Restaurant Review: Cape Charles Coffee House

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A full day of seeing sites, museums, shops and nature, on Virginia's Eastern Shore demands the services of a good restaurant to fuel your explorations on the barrier island.

CapeCharlesCoffeeShopAt the Cape Charles Coffee House, you can start your day with a breakfast worthy of any big-town restaurant. The food is satisfying to the taste buds and the appetite, and the setting is a sample of the down-home history of the area. The building on Mason Avenue in Cape Charles, Virginia was first a bank, then a men's haberdashery. It was built a century ago, in the 1910s, during the area's boom years, when travel and commerce made its way down the Eastern Shore through the town. Much of the building retains its original materials. It sports classic tin ceilings, a gorgeous wood floor, and art deco chandeliers. The walls display local artwork, further tying the business into the history of the community and giving visitors ever-changing choices of notable souvenirs.

If you really want to build your energy for the day's travels, begin with their signature Cafe Cape Charles, a double shot of fresh brewed espresso, hazelnut flavor, rich caramel, chocolate, and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream.


Breakfast options at the coffee house include both the healthy - like the yogurt parfait pictured here - and the hearty - like the phenomenal French toast. All of the creations I saw, at my table and those around, were presented with artistic flair to match the culinary quality.

Like many of the newer Eastern Shore establishments, the Cape Charles Coffee House is owned and operated by "come here's," those one-time visitors who fell in love with the area and left the rat race of the big city to settle down in a more relaxed place. Marshal and Roberta Romeo and their son rejuvenated the building, opened the restaurant, and are still hands-on operators. You can see Roberta in the photo above, her chef's garb demonstrating her part in the food planning and preparation, and her posture showing her warm, friendly, hands-on approach to making customers feel welcome.

Besides memorable breakfasts, Cape Charles Coffee House also serves sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts. They will pack guests a picnic lunch for day trips to the nearby beaches or parks.

Cape Charles Coffee House

241 Mason Avenue

Cape Charles, Virginia 23310




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