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“Great Brunch Close to US Border”
Review of Le Cafetier

Le Cafetier
Ranked #3 of 24 Restaurants in Sutton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Living just south of the US-Canadian border in Vermont, we frequently head north to enjoy French-inspired Quebecois cuisine. Le Cafetier is one of our regular stops for brunch. The menu is quite large and varied, the assortment of dishes quite impressive, and the food itself fresh, well-prepared and a bit different from what we are used to in the US. We enjoy the various iterations of the Croque Monsieur, meaning different cheese and ham offerings with an assortment of breads/pastries and sides, sometimes more like breakfast and sometimes more like lunch. But the menu is delightful, and one need not have the same thing twice, no matter the frequency of the visits.

Best of all in the summertime is the "Cafe Terasse," the charming outdoor seating along the main thoroughfare of town, always a good place for people-watching. It's fun to check out all the bicyclists and motorcyclists in their distinctive garb riding by on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Coffee is great and prices are very reasonable. Staff are happy to speak French or English, and they are most tolerant of Americans' efforts to use the French language, however much we may mangle it up. You can pay by credit card or in dollars if you haven't exchanged currency. These folks are very friendly and accepting; they want you to have a good time. They like everyone, including those from south of the border.

And there are plenty of things to do in town, from shopping in the quaint stores and art galleries, to visiting the chocolate museum, or the main city museum (Museum of Communications and History of Sutton), which at this writing has quite a wonderful exhibition on Prohibition in the 1920s, and all the cross-border issues connected with it. We loved the exhibition showing a typical eating/drinking establishment of those days, with a dotted line across the floor to indicate the border between the US and Canada, so that patrons could simply walk across and legally enjoy alcoholic beverages. There's a good section on brothels, too. And our bilingual guide, with his impressive knowledge of history and his charming sense of humor, made it all so much fun. You can even stop and have a drink at the old bar on the "wet" Canadian side: quite the thing to do! From time to time there are bigger events that involve dressing up for the times and heading off to one of the local cultural establishments for a "Prohibition Night" with all the trappings. Alas, we missed the most recent one but are hoping that, having been a success, it will be repeated sometime before the exhibition closes on October 27, 2013.

So come to Sutton, have a fine brunch, see the sights, and go home happy.

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Thank CarolDM1900
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

My favourite place to stop for a drink or food when in the Sutton area. Serves good quality & healthy light lunches, desserts, beer & wine, laid-back atmosphere. I'm usually with a group (up to 20) of hikers, and they never blink an eyelash and accommodate us with minimal wait time and good service. Small terrasse in front to enjoy in good weather.

Thank HikerMtl
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

My wife, our five year old and I were looking for a place to have lunch on an overcast Canada Day in Sutton. The woman at the information office strongly recommended Le Cafetier. When we arrived the place was hopping - lots of families, cyclist groups, and couples having everything from a beer to coffee to full-on meals. The patio was crowded and with the threat of rain we opted for indoors anyway. The space is funky and ecclectic, with a wide range of seating options and a lively feel. Brightly-colored walls are decorated by equally bright paintings by local artists - all for sale. Menus are available in English and French, and offer a wide variety of soups, sandwiches, and typical brunch/lunch fare. There is a focus on organic ingredients, but the menu is not vegetarian. We were seated and placed our order quite quickly, but given the crowd we figured we would have to wait a while. That is often an issue with a fidgety five-year old. Fortunately Le Cafetier provides a nice selection of small toys, games, and activities to keep kids amused. They also have serve-yourself coffee that is free if you are ordering a meal - a very nice touch. Our food arrived fairly promptly, given the gangs of people in the cafe. I ordered French onion soup and a chicken salad sandwich, and my wife ordered a grilled vegetable panini. Nate had sausage and eggs - he could eat breakfast three times a day. We also ordered pints of Griffon Blonde, a very good Quebec beer. Everything was tasty, hot, and nicely presented. There was no artifice - just good, wholesome food made with fresh ingredients. All told the bill came to under $45.00 before taxes - a very reasonable price given the quality of the food.

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Thank WJP89
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Great food and nice to us always! Vege burgers are fabulous here.
Salads are consistently interesting and substantial. I own a coffee shop and am very discerning. I like this one a ot.

Thank Mms1952
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

These guy's pay attention to detail, the fruits are fresh, the jam is homemade, all in a quaint, middle of village atmosphere. I don't drink coffee, but my wife says it's excellent!

Thank WildLou
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