Supporting Local Farmers
The name is Small B&B Café and that’s just what it is! Small and quaint with the touch of home and the goodness of the earth filled my mind as I walked into this colorful café. It is side by side to a very eclectic bed and breakfast. Nestled in a small tourist town called Pittsboro. Just 10 miles north of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the home of UNC.
The restaurant clearly supports local farmers by all the signs displayed along the walls with local artwork lingering about and a colorful wooden rocking horse as you walk in the door. The motif seemed to be playing with shabby chic and country cottage while the smell of home-cooked meals echoed in the air.
As I walked up to the counter the jolly women with different colors braided in her hair, wearing overalls smiled warmly and stated, “You’ve never been here before“. I chuckled and nodded and she proceeded to finish her words of wisdom, “Well ya here now”.
I giggled as her energy and warm smile seemed almost contagious and I am not usually swayed so easily. But I could not help but be drawn to this woman and the ambiance this cafe had to offer. Every customer that came in the door spoke and greeted me. No one rushed about acting impatient although the service was timely and professional.
The menu of the day displayed on the chalkboard wall consisted of Ricotta & Lemon Hotcakes, Asparagus & Mushroom soup with a dash of lemon, Chicken Salad Sandwich with tarragon and green onions, Sunrise Salad with asparagus, green onions, hard-boiled egg along with creamy lemon, dill dressing. There were a few better sounding dishes. Although the menu was short it did not lack in originality or flavor.
I chose the soup and salad combo with a homemade dinner roll. At the counter, I placed and paid for my order. I received a joker card which as my “number”. I placed my card on the table right in the middle of the restaurant. The café consisted of about 6 tables, a couch, and coffee table, with several sitting options outside if weather permits.
The food came out just in time and was cooked and prepared to perfection. My soup was so creamy and the asparagus was just right. The added lemon gave it a great kick which I thoroughly enjoyed. I dipped my fresh-baked dinner roll into the bowl finishing it completely. The Sunrise Salad was a great mix of slightly sautéed asparagus, green onions, and mixed greens. I must say the dressing is what really made this salad. It was creamy while the dill balanced the lemon which created a rich flavor to the last drop.
I finished my food with a homemade raspberry ice tea. Then I bussed my own dishes in the tray designated for such. This is a great place to eat if you are looking for a meal just like Mom used to make. But with a twist. The atmosphere was relaxing and fun but still had a great level of service. The ingredients are all local and bought daily. This is a great place to eat when you are looking for organic alternatives that support local farms and businesses.
As I looked around once more before leaving I notice how happy everyone seemed. It was just that kind of place. I decided to tell the jolly woman how much I enjoyed my experience. She smiled and said,
“Farm to fork, that’s our motto. We support local, we support natural and we provide affordable, with a smile and hug if ya need it! And the food ain’t so bad if I say so myself.“
I smiled as leaving this quaint café thinking, “Right she was, right she was.”