Everything about this place fulfills your nostalgia for a genuine coffee house, before Starbucks incorporated and sterilized them. The location is perfect. Set in an historic bulding, where everything is hardwood, the aura that Birdie's gives off stellar. There are themed decorations for each season, artsy decor, complete with a comfy couch, and rotating displays of local art on the walls. My favorite part is the quote about Enlightenment-age coffee houses that adorns the wall in the main room. If it's a nice day, you can sit outside and enjoy the weather in the outdoor seating area. The coffee is good, and they switch blends daily. Espresso drinks are made with care, not mass manufatured, and they have seasonal and just plain creative specialty drinks that you can only get there. The food is never bad. The serve breakfast (sandwiches, bagels, pastires, and omlettes), have sandwiches to order, made to order salads, and fresh-made soups. Most of their food is local by the way. Their baker is local and they make the soup themselves. Even the staff is amazing, people that you would expect to see working in a coffee house, and they know their stuff. They'll be willing to help you out if you don't know what to order. What stands out the most is the amount of care that goes into the whole operation by the owner, who is there a lot of the time, and gets right into the fray, but still manages the business. She has done a good job making her establishment a staple of the community. You may go in for a second but find yourself there for hours enjoying the coffee, food, and music and poetry that's all happening at Birdie's
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