Dickinson North Dakota 58601United States
You'll get a decent cup of coffee in this blond-brick church about 30 minutes east of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
The building's architecture and history stands out more than anything else here. Established in 1890, the original St. John's Episcopal Church laid a cornerstone containing a cross, a Bible, a Book of Common Prayer and a brick from England's Canterbury Cathedral. The church moved to this site in 1955 and sat vacant until 1999, when a nonprofit advocacy group for people with developmental disabilities bought it. The coffee shop opened in 2002, and contains some of the original stained glass and woodwork (plus booths that look like pews), all of which contribute to a cool, calming ambience inside. Soups, salads, sandwiches and an array of coffee drinks (not to mention fresh-baked caramel rolls) fill the menu of this little caf. If you're hungry, grab a booth underneath some of the stained glass windows and try one of the eight panini sandwiches, which run $5.75. "The Cowboy" comes with scrambled eggs, ham, cheese and onions, while "The Medora" is a veggie panini with cheese, sprouts, onions, avocado, black beans and a vinaigrette. We tried the soup of the day, a chicken potpie ($2.25 for a cup) that was thick and creamy but bland. "The Sacagawea," which comes with turkey, onion, sprouts and a cranberry cream cheese sauce, was fine, but the sandwich fillings were thin--a single slice of turkey deli meat and a see-through schmear of cream cheese left us wanting a bit more. Lunch was OK but not memorable; if you're looking for an exceptional independently owned place to dine, the new vegetarian spot Stix and Twigs a few blocks south trumps the food here.