Warren Spahr pushed me over the edge. That’s right, he posted a “must go to the new Horse Shoe Cafe” message on my Facebook Wall along with tantalizing Intel.
I’d been reluctant – there are so many places on my “short list” already.
Thank you, Warren! PIC and I had breakfast at Horse Shoe Cafe this morning. We’ll be regulars.
Lee R. Sedon calls himself “Head Cook/Owner”, which is refreshingly humble considering his past credits. He did his culinary externship at the Biltmore House. From Biltmore, he moved on to the Executive Sous Chef position – followed by four years as Executive Chef – at Kenmure Country Club. After a one year stint at the Lexington Golf & Country Club in Virginia, he came to his senses and came back to an Executive Sous Chef position at The Cliffs.
When the Horse Shoe location opened up, he jumped at the opportunity to own his own business. He says, “I wanted a place where I could focus on one location offering simple food, excellently prepared.” As PIC speculated after our meal, “it was probably so good because he’s more than a cook – he’s a Chef.”
Sedon planned on opening October 1, 2011, but ran into permitting issues (sound familiar?) and opened December 1st.
Currently, the Cafe is open from 7:00am to 3:00pm, serving breakfast from 7-11am and lunch until closing. Sunday Brunch is from 9am to 2pm. Breakfast and Lunch menus are presented a la carte. We didn’t see a Brunch Menu. Breakfast items are $2 to $6, with most in the $3 to $4 range.
Breakfast items are things like: 3 egg omelet ($5), Buttermilk Pancakes ($4), Sausage or Ham Biscuit ($3), Stone Ground Grits ($2), Muffin of the Day ($2).
I chose 2 Eggs, Any Style ($3), Wheat Toast ($1) and Stone Ground Grits ($2). PIC had the 3 egg Omelet ($5), Home Fries ($2) and an English Muffin ($1). Every single item was very good. The Grits were creamy and didn’t form a “skin” on top. Eye-widening were the Home Fries. I’d say they’re probably the, or some of the, best around this area. Chunks of potatoes (skin-on), sauteed with sliced onions and seasoned such that you notice how good they are at every bite.
The Lunch Menu looks pretty good, too. Priced from Soup of the Day or Chili: Cup $3/Bowl $6 to $9 for a 3 Arrows Burger (“8oz Local, All Natural, Angus Burger, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Kaiser Roll, choice of toppings”).
Chef Lee pointed to the Black Forest Ham Melt ($7) as a favorite lunch choice. It’s made with Black Forest Ham, Caramelized Onions, Swiss & Whole Grain Mustard and served on a Pretzel Roll. All sandwiches are served with Kettle Chips or a Side Salad. French Fries or Sweet Potato Fries can be substituted for an extra $.50. Chicken Breast can be added to a salad for $3 or salmon can be added for $6.
Everything is made from scratch. If breakfast hadn’t been so filling, one of these fresh-baked Cranberry-Nut Muffins would have been mine!
Horse Shoe Cafe is in the previous Mojo’s Coffee location. It looks pretty much the same inside, but Chef Lee has plans to upgrade and increase seating as soon as finances allow.
Go expecting a menu with basic selections done very, very well.