Food: Edmonton08 Feb 2010 08:22 pm

My brother, ever a whirlwind, blew into town from Kelowna this weekend. I immediately insisted we go dress shopping in Sherwood Park. My TRUE motive was to get him to go to Cafe Haven with me, though.

I first read about Cafe Haven on foodiesuz’s website and have stored it away in my brain for my  next visit to the bedroom community of Sherwood Park. I often go to Costco there, and you know what they say about shopping on an empty stomach!

I must confess cafes in Edmonton (other than Sugarbowl, da capo or Tesoro) turn me off. I think of schizophrenic menus, glass cases half full of stale baked goods and sad cups of coffee when I think cafe here. Hence, I went into Cafe Haven with a cautious approach.

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Cafe Haven’s glass cases were full of deliciousness!

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My concerns were unwarranted.

This little cafe has it goin’ on. In the community where I imagine Starbucks and Second Cup are the norm for caffeine junkies, Cafe Haven was bumping. Located in a strip mall in the space of a former bank (there is even an old vault), it is full of eclectic decorations and furniture, and features a limited but focused menu (lunch fare, mostly) and helpful staff. I totally agree with foodiesuz/Susan’s sentiments about most coffee shop menus being disjointed and all over the place. That said: Haven nails all the good stuff.

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We both got sandwiches and I got a London Fog to drink. There were many other things that piqued my interest: nachos (!), pumpkin pie, hummus, soup. Their menu changes for the autumn/winter seasons and then again for spring and summer. There is also brunch (the menu changes weekly), catering… it’s a wonder cafe!

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The brunch menu is taped up, but also updated online. They will be having a Valentines Day brunch as well.

My London Fog came out quickly and was, hands down, one of the best I have ever had. Along with a nutmeg-y sugar blend, there were curls of orange peel on top of the rich foam, adding a citrus brightness to the creamy tea blend. I do regret not getting a latte though; their latte art is beautiful and their beans are from Transcend.

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Grilled pumpkin feta pesto spinach panini. The pumpkin was odd, but amazing. It just worked. My brother got chicken brie. He found the brie a bit sloppy and gooey, but otherwise the sandwich was delicious.

While we visited midday, they are open for dinner as well and are licensed. They had a posting for a short story slam, and while normally I might scoff at such things, I thought it was a good idea for a great space.

I will definitely be back, maybe as soon as for Valentines Day brunch.

Lunch for two with two drinks was about $22, and on my brother. Thanks Tory!


Cafe Haven
9 Sioux Road
Sherwood Park

Mon – Fri 8am – 9pm
Sat 9am – 6pm
Sun 10am – 4pm

oh. And just for fun…

dress

bubble hems are not for me. 🙂

8 Responses to “cafe haven, sherwood park”

  1. on 09 Feb 2010 at 7:24 am H.Peter

    Will it happen in vegas?

  2. on 09 Feb 2010 at 4:41 pm 32-P

    Mmmmm, I’ve never had pumpkin on a sandwich! I think of it more as a desserty or quickbready fruit.

    That wedding dress is very… bubbly. Like something a 1984 Olympic figure skater would wear on her big day. “I TRIPLE-AXEL do!”

  3. on 09 Feb 2010 at 11:03 pm Kelly

    32-p: Pumpkin in a sandwich is very filling and super healthy in a beta-carotene way. I will definitely experiment with this.

    And your figure skating analogy is very apropos for my (athletic) background.

    H.Peter: Does the short wedding dress give any clues to the location?

  4. on 10 Feb 2010 at 12:52 am A Canadian Foodie

    You look adorable in a bubble hem! With legs like that, short works! Tell us more!

  5. on 10 Feb 2010 at 7:58 am H.Peter

    Das ist EXCITING!!

  6. on 12 Feb 2010 at 8:16 am Bellavino

    that sandwich looks delish!
    I am planning my vegas wedding as well – any tips you care to share?? I dont know anyone else who has done it this way so Im kind of on my own!

  7. on 18 May 2010 at 1:06 pm jeff sutherland

    Could not handle living in Sherwood Park without this place!

    Good review, and great dress!

  8. on 05 Nov 2012 at 12:54 am Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life

    Ha… wonderful to bump into your site. I just googled Cafe Haven to remind myself what time they open on Sundays. Hubby and I are heading out there on this fine wintery day.

    Isn’t that place wonderful? Right now I’m into the Moccachinos (sp?)… a perfect marriage of chocolate and coffee, in my view.

    Enjoyed my visit here… and the pic of your ‘bubble’ experience. Agree with the idea of it being a great figure skating do.

    Best to you……