Cafe 7 Delicatessen and Pastaria Pleases a Family Budget
Sunday afternoon, Mr. Wonderful was working and it was just me and the kids heading somewhere for lunch. I was looking for somewhere reasonable and we decided to try out Cafe 7.
The boy was a little skeptical, because he’d been to these “types” of places before and he didn’t think he’d get enough to eat.
He’s sixteen, playing football and eats a side of beef now for every meal.
Anyway, we walked into Cafe 7 and were greeted by a counter of these.
Each card had items listed for us to pick from to order from each of their categories – Pizza, Salad, Pasta or Sandwich.
See, the concept going at Cafe 7 is that there are seven items on each menu, and you will receive the one you order in seven minutes for seven dollars. You can choose from the pre-planned menu items, or you can create your own by using the “build your own” section of that card, but pay attention to the number of items you get to choose to stay in your $7 range. I went over by accident, and they didn’t let me know and just went ahead and charged me. This price also doesn’t include sides or drinks, but still is a good deal, when all is said and done.
Really, the only problem I see with this system, (and they may have revamped it since opening) is that on a busy day, the line may pile up, but the entrance area is large enough that I think they’ll be okay.
The kiddos looked over the menu and both decided on pasta.
I took a bit longer and decided to create my own pizza.
Once you decide which item you want, you fill out your card and walk around the corner to the cashier/order taker person.
And behind the counter you will see wine available, either by the glass or bottle.
All bottles are $17. You will also see the soup of the day and also some baked goodies.
Then, you pay for your order and get a numbered thing-a-ma-bob.
Next, you head on over to a table after serving yourself up your drink of choice.
Within seven minutes we did receive our food. Tori had penne with a mixture of alfredo sauce and pesto, bacon and some grilled chicken on top.
(Please note the ever present cell phone being texted on, one of my teenager pet peeves)
For $7 and in a real bowl (not paper) with real silverware, I think this is a pretty good deal. I also tasted it, and it was very good.
Conner got the Fettucini Alfredo with Chicken and red pepper flakes. Somehow he thought the red pepper flakes were one of his items so he got gyped on a topping. They forgot to put them on and that’s when we realized there was a shaker at the counter and so I don’t know what was up with his order.
Both pasta dishes came with toasted garlic bread. The sauce was good, there was plenty of chicken and the boy who didn’t think he’d get full was full when we left.
It was a good day for a mom of a teenage boy.
Remember I had ordered the build your own pizza?
I built mine like this – pesto, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and mushrooms.
If you go over the limit on your toppings, you’ll have to pay an additional $1.00 and take caution – bacon, chicken and sausage have an * next to them and count as two toppings. I went over as I didn’t realize that (it is in fine print on the menu). I wasn’t warned and also was told that even though I didn’t want mozerella cheese (I just wanted feta), that I had to have another choice of cheese. I didn’t understand that and I didn’t want it.
So much for “build your own”. Remember the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld? “You WILL order cheese or no more pizza for YOU!”
STILL, just look at this beautiful baby I ordered.
I ate three pieces of this and took the rest home, as I was full-to-the -brim. Even for $8, this was soooo good.
The last time I ate at Cafe 7, I ordered their Signature Salad. Their salads are huge, and loaded and worth the $7.
I appreciate that there is a place like this that’s taken fast food and fancied it up.
I also appreciate that I could take my family here for seven dollars a head.
Cafe 7 is A-okay in my book. We’ll be back again.