Due to a morning appointment I found myself on the East Side of Tallahassee in need of some breakfast. I decided to check out Catalina Cafe. It is located in a plaza on Capital Circle SE across the street from Sonny’s and Sam’s Club. There were a number of cars in the lot and I snagged one fronting the street. Groggily I walked to the front door as my brain screamed for its morning fix of caffeine.
Opening the door the non-descriptiveness of the strip mall melted away. Corrugated metal surrounded the coffee bar/counter where orders were placed. The walls were a dark pewter with the exception of one at the back. It was bright orange and painted with the shop’s logo. Stained concrete floors added to the spaces modern funky feel.
I approached the counter and asked for a large cup of their strongest coffee. The girl behind the counter recommended their french roast and I happily grabbed the steaming cup and inhaled. It was rich and nutty. To go with the coffee I ordered a turkey, cheese and egg bagel sandwich. As I completed my order I noticed the long line of people behind me. The lone clerk was going to have her hands full, and I wondered how she would manage.
All of the high top tables were full of young professionals with their Macbooks. I envied their shaded spots as I took a seat at a table in the sunlit part of the cafe. The large window facing east let in a massive amount of natural light. I waited for my bagel sandwich and read a story written on a chalk board. It incorporated all of the names of coffee shop’s menu items, and I thought it was a clever decoration.
I finished the story and wondered about my bagel sandwich. It took almost 20 minutes for it to appear on the coffee bar. The sandwich sat in a paper lined red plastic basket. It contained a stack of smoked turkey and a scrambled egg. It was nicely toasted and piping hot. I took a bite. The bagel was crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. The smokiness of the turkey was front and center with the egg in the background. As I chewed I noticed noticed something was missing. The cheese! I thought about asking the girl for a slice or two but she was slammed with customers.
Cataline Cafe was a cool little spot and I enjoyed hanging out. The coffee was very good and the sandwich was tasty. The only thing that could have made my visit more enjoyable was a slice or two of Swiss cheese and some quicker service.
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