Vintage Cafe

By on 23 April, 2018 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

“Let’s get a cup of coffee,” is a phrase that carries several meanings: “I’d like to spend anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour with you,” “I’d like to hang, but don’t want to commit to a meal,” or maybe, “I’m leaving open the possibility that you don’t drink alcohol.”

Problem is, since Cafe Louisa moved, we haven’t had a coffee shop on this side of town for a while now. And even though Vintage Cafe (416 Cloverdale) is pretty close to where Louisa re-opened (503 Cloverdale), it’s nice to have a new option. Besides, the original Louisa location didn’t have a ton of seating, and parking could be a challenge. Now, problem solved: Both venues have plenty of parking and plenty of seating.

Vintage Cafe is in the former Regions Bank building, and there’s been a lot of local talk about how the architectural redesign of the building’s interiors has been a delight. Turns out, the hype is all true, and it’s pretty fantastic in there. We used to bank at that Regions, and the natural light and balcony seating, along with the little former-bank touches (vault door, safety deposit boxes) are well-executed. Most importantly, this kind of building re-use is exactly the kind of urban density that we need to keep our city moving in the right direction. Brick and mortar bank branches are struggling in the era of online banking, and reusing old building stock is exactly what they talk about in urban planning classes as a key alternative to urban sprawl.

Civic virtue soapbox aside, how’s the menu? It’s great. A recent brunch involved coffee, a salmon bagel sandwich, and sitting outside on a gloriously bright April day. What more could you ask for? The coffee is strong and although the bagels aren’t baked in house, the bread is solid and it’s nicely prepared. The menu offers a ton of choices (breakfast and lunch menus pictured below), and there are some grab-and-go options in a cooler, as well. The service was prompt, and we’ll certainly be back.

One more point about the atmosphere: Coffee shops are community spaces, and it was nice to see the bulletin board advertising upcoming events. Obviously, Midtown Montgomery Living tries to let you know when cool stuff is coming up (especially on our Twitter account), but we often learn about upcoming things from places like a coffee shop bulletin board. We’re glad to have an independently-owned coffee shop in the neighborhood, and we’ll report back when we order something from the lunch menu.

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with one cat, a dog, ten fish, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

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