This was our second visit to The Cave Bistro located in Avon by the Sea. The first time was over 2 years ago when they were known called The Cave and featured a paleo diet menu. Since then they have changed their name to The Cave Bistro, did some remodeling of the restaurant – mostly the exterior from what we saw - and expanded its menu beyond paleo. Despite the changes they still maintain a menu catering to gluten free, dairy free, vegan and healthy diners. The food is still as good as it was 2 years ago.
The restaurant offers a combined breakfast/lunch menu mid day and changes to a dinner menu in the evenings on Saturdays and weekdays – except Tuesdays when they are closed. Sundays they offer a Sunday Brunch and closed Sunday evenings. Open table reservations are only available for the The Cave Bistro but only during the dinner hours. There is no corn in the dishes on their menu. Substitution of items on their menu are not allowed. There is no children menu. Easy listening relaxing music is played at a low tone in the background which makes conversation at the tables easy. Our waitress was attentive, helpful and friendly.
The interior of the Cave Bistro has maintained its simple, laid back, rustic décor with swinging, screen doors at it main entrance, candle chandlers hanging from the ceiling, pictures with nautical themes hanging on the walls and Christmas lights hanging over head. Drinks like ice tea and water are served in mason jars.
Our most recent visit was for lunch with a party of five on a Saturday at about 1 PM. Street parking is available in the surrounding blocks and we diagonally parked on 5th Avenue next to the restaurant where there were a handful of open spots that day. We had two gluten free diners in our group – one adult and one child. To drink we ordered the hibiscus tea and Next level coffees. The hibiscus tea was more like a flavored water drink – not sweet at all - but it was healthy and refreshing. The New Level coffee – had butter and coconut oil in it – and it was very creamy. Not sweet, but nice with a mild, natural taste.
For our main course we orders the Cave man breakfast – consisting of bacon, eggs and sweet potato hash browns; Brisket wraps made from sliced brisket wrapped in brown rice tacos with a salad on the side (highly recommended by our waitress); and the Bison, Duck and Egg Burger which is a ground Bison burger was served with no bun and duck fat beneath a fried egg, salad on the side with a light dressing and sweet potato hash browns.
The gluten free adult ordered the Brisket wrap and was very impressed by the brown rice tacos they used. She was very pleased with her meal. It was a very good recommendation from the waitress. One adult ordered the Cave man breakfast and said it was delicious. For the gluten free child we ordered the Cave man breakfast with bacon and hash browns on the side since we were not sure she would eat the eggs. She ate all the bacon but not much else. I had the Bison, Duck and Egg Burger and it was delicious. They stacked the egg on top of the bison burger and the sweet potato hash browns beneath it.
For dessert the Cave offers home made gluten free dishes. Two of our party ordered the Almond butter brownies which were delicious. We only wish they offered a children menu or food substitutions for the children. We very much enjoyed our visit to the Cave and on the way up on Main Street we spotted the Macaroon Shop in Avon by the Sea – a bakery that sells gluten free macaroons and cakes. We had to stop in and check it out and buy some gluten free pastry on our way home.
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