Kensington Coffee and Tea used a be my good to place for ice tea. It was a place for me to use wihi, read, and write and do whatever. It has been around forever and may have changed owners over time. I watched the renovation take place over the past month or so, and now the *new* Kensington Cafe is open. Just walking in my first time since its renovation, I missed the old coffee and tea place. The art work of the friendly, autistic man has been taken down. Uniform sets of tables and chairs have replaced the homey wicker chairs and mismatched tables. And i doubt the new cafe will continue with the open mic nights. A 13 year old kid from the neighborhood came in one night and covered Sting and John Mayer not like no other!
My first visit, I walked in and out and the whole experience lasted 3 seconds. The second time I was there a lot longer because my food took a while to be prepared...
Before work, I stopped by and had a wheat Euro bagel (tomato, pesto, cream cheese),side of breakfast potatoes, iced green tea, americano to go.
The cafe was not busy, and still took 15-20 mins to prepare. WIth plenty of time to read and reread the menu, I see they have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, beer and wine. Everything is salads, and sandwiches mostly. For dessert they make smores tableside (exciting).
My bagel was very good, even with the simple ingredients. The bagel was panini pressed with the grill marks to prove it. Top and bottom of the bagel had an even spread of pesto, the tomato was sliced thin, and the cream cheese was nice and creamy. My breakfast pototoes, while some crispy pieces burnt black, had a nice flavor. The iced green tea had was refreshing and a crisp mint flavor. The Americano was good. The cup lasted all day, and tasted even better cold.
Ken Coffee and Tea, I'll miss you.
Ken cafe, I might not be going often, but you are not bad. ;)