Story and photos by Marie Rodriguez
Cup Café enjoys the same vibe as the Hotel Congress in which it is located, and boasts a menu that is capable of pleasing various palates.
The historic theme prevalent throughout the hotel is kept within the café as well. Chandeliers made with wine bottles hang suspended in air, while pennies tile the floor. There’s a classy charm amidst the candlelit tables and well-dressed staff.
Three different menus along with daily features make for an ever-interesting order every visit.
For breakfast, from opening at 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., diners may choose items ranging from simple eggs and toast to tequila-cured salmon, tofu scramble or biscuits and gravy.
Meals served during the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. lunchtime include a popular tortilla soup, various salads, and creatively interesting fish and beef plates.
The dinner menu includes some items from the lunch menu and even the Hotel Omelet from breakfast. It is split between small plates and large plates, comparable to many restaurants’ lunch and dinner portions.
A “starving students” plan of food attack is best during the café’s happy hour weekdays between 4 and 7 p.m. Appetizers, any item on the small-plate menu, cost just $5 each and will satisfy a hungry appetite.
The Wild Boar Sloppy Joes, served with tempura jalapeno and rosemary sweet potato chips, are a personal favorite.
The two somewhat-mini burgers contain a surprisingly juicy beef, but they’re not too sloppy like your normal Joes. The coleslaw inside with strips of bell peppers adds a complimentary crunch.
The rosemary sweet potato chips make the plate better than good. What is predominately salty alone becomes sweet when eaten with a bite of burger.
An all-around delectable meal awaits at Cup Café. Your stomach will not be disappointed.
Address: 311 E. Congress St.