the first thing that hit me. We sat in the main dining room and as we waited we looked over their extensive wine selection (not a list, but the actual bottles on the shelves). My seven year old was busy trying to find the hidden Lego characters around the room which was fun. There were fascinating art pieces on the walls, all by local artists I learned and all for sale to help support their work.
I’m also embarrassed to say it was our first open mic night. We didn’t plan on that but we were glad that we came on that night. The local talent was amazing and even Patrick joined in and played an instrument and sang some songs. It will definitely not be our last open mic night to enjoy for sure.
So on to the food!
Again to be honest I have only eaten at Cup’N’Cork a handful of times, but have been in for coffee more times than I can count. Maybe a lunch here or there, but never dinner.
I’m a chili connoisseur. I enjoy it year round. I go to chili competitions and tinker with mine trying to get perfection. The only reason I mention that is I happened upon an article in my preparation for this review, and It listed Cup’N’Cork as one of the 5 places in Missouri to stop and eat chili. What?!? How have I not heard of this? So jealousy immediately set in, as well as curiosity, so this bowl of chili was what I was most excited about.
I asked for the smaller portion so to not ruin the rest of the meal.
BRAVO, Patrick!! The chili was very savory. More vinegary than tomatoey (is that a word ha), which is my preference anyway. The perfect balance of sweet, smoky, and spicy, as well as the perfect combination of meat and ingredients to make a great chili, and not stew or soup. Great consistency, just enough broth. Definitely the best chili in the area restaurants, and worth a try at lunch or dinner alone. I wanted more but knew I had to give some more food the chance to shine also.
Next I ordered the Smoked Pork Panini. Nothing processed or pre-made and shipped in here. Patrick smokes his various meats and makes his own BBQ sauce fresh every single day. It was very fresh, juicy and the Panini pressed fresh bread toast was perfect, not soggy from the sauce.
I didn’t try the family’s meals but they ate the Tuscan Wrap, Roasted Turkey Deli Sandwich and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich. They all begged to comment and as I scan here over my chicken scratch review notes from that night I see “Very fresh and delicious!”, “I need to come down here for lunch and get this again!”, and “Dad, why can’t you make grilled cheese like this?” I can only assume these were their comments. Every one in our party was beyond pleased, but on to dessert.
We ordered 3 desserts to share: coconut cream pie, the gluten free peanut butter cookie, and The triple layer chocolate cake “with love”, drizzled with the shops espresso and topped with home made whip cream.
As you can tell by the lengthy description that was our favorite and will be ordered again and again. Not too rich to enjoy a lot of and very moist (I know you hate that word ha; but how else do you describe a perfect piece of cake?)
Lastly I ordered my favorite coffee drink- a Pumpkin Spice Latte and Angie her usual Vanilla Nut Latte to go. For all you pumpkin lovers like me they have this year round not just seasonal and its better than that big ‘S’ named place- so try it out please!!
As I chatted with Tina and Patrick before we left I asked her about any spring or summer plans for the courtyard and they are planning movie nights and other fun events so be sure and check their Facebook page or website often.
I really hope this review will make you readers aware of the little jewels downtown that you may not think about often. Please support them and their hard work and dedication.
Look for a new review of another great downtown Cape Girardeau business coming soon…..