In reality, we were not drawn to Covert Cafe by promises of vegetarian food but by Vanfoodster's Cinnamon Bun Challange (a summary of which will be our next posting before the end of the month).
Covert Cafe - Deep Cove - Vegetarian Awareness Month
I have only been to Deep Cove a couple of times before but it is a picturesque little community at the south end of Indian Arm. Once you get into town it is not hard to find Covert Cafe (despite the name) as there is basically one main road leading to the waterfront. I am kind of wishing that I had taken a picture of the front of CC that puts it more in the context of this charming village (try Street View!).
It was almost lunchtime and we were feeling a bit peckish when we arrived so rather than head straight to dessert, we decided to try a Vegetarian Panini. This was a really good sandwich! Spinach, red bell peppers, and artichoke as well as melty gruyere on some nice grainy bread!
They have a number of tempting baked treats to offer here and we decided to try one of their Fudge Brownies. It was rich and delicious. We were a little thrown by a greenish mark on the bottom (we knew it wasn't anything bad) that turned out to be an M and M which they have included in the recipe! Nice idea!
And finally came the main event! With cinnamon buns timing is everything! Fresh from the oven this not small bun was full of warm melty cinnamon sugar and cream cheese icing. It was nothing short of amazing! I am still wrestling with whether this is #1 or #2 in the challenge but for the record, Mharie picks it as #1!
This tiny charming cafe has only one table open these days (and a couple of outside tables if the weather suits) but most people came in to get their goodies (and frankly really good coffee) to go. The washroom was not working which was more than a little bit inconvenient but there is a public washroom in the park not far away.
Our baker's grandmother who came from Italy has been the inspiration for all that you can enjoy here and you can read their story on the Covert Cafe website. The folks who run the place were very friendly and responded enthusiastically to our interest in their craft.
Food 4 out of 5
Comfort 3 out of 5 (the washroom thing)
Service 4 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
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