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“42 years is a long time” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Attic Coffee Mill Cafe

The Attic Coffee Mill Cafe
631 W. Main Street, Madison, IN 47250
+1 812-265-5781
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Ranked #2 of 61 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: Café
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert
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Dining options: Lunch, Dessert
Madison, Indiana, United States
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“42 years is a long time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

There was a time when the west end of Main Street was a thrilling part of town. The sheen is gone, although a few stalwarts hang on. The Attic/Coffee Mill Cafe is one of those, recently celebrating 42 years in business. Mother and daughter team Judy and Julie still infuse the place with their personalities and it's still worth a stop, but the shop has not completely escaped the general winding down of West Main.

Visited July 2012
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Madison, Indiana
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22 restaurant reviews
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“Great coffee shop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

The Attic is also a great place for lunch. The soups and sandwiches are excellent. There is also a great selection of desserts and ice cream.

Visited June 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Best Desserts in Madison”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

This quaint little country shop sells the best desserts in Madison. Period.

It's a shame they're trying to market themselves as a coffee shop. You'll see signs declaring they serve the best coffee around... I suppose that depends what you're looking for. If you like your coffee a la Maxwell House or Folgers, but you like a little bit of flavoring - this might be your cup here. But for coffee snobs like myself? I asked them what the roast date was on some of their whole bean coffee, and the woman at the counter looked utterly confused.

The sandwiches - are fine. In my opinion, better than The Downtowner. I like the Red Pepper Cafe's sandwiches better, but if those sandwiches are too "weird" for you, this may be a good choice. It's standard fare - conservative crowd-pleasing paninis and wraps, with average ingredient quality.

But the deserts here shine. The Gelato is, by far, the best ice cream in the Madison area. And the baked goods, if they aren't skillfully hand-made, certainly managed to fool me. I've tried a lot of pies, brownies, and cupcakes from here, and I've never had a disappointment.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Iced coffee $2 and good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Nice spot for an afternoon iced coffee and slice of pie!

Visited June 2012
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Madison, Indiana
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“very good food, minimal service provided”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

they are only open for lunch but they have good wraps, sandwiches, soups and desserts. Please be aware though that there really isn't much service provided in the sense of it has a system similar to panera for service. Judy the owner took our order though and she is the sweetest person ever! They have great pie too!

  • Visited May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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