Coca Cafe is a local brunch hot spot with a more modern, food-forward menu than the likes of traditional breakfast fare like Pamela’s or Dorstop. On a sunny weekend morning, we ventured to Lawrenceville to discover what all the buzz was about. If it wasn’t so humid a day, I’m sure we would have asked to sit in the small outdoor seating area, but on this occasion was opted to stay indoors.
|Cafe Americano in a festive zebra print mug|
Upon entering and getting my coffee, it was clear that this was a very artistic cafe – my Espresso Americano even came in a zebra-print mug. The Sunday Brunch menu offers a mix of breakfast and lunch options. I treated my coffee as my breakfast and opted to go straight for lunch. My Turkey Rachel Panini came with a nice side salad. It was a very balanced plate with pleasant flavor highlights. The coleslaw in the panini was amazing. It made the sandwich a hit in my mind. The turkey and cheese was warm which counterbalanced the cool, moist coleslaw. The brightness of the salad and the orange (yes, I eat my garnish) completed a nice meal. I left quite satisfied.
|Turkey Rachel Panini|
Overall, I think my experience was much like my experience at North Star Cafe in Columbus, Ohio. The atmosphere was very pleasant and the menu hit the right spots for me. I will warn you that the prices will appear a little on the expensive side, but are well worth it in the ingredients and service.