Frequented by musicians, poets, and diners craving comfort food, baked breads and vegan/vegetarian fare, this cafe’s motto of “Be Brave, Be Kind, Don’t Eat Bad Bread” playfully summarizes its atmosphere and attitude. Amazing Grace walks on the Bohemian side with artwork on the walls, exposed rustic brick, a big fish tank in the arched fireplace cove and an eclectic assortment of tables. It’s also a well-respected local music venue, and we appreciated the family-friendly, come-as-you-are vibe.
Breakfast runs through noon, cooking up the likes of buttermilk oatmeal pancakes; quiche specials; pesto turkey omelets; and breakfast potatoes piled with eggs, meats, peppers and onions. (Kids can order pancakes shaped like Mickey Mouse.) For lunch, thick-cut baguettes, foccacia and wheat breads are stacked so high with sandwich fillings such as chicken salad or red pepper hummus that they threaten to topple. If you visit in the off-season, look for recession lunch specials on Wednesdays; usually a hefty slab of lasagna or other hot dish served with a side salad and bread for $5.
Customers might want to consider sharing a main course to leave room to try the soups, cookies, pies, cheesecake, or sweet bars spiced with pumpkin or tart lemon.