I love Crema, but I really miss the location on the far West side where Yola’s is now. They had a much larger selection of tea, this location has 6 different varieties of Rishi tea, and I usually can find one that fits my mood.
They have a full breakfast and lunch menu and everything I’ve ordered is amazing. Don’t forget to check out the bakery selection if you have a sweet tooth. When I stop by for lunch I’m rather partial to the Bluebird, it’s a chicken salad sandwich with dried blueberries, walnuts, white cheddar and greens on a baguette.
What I really like about the cafe is that they use local natural ingredients and you can tell the amount of thought that went into the food. They really have an awesome menu. The location is a bit out of my way, but they do have a nice view of the lake and an interesting mix of people to talk to when I’m in. I should also mention that they are very kid friendly, the staff always stops by and plays with my son whenever they have a free second and he loves the attention.
What I don’t like is the decor, it could use an update, I don’t think it matches the quality of the food. Also, while most of the staff is a really friendly bunch the man working the front counter was pretty short with me when I was in this past week. I had questions and it wasn’t like there was a line behind me when I was ordering and I was holding everyone up. He’s been working at the cafe a while and I find that it is pretty typical of him to act this way even during slow times. Wait time on food can also be a bit hit or miss at times, but I’m generally not in a hurry so not huge deal for me.
Last thing, if you’re a coffee drinker, they serve Alterra coffee and while many people like it I’m not a fan.