Downtown Hidden Gem, Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile

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This is one in a series article highlighting the past, present and future of The Coronet, Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile and Nightjar. Read our article “Celebrating a love for food and a connection with The Coronet”.

Visiting the patio that sits at the corner of Cushing Street and Meyer Avenue can feel like stepping into a sanctuary surrounded by lush vegetation and paired with an open sky. Whether it’s the unique dishes found on the menu of The crownthe cocktails and the atmosphere of nightjaror the comfortable atmosphere Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile sharing with people at the beginning of the day, the group of concepts operated by Sally Kane has a bit of everything.

However, if you’re looking for a more intimate counter service situation where visitors can grab a bite to eat, sip a coffee roasted by Cafe Luceor wake up to a cup of tea, Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile has all of the above and more.

Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the cafe produces mostly unique dishes, classic breakfast dishes that have started your day many times over, then bites that have been attracting eaters for years – recipes that go round for longer. than the existence of the Meyer Avenue Cafe.

“The Coronet was originally on Fourth Avenue and served breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Kane said. “It was the original idea, but gradually it became a brunch and dinner. When we moved into the new place, there was this opportunity to have a little cafe there, and Erika Bostick, who was one of my first cooks, and I had always talked about opening a Fonda — like a “mom and pop cafe” in Mexico. We wanted this smaller, precious thing that spoke to Erica’s Mexican heritage. I walked into the cafe and literally started crying. I called Erika and she fell in love too.

It was love at first sight and the sister cafe, originally named Fonda de la Hermanita, materialized. However, when the pandemic began its journey, creating a stalemate in the local culinary community, the cafe closed. Meanwhile, Bostick decided to return to school, and the cafe’s small kitchen was used by The Coronet for its convenient location near the patios. It wasn’t the forever solution, however, and it was time for the cafe to make a comeback once The Coronet brought its operations back to its dining room.

“Since the door that takes you into the small courtyard and leads you to the cafe is on Meyer Avenue, we ended up renaming it Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile,” Kane said. “So, is he just a year and a half old, or is this the thing that’s always been a part of us?” Yeah, it’s not new at all, and the recipes we started using nine years ago are still around.

Lil Dutch Babies at Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile

One of the popular dishes that has been around for a while now is the Little Dutch Babies — a fan favorite that keeps people coming back again and again. Filled with tangy citrus cream, maple syrup and seasonal fruits, these tasty puff pastries are most likely what the neighboring roosters crowed about every morning.

“They’re filled with amazing lemon sour cream,” Kane said. “They are delicious, very simple and fan favorites.”

Shakshuka at Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile

Then there is the Shakshuka. It’s one of those dishes that can be included in the “Breakfasty” or Lunchy sections of the Meyer Avenue Cafe menu. The mixture of spicy Middle Eastern tomato sauce, chickpeas, eggs and feta accompanied by homemade flatbread and cucumber salad is something Kane is proud to serve daily.

Keep scrolling through the menu and you will find other options like the Carrot Curry Soup, Gravlax Steelhead Plate, and even a BLT Sandwich. Gourmet canned seafood is always fun to eat too, like Patagonian smoked mussels or the Conservas de Cambados Octopus with Galician sauce.

In addition to what you can consume when visiting the cafe, there are also a bunch of other things to buy in the shop. Kane even has the popular Shakshuka sauce in jars and on the shelves, so you can take it home.

“It’s been there since the day we opened,” she said. “I love Shakshuka. The concept of mercantile is that we jar and package items from our menu, as well as tabletop items on the shelf. Shakshuka is such a fantastic thing to jar. Even though we serve for breakfast, you can take it home and poach chicken breasts in it or leave it vegan and serve it with a grain and sautéed greens It’s just breakfast, lunch and dinner really versatile.

It’s not just another gift shop that’s been positioned in a restaurant lobby, selling products you can buy at any other national retailer. Like other unique and creative stores found in town and similar to the shop inside blue willow or items for sale on 5 Market and Restaurant Pointsyou can discover all kinds of local and even unique products in the Meyer Avenue Cafe shop.

“We sell our granola, and we have this really amazing green chutney that’s used in coffee on frittatas — it’s for sale,” Kane said. “Our pickles, turmeric turmeric and even our Jamaican curd which is used in our pastries and cookies are for sale.”

If you have your four-legged friend with you for the trip, there is also a little something for him.

“Our dog biscuits,” Kane said, enthusiastically. “We give them to people who come with their dogs. Their dogs also get lots of kisses while they rave about how amazing the cookies are. They can also buy them and take them home.

In conclusion, if you are walking around downtown and looking for a place to settle down, grab a coffee, order an alcoholic drink like a Bloody Mary or a mimosa, or bite into a chocolate chip cookie that will cheer you up. with its notes of cayenne, swing and enjoy the sun on the terrace of the Meyer Avenue Cafe.

On the other hand, if you’re not in the mood to soak up the rays that Tucson provides over 350 days a year, there’s plenty of shaded space on the patio, too.

Muffins at Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile

Keep in mind that the cafe is open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily, but you can always stop by the store later in the day while dining at the Coronet. Take a bottle of wine home and reminisce about that wonderful time you had at the corner of Cushing Street and Meyer Avenue.

Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile is located at 198 W. Cushing St. For more information and menus, visit meyeravenuecafe.com.

This is one in a series article highlighting the past, present and future of The Coronet, Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile and Nightjar. Read our article “Celebrating a love for food and a connection with The Coronet”.

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