Cafe Fresh, Near Columbia.
The food is ok.
The service is pitiful.
THE MUFFINS ARE OUTSTANDING.
lemon, strawberry, chocolate banana, blueberry- each is the best I've ever had in it's category. yes, i said strawberry. strawberry muffin???? yes.
i'm a rather articulate person who's challenged NOT to make the rest of this post a string of overused superlatives, but i'll try: the muffin I had this morning was this luscious purse of moist dough that tasted impeccibly of funnel cake. excavated with tunnels formed by the strawberry nectar and fresh strawberry halves, this muffin had pockets of must-be organic strawberries THROUGHOUT. unbelievable.
the lemon muffin is displayed upside down. forget muffin-top pageantry, here they've turned the unchallenged convention of right-side-up muffin display on it's head. here, the historically dispensible stem part of the muffin instead presents a nugget of gastronomic gold: a lemon wheel, zest and all, that has caramelized in the bottom of the baking pan during the precious 22 minutes of baking, infusing the entire bun with an authentic lemon taste the deapths of which i wouldn't have imagine could be reached in baking.
just go. again, expect nothing more than a great muffin (and great counter seat with a sidewalk view of tired social work students getting through yet another day).