515 Monmouth Street
Now that the weather is getting nice again, Steve and I took a morning stroll through the neighborhood and wound up at Mammoth Café, a friendly, funky little independent coffee shop on Monmouth Street. That neither Steve nor I drink coffee mattered much, as we figured there would be more than just coffee available.
We were right. The café not only offers a full menu of hot and cold espresso/coffee beverages, but a full line of imported teas, Italian and French sodas, fruit smoothies and frappes, as well as bottled juices, soft drinks and specialty bottled sodas.
Although the food menu is small, the restaurant goes above and beyond with their vegetarian selections. Daily breakfast offerings include a burrito stuffed with vegetarian sausage and roasted potatoes; a breakfast bagel made of egg, veg sausage and pepper jack cheese; fresh fruit and cottage cheese with a fresh baked muffin; and granola with yogurt and fresh fruit. Sometimes the quiche du jour is also vegetarian so be sure to ask. All breakfast offerings are served with home baked apples or fresh fruit.
I opted for the veggie breakfast burrito with fresh fruit. Although I am not a fan of mock meats, I thought the chunks of spicy vegetarian sausage gave the burrito an interesting, chewy kick, and a decorative drizzle of Huy Fong’s Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce on the side of the plate adds a little extra umph if you want it. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. and includes several salads, a veggie wrap and soup du jour served with toasted ciabatta or jalapeno cornbread. Most menu items run $6.95-$7.50.
The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired window motif, funky fiberglass chairs and hexagon floor tile indicate a flair for mid-century modern, and the restaurant offers local artists a chance to display their artwork throughout. Mammoth Coffee and Café is open Tues-Fri from 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m., from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on weekends, and closed on Monday.