One thing I love about working at a school is having the school hours! It really is nice to have lots of holidays and breaks off to relax or get things done. When we were off on President's Day, I was planning to run some errands, go to the grocery store and grab lunch somewhere. Since I typically go to Kroger in Madeira, I decided to grab a bite to eat near the Kroger. Coffee Please is a little cafe and coffee shop located on Miami Ave. right by the Kroger. Very convenient for me! I had been here once before, but it had been a long time, so I didn't quite remember a lot about it.
There is parking on the street right in front or there are lots around back as well. The coffee shop was packed! I went around lunch time but I'm guessing a lot of other people were enjoying their day off work as well. I saw the menu board hanging behind the counter, so I made my way toward the front to try to read the menu. I don't know if it is my eyes or what, but I had a really hard time reading the menu. I didn't see it written anywhere else or a print-out, so I just went up to the cashier and asked her. There were options of soups, hot sandwiches, cold sandwiches, and a few salads. I really couldn't say the variety of food there was because I couldn't see. I went in knowing I was in the mood for a grilled cheese and tomato soup, so I just asked the cashier if they had that. Sure enough, they did! I asked for a half sandwich and soup, but they don't do half of grilled cheese. She said they do offer half sandwiches of other ones, however.
So, after ordering my soup and sandwich, she gave me a number and said they would bring my lunch out to me. I cozied up in one of the only tables available, which was by a window. I liked being able to read my book and have the sunshine right by me as well! It was pretty loud in the cafe with couples, children, and some individual people working on their laptops. I did notice there were children's books and games near the window, so I'm assuming many families come into this shop.
My food was quickly brought out to me with my water as well. I sampled the tomato soup first. It was very warm and I loved the texture. It wasn't too chunky or too creamy. It had some rotini-type noodles in the soup which I really liked! This had a hint of basil, but not very much that was overwhelming at all. I loved this tomato soup! Probably one of the best I've had.
I next dove into my grilled cheese sandwich. This was served on a marble rye with grilled onion and tomato. I like extra toppings on my grilled cheese, so I was pleased to have those in addition. This sandwich was pretty good. I liked all the ingredients and it was melted perfectly. My one complaint was I thought the bread was too crispy. It was rough on the roof of my mouth and tasted a bit burnt. Of course, it was good to dip in the tomato soup.
On the side, they gave me the option of carrots or chips. I went with the carrots, but I ended up not eating very many of them because I got full and they were dried out.
Overall, I think Coffee Please is a great little neighborhood cafe and coffee shop. I'd like to go back and try the coffee. The cafe as a whole was a bit noisy for me, but I could look past that. I like that it is a non-chain shop, but I thought it was expensive. My soup and sandwich was $10. I think that's high for lunch and I wouldn't be going back very often to spend $10 on lunch...but I really loved that tomato soup! Maybe next time I'll just get a cup of that and try some coffee :)
Overall Experience: 3