Café Alfresco is a charming coffee shop/restaurant in the Lemon Tree Village in Brewster. They serve breakfast and lunch and also have a bakery display of goodies to enjoy with a beverage from their coffee bar. A friend and I decided to catch up over lunch there and the food and company were both wonderful.
The décor of the restaurant is bright and fun with antique pine flooring and framed posters on the walls. The dining room is in the saltbox section of the building, giving it a slanted cathedral ceiling.
You order your food at the counter from choices written on a white board. The cashier then gives you a number to place on your table and delivers your food when it’s ready. Service was speedy and friendly.
Café Alfresco had a large side menu of homemade soups, so I decided to sample their black bean soup with sour cream. The soup had a fabulous spicy flavor I really enjoyed. It had bite, but was not over the top. The beans had still retained their shape, for a nice mouth feel. The soup was seasoned with red peppers, onions and celery for extra layers of flavor.
For my actual lunch, I tried the Nantucket scallop sandwich ($11.95). It was so delicious that I ate every bite, even though I was full after eating a little more than half of it. The toasted ciabatta bread had a lovely texture. It was layered with green leaf lettuce, juicy tomato slices, four sweet deep fried sea scallops, cheddar cheese, bacon and tartar sauce. The combination was sublime. The sandwich came with a bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips.
My friend was equally happy with her turkey burger, which was a bargain for $6.95. The burger appeared to be a pounded out turkey cutlet, rather than ground turkey, but it tasted great. It was generous in size and lightly fried. It came on a brioche roll with lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese and a side of French fries. We were both stuffed when we finished.
The menu at Café Alfresco is varied and interesting and the prices are very reasonable. I had trouble choosing what to order. The falafel sandwich ($7.50) in a whole wheat wrap sounded great and so did the smoked salmon sandwich ($7.95). It comes with smoked salmon, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, onion and herb spread on dark rye bread. It’s the only place I’ve ever seen a whole fried soft-shell crab sandwich ($10.95) on a local menu. The Italian muffuletta ($7.95) also tempted.
With so many delicious things still to try, there’s no question I’ll be going back.
Café Alfresco, 1097 Main St., Brewster, 508-896-1741
Hours: 8:30 to 4 p.m. daily.