Tucked away on Palm Avenue is a quaint cafe called Posh. I always thought it was a furniture store, until a friend of mine told me they served breakfast and lunch. Since I had a package to drop off across the street at the pack and ship store, I decided to stop in and have lunch.
This place makes me smile just walking up to it. Cafe style tables outside and a chalk board with today’s specials on it give you a clue that a cafe is just beyond the doors. Shabby chic is the first thought that comes to mind to describe the furnishings offered for purchase. They have linens, soaps, clothing, drapes, pillows and so much more. Everything in the store is a soft palette of whites, creams and powder colors that automatically prompt my mind to go into relaxation mode.
Beyond the furnishings towards the back of the building is the cafe. The counter displays pastries from carrot cake to croissants, all baked fresh everyday. Lisa Howard greets me with a smile and tells me all about the cafe and options, she is lovely and informative. Lunch consists of a handful of options all homemade; from the oven roast turkey made daily and sliced for their turkey sandwich, club or to add to the BLT, or the chicken pot pie, chicken salad and what I go for is the crust-less veggie Quiche.
Owners Mark and Susie Holt have had their doors open on Palm Avenue for the past three years, however they have been in business for sixteen years. Susie tells me many of the recipes they use were her grandmothers. There is also an array of coffee and tea’s available including organic green tea, organic chi and you can get a pot of tea for your table.
There are five nice size round tables in the cafe with one table in a private room off to the side. Most tables dressed with linens and beautiful centerpieces. The table I choose is off to the corner so I can admire the chandeliers that hang from the ceiling and the beauty of the space. A radio station plays soft music in the background and before I know it, Lisa is walking over with my lunch in hand; boy they are quick here.
Served on a beautiful floral dish, I admire the generous portion of Quiche that sits in front of me. Inside the Quiche is portobello mushrooms and two kinds of cheeses with cooked onions. I bite into the Quiche and understand why I am paying $11.95, it’s warm thick and full of flavor. Served on the side is one of their homemade croissants that Susie’s sister who owns a cafe in Venice makes fresh daily, and a salad consisting of organic baby greens, candied walnuts, cran-raisins, blue cheese crumbles with a balsamic vinaigrette on top. This meal is not only healthy, but it is very filling. If that’s not enough, Susie brings over a complimentary dessert similar to an oatmeal cookie; warm, moist and topped with chocolate.
I’m officially full and wish I didn’t have to run to an appointment, it’s the kind of atmosphere that makes you want to linger. Open for breakfast and lunch, I encourage you to come experience this European inspired atmosphere. Whether you’re a table for one or a large party, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to have homemade family inspired foods and pastries. Complimentary wi-fi is available while you sip on a latte. Come quiet your mind while you shop and dine in comfort while being whisked away from the everyday hustle and bustle.
Visit Posh Cafe at 33 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL. 24326, (941) 954-7674.
(All photographs taken by Dayle Hoffmann)