31 N. Main St.
Cape Girardeau Missouri 63701United States
Bringing fine dining to historic downtown Cape, Cain creates great cuisine using items from local farmers markets and nearby organic farms.
Opened in August 2009, Cain is named for its owner, James Cain, a native of Cape Girardeau who worked in a number of Chicago-area restaurants before returning home to open this fine-dining place. The menu changes seasonally based on the availability of farm-fresh produce. The space has been many things through the years and doesn't have an impressive street presence. In fact, we walked past it once before we saw the sign. The inside is small, 20 tables at most. The decor is a rich brown with gold velvet draperies covering one wall. The restaurant has beautiful chandeliers, hardwood floors, crisp white linen tablecloths, little votive candles and fresh flowers on the tables. The menu changes weekly based on the availability of farm-fresh produce. We had roasted beets with a goat cheese fritter ($8) as an appetizer, and it was delightful, served with toasted walnuts and a mustard vinaigrette. For an entree, we chose the Heritage Farms pork tenderloin ($24) and it was fabulous! Tender and flavorful, we didn't need the big knife they provided. It came with mashed potatoes that were creamy and perfect. We also tried the vegetable risotto ($18), packed with fresh asparagus and leeks. The service was prompt and friendly, and the bread that came with the meal was made in-house. The waitress made a couple of great suggestions for wines by the glass. The restaurant wasn't busy the night we were there, and maybe that's because it was a holiday weekend, but we hope this business makes it. The chef is young and energetic, and it's about the only fine-dining venue in Cape these days.