Yola’s can be hard to find if you didn’t know it was there, but it is a great place to have on the far west side. It’s tucked back in a corner in Cortland Commons Shopping Center at the corner of Watts and Commerce Drive. If you like breakfast this is a good place to go, the Golden Malted Belgian Waffles are to die for, and the muffins are really good. I wish they would go back to making the Blueberry Almond, those are my favorite, but it’s been over a year since I’ve had one.
The coffee is from Viamo and the tea from Cha Cha tea, both local businesses. I wasn’t impressed with the tea, I’ve tried a couple different varieties and nothing really stuck out for me. I wish they would have kept serving Rishi, the quality is much better, but what they had in stock was leftover from when Crema moved out. The coffee isn’t my favorite, but it isn’t bad, especially if you order one of the specialty drinks.
Now that Lance, the owner, isn’t in shop every waking moment the service has taken a bit of a hit. Last time I was in on a Saturday my drink didn’t show up with my waffle and I had to go track it down (it got served to the wrong table). They remade it, although not immediately and it didn’t get delivered until I was ready to leave. They really could use more people working during the Saturday rush, they only had 2 people up front for a packed house plus someone making food.
If you go in on Saturday they are always packed and the wait time can be long. If you have small kids along they have a play area tucked in the corner that is always full of children. It could really use a good cleaning, so be warned. I would say this is probably one of the most kid-friendly places in Madison. If you don’t want to be around kids, they do have an outdoor patio that I like to use when the weather is nice. They also have a really nice fireplace and comfy chairs over by the windows.
One really cool thing to note is that they have digital punch cards for the loyalty program. 10 purchases gets a free drink and they do the same for the waffles. You also get a free punch just for downloading the app.