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“42 years is a long time”

The Attic Coffee Mill Cafe
Ranked #2 of 2 Coffee & Tea in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Lunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch
Madison, Indiana, United States
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“42 years is a long time”
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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English first
Madison, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great coffee shop”
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
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Best Desserts in Madison”
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
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Indianapolis
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Iced coffee $2 and good”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

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

Visited June 2012
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Madison, Indiana
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“very good food, minimal service provided”
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
    • Food
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