Saturday, April 23, 2016

Brunch at the Mustard Seed Cafe -- Akron, OH


Dave and I recently checked out the Mustard Seed Cafe in the Highland Square neighborhood of Akron. The Mustard Seed is the largest locally-owned retailer of natural and organic products in Ohio. Located above the Akron store is the Mustard Seed Cafe which serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. There is a fully stocked bar as well as a juice and smoothie menu. We weren't entirely sure what to expect during our visit, but we knew that the Mustard Seed maintains strict standards regarding the food they sell/serve meaning free from things like chemical preservatives and artificial coloring among other things.




When you enter the Mustard Seed Cafe, you order all of your food at the counter. We went while the weekend brunch menu was available, so we opted to order from that.




Once you've ordered you choose your seat, there are quite a few seating options ranging from high top tables to the outdoor patio.



It was chilly, so no patio for us.




I ordered the Sunrise Sunset made with Pineapple Juice, Natalie's OJ, and Pureed Strawberries.




Dave ordered the Smoothie of the Day made with Coconut Water, Pineapple, Orange, Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, and Grapes. 



The winner for us was the Sunrise Sunset, the flavors were great and the juice wasn't too sweet. I appreciated how fresh the juice was and the beautiful presentation.

For my meal I selected the Avocado BLT with Coconut "Bacon" severed with Organic Leaf Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado. As a vegetarian, I really appreciated that Coconut "Bacon" was an option to order on all of the menu items that are traditionally sold with bacon. This was one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten, I cannot wait to go back to have this again. The Coconut "Bacon" evoked this really great umami and all of the ingredients complemented each other so nicely. It was really difficult for me to share this sandwich with Dave, because it was just spectacular.




Dave ordered the Creme Brulee French Toast -- Fresh Baguette with Egg Custard and Warm Caramel. For an extra $1, he topped it with Whipped Cream, Fresh Strawberries, and Candied Walnuts. This was a very good dish and although we appreciate something sweet for brunch, I think Dave might have preferred something a little more savory after trying my amazing Avocado BLT.





Dave's came with a side of fresh fruit.



There is a station to pick up Reverse Osmosis Water if you'd like water to drink or would like something alongside whatever you've ordered.



I was very impressed with the brunch we enjoyed at the Mustard Seed Cafe. Our food was delivered quickly and it tasted great. Even though it wasn't a traditional sit down restaurant, you could tell by the presentation that whoever was preparing the food cared about how plates were going out to the customer. Every Mustard Seed Cafe employee we encountered was polite and friendly -- from the person who took our order, to the person who delivered and removed our plates when we were finished.

I thought the prices were appropriate considering what we ordered and the fact that we were getting the best possible ingredients. We saw several items on the dinner menu that we would like to try and we can't wait to go sit out on the patio in the summer. People might pass by this gem of a location because they're not sure what the Mustard Seed Cafe is all about, but it's worth the visit.

My rating for Brunch at the Mustard Seed Cafe:


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