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“the best atmosphere and hot chocolate in NC!”

Panacea Coffeehouse Cafe & Roastery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $12
Cuisines: Healthy
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Good for: Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Reviewed October 24, 2011

good place for a light lunch as well. This is a gem in western NC.

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Reviewed October 21, 2011

We've been to this coffee and sandwich shop located in Waynesville's historic Frog Level district several times over the last few years. We always enjoy the place, and the people who take your order and bring it to the table couldn't be nicer. The "little" sticking point is that they don't take credit or debit cards. We got caught on this the first time we went and had to run out and find an ATM while the rest of our party began eating. And, every time we go, we see somebody get caught by this. Their reactions range from mild annoyance to leaving in a huff. Apparently several Waynesville restaurant owners started doing this two or three years ago when the recession hit. They felt like paying credit card transaction fees would make the difference between survival and insolvency. I doubt that. I suspect it causes greater losses from people who either leave or who just don't come through the front door to begin with. It's a foolish policy that costs them good will and ultimately money, and it suggests a less than favorable customer-service attitude. It's time to change it, folks. We go back because we have family members who really like it, but you can get the same food for the same price at a place that doesn't mind if you whip out the plastic.

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Thank OtherMountainDude
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

Highly recommend checking out for lunch. Sandwiches and salads were great! Creative options, fresh ingredients, large portions. Coffee was really good too and iced tea of the day was delicious.

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Thank 4realfoodies
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

Dingy, smelly, expensive, slow. Terrible service. We stood in line waiting to order while the cashier did some complicated financial transaction with the people in front to of us.The rest of the staff pointedly ignored us. Smells of burnt coffee from the inhouse roasting. In these days when even Mcdonalds serves gourmet coffee, the bar is raised for specialty coffee shops. Even in Waynesville. Try Smoky Mountain Cafe or Cafe 50.

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2  Thank stout-scarab
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

This Coffeehouse in a remote section of Waynesville called Frog Level has excellent coffee and teas. They roast their own beans which is a unique treat. During lunch, you can find a diverse compliment of sandwiches which are well thought out and prepared. The place is rather laid back and there is a nice little patio section in the back which is quite relaxing. The environment is that of a rehabbed warehouse adjacent to the railroad tracks across the street. This building should be designated a Historical Building if it is not so already.
Their policy of asking customers to clean their own tables after eating is a little over the top; after all you are not paying McDonalds prices. If you overlook this lack of service, I would rate this establishment as excellent.

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Thank BobbyMiamiBeach
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