Update Aug 1, 2014: The Cedar Tree have noted on their Facebook page that they are closing immediately. I’m sorry to see them go, and wish Lisa, the proprietor, and her family all the best. If you’re looking for a good latte, give Chess Piece Cafe a try.
I do love me a good latte.
And while Starbucks makes a decent one and Second Cup makes a genuinely good one, I’m always on the hunt for truly great caffeine with some local ambience. After all, why not support a local business that keeps all it’s profits in the area?
This caffeine-motivated quest first took me to the Cedar Tree Cafe on Queen Street in downtown Fredericton on a friend’s recommendation. I was looking for a good place to get some work done, and was a bit worried to walk in and see what looked more like a restaurant than a stay-for-hours cafe.
But the Cedar Tree Cafe, like all downtown establishments, has free Wi-Fi, and the presence of several other solitary patrons engrossed in their laptops reassured me.
The lattes are delicious.
You can stay as long as you like.
The carrot cake is divine.
The artwork on the walls is bright, vibrant, and inspiring.
That’s about all I learned on my first few visits. Finally, this week, I was able to visit at lunch time and sample the menu. Most of the meals are Lebanese-inspired and all are made from scratch with local ingredients, whenever they’re seasonally available. The falafel wrap tempted me, but the “Fully-loaded Minestrone,” the lunch special of the day, came highly recommended by my server.
On a bitterly, unseasonably, cold December day, minestrone sounded pretty good. What came out was even better: almost stew-like, the soup was indeed fully loaded with beans, sausage, bacon, pasta, and came with a side of pita grilled cheese.
Whether you’re looking for a place to have a fair-trade latte and get some work done, or for a belly-filling meal made from scratch, I’ve got no problem recommending the Cedar Tree Cafe.
I hear they even have live bands at night, but with a toddler at home we don’t get out for that sort of thing very often anymore!
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