McFarland House Cafe
In a word: Get it before it's gone.
JM ate the Cuban club with chips and a cup of cookie dough ice cream.
Nichole ate the Villager turkey sandwich with slaw and a "dirt cup" ice cream sundae.
The bill was $24, or $12/person, plus tip (and book!).
JM and Nichole gave McFarland House Cafe an A- (see our grading rubric).
It's hard to know how many pixels to spill on McFarland House Cafe since it recently went up for sale, but man, oh man, what a cute little place! What a great community service to McFarland (especially one that is now sans Beach House).
We arrived on a summer afternoon that seems a little gauzed over in the light of fall. We noticed many things (Coffee! Soup! Ice Cream! Local storytelling-for-kids posters!), and the menu was surprisingly rich and well-balanced, though oddly organized. Some of the "sandwiches" were salads and then there were also maybe 7 varieties of meat loaf sandwich.
JM's Cuban club was really quite good. The meat was so tender and the attendant BBQ sauce was nothing short of amazing with a little smoke (augmented by coffee, to JM's later surprise) and a lotta sweetness. Nichole's Villager came on a roll with turkey, Swiss, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, (breath) carrots, and Thai chili mayo - which added up to a very mild yet satisfying sammy. The slaw turned out to be both heavy on purple cabbage and flavor.
Desert for her was a dirt cup, complete with gummi worms. JM's dish of cookie dough ice cream was pretty good, too. We also got to pick up a copy of Irene Cash and Victor Marsh's gorgeous market cookbook, Savoring the Harvest, which McFarland House Cafe had on sale in a hutch. So the meal was a treasure and community-minded nature of McFarland House makes it feel all the more like a great place to come and sit and simply be. But be soon, since their days may be numbered.