One of my favorite places to eat in Thomasville was located in the city’s old train depot, Cafe Marebella. It had the best Italian food in the region and I was very sad to find out it closed. While shopping one weekend downtown Becky grabbed lunch at a new restaurant, Ella Blue Cafe. She learned that it was run by the people who owned Cafe Marebella and during our most recent visit to the Rose City I visited their new eatery.
Ella Blue is located on the eastern end of Broad Street next to a jeweler who repairs watches. A small sign announces its presence along with cursive green lettering on the plate glass window. We walked in with Mason and Julia in tow and sat towards the rear away from the other customers. It was just after 2:00 p.m. and there was still a decent lunch crowd.
We walked in with Mason and Julia in tow and sat towards the rear away from the other customers. It was just after 2:00 p.m. and there was still a decent lunch crowd. The walls were bright lime green and a large chalkboard menu dominated the right hand wall. I looked it over while we tried to entertain the kids. I wanted something more substantial than a salad and settled on their eggplant parmigiana. For my side I ordered their sweet potato salad. We also put in for an order of bubble bread.
The bubble bread arrived first and consisted of two large slices of crusty bread with a mayonnaise spread topped with cheese and broiled. It was gooey, melty and delicious. Mason was unsure about it but after we dubbed it pizza pie, he are 1/2 of a large slice. I thought it was familiar to an appetizer we had enjoyed at Bella Bella in Tallahassee, Florida. After chatting with the owner we learned she created the recipe and her daughter owns Bella Bella.
My eggplant parmigiana sandwich followed. It was a good size and loaded with slices of eggplant that had been breaded, fried, topped with sauce and covered with cheese. The bread was fresh and the sandwich was delicious. It tasted like the eggplant parmigiana I used to get back home. The sweet potato salad was also very good. It had green onions in it and its sweetness balanced the savory flavors of my sandwich.
The staff at Ella Blue Cafe was also wonderful. They were attentive, friendly and by the end of the meal Julia was strolling into the kitchen and came out in the owners arms. We enjoyed our meal at the Ella Blue Cafe and will definitely be back!
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