Saturday, 27 July 2013

BROWN DOG COFFEE SHOPPE

312 Dundas Street East
Waterdown, ON
www.browndogcoffeeshoppe.com
visited Friday July 26, 2013

A short trip out to buy some plants at a nearby Waterdown nursery led us to this nice coffee shop on a sunny Friday afternoon.  I had heard about this franchise previously and had marked it on my list of places to visit.  I'm not a huge fan of the large franchise style operations, but this place still maintained their quaint neighbourhood coffee shop feel, and 4 locations throughout southern Ontario, would hardly qualify them as a large franchise operation.




The corner unit building it was housed in was all brick with large windows and big beautiful wood doors with stained glass in it.  Just from the outside it had presence and character and the interior was no different.  Lots of good seating for large or small groups.  Even a large dining table tucked into one corner that seemed cozy and intimate still.  The décor was a bit trendy hang out spot meets charming small town coffee shop.  A good combination!

There is quite a large selection on the menu ranging from breakfast plates, sandwiches, salads, soups, baked goods and of course coffee and hot drinks.  They pride themselves on their made to order hot apple fritters, where they have a "fritter observatory" that you can watch your yummy donut being fried and sugar coated.  You could really come here at all hours of the day and be satisfied with something on the menu. 

Country Turkey Sandwich on whole wheat $7


We each ordered a sandwich to split, an apple fritter to share (bad idea.....must get your own!!!) and a coffee for me.  There was no line up, but the place had a good buzz with several patrons in it already.  We sat down with our number and the sandwiches came out pretty instantly, even though they were freshly made.  You get your choice of white, whole wheat or marble rye for the bread, which is always nice to have options.

My sandwich the Country Turkey ($7) was loaded with sliced deli turkey meat, port cranberry sauce and mayo.  The bread was soft and the contents all tasted good together and it came with a big slice of dill pickle on the side.  It was delicious and filling for a casual lunch, but a pretty standard turkey sandwich.  No bells or whistles here, which sometimes is just fine too.

Philly Sandwich $7
My husband had a hot sandwich the Philly ($7), which had montreal smoked beef, swiss cheese, onions and roasted red peppers.  The meat was super tasty and tender and the combination of flavours was a bit more creative on this one.  This I would come back for, simply because its hard to do meat like that at home.



The medium roast coffee ($1.75)  was slightly disappointing.  It came out of one of those push thermoses and wasn't as piping hot as I would've liked.  It also lacked body and depth and seemed a bit watery in my opinion.  I'll admit I'm more of an espresso/latte drinker than coffee drinker so maybe my taste buds just prefer something stronger, but I wasn't impressed.  I also would've like them to have offered me the coffee in a ceramic cup which they have available for those eating in.  Coffee always tastes better in a mug.  Their latte, milkshake and mocha menu seemed tantalizing so I'll definitely pass on the coffee and go for one of those next time instead.

Apple Fritter $1.25, Medium Coffee $1.75
And finally the piece de resistance, the freshly made apple fritter ($1.25).  We got to watch as that golden piece of dough bobbed around in the hot oil and then was drenched in a cinnamon sugar coating at the end.  What makes it an apple fritter you ask?  Well they have fresh apple slice rings which go into each fritter, so when you bite into it you get this softened apple layer.  The fritter was perfect, not greasy and light and fluffy enough.  I'm just sad we only got one to share.  They are not huge so definitely get your own when you go or try a Hot & Cold apple fritter.... 3 fritters with ice cream for a dessert treat.

Service was fast, friendly and inviting.  We liked the way they came all the way around the counter to deliver you your food and one lady was just sitting waiting for her fritter to go and the server came out to personally hand it to her instead of just passing it across the counter.  That's good customer service in my opinion.
fresh baked cookies







blackboard menu
Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe on Urbanspoon
Rating:Food 3.5*, Value 3.5*, Service 4.5*, Décor/Ambiance 5.0*

Overall: 4.1 This place had great energy, the food was fresh and tasty and the apple fritters are definitely a crowd pleaser.  This place is multi-functional and caters to those wanting to chat over hot drinks all afternoon, a couple out for a casual lunch or a family treating themselves to some dessert (FRITTERS namely!!).  I'll be back to try their daily soup a Cheesecake Fritter and a Brown Dog Latte.
 

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