This is one of those times where I’m going to tell you about a great little spot you should try that would probably not be on your radar otherwise. They’re off of Marion’s main drag in a fairly characterless building.
Ederra Cafe and Studio is a new Marion, NC breakfast/lunch cafe opened by a local couple in the old City Hall building. It’s a bit funky for a cafe, but they’ve done a great job re-purposing the various rooms inside.
Behind those garage doors is a workout room where a full range of classes from yoga to Zumba to Latin Dance take place regularly. Sometime down the road, you may see a cute deck for outdoor dining instead of a driveway.
Through the front door, a hallway lined with local art work leads to the cafe in back. Order at the counter, and they’ll deliver to your table. That’s co-owner (with wife, Heather Edwards Yzquierdo) Corey Yzquierdo taking time out to talk about Ederra with my sister.
One of the things Corey mentioned was the meaning of Ederra. It’s Basque (their background) for “beautiful”.
This is a shot taken from in front of the counter, looking back toward the front of the building.
There are multiple extra spaces here. This is a combo room that can be made private by closing the door. Just off the main cafe, there is a table to hold small meetings around and
a more comfortable seating area. Normally anyone can use this space when it’s not being used for a private group.
Farther back, there is another private room that can also be used for meetings or groups.
We also learned that just about everything at Ederra is organic and as local as possible. The Yzquierdo’s are working with local farmers, but the big news is, they have their own Ederra Farm.
Sandwiches are made fresh with Boa’rs Head meats. They also cook the chicken themselves that’s used for chicken salad.
Sis had the Turkey Sandwich ($7.50), made with “Oven Gold Turkey”, Jack Cheese, bacon, tomato, lettuce, and mayo. Her only comment was that the Wheat Bread was a little thick. Great sandwich otherwise.
I went with a Chicken Salad Sandwich ($5). Love Chicken Salad when it’s made with things like apple, grapes, and nuts, like Ederra’s. Have to admit, the bread is pretty thick, but it did its job holding the salad in place.
Notice the pink thing behind the sandwich? That’s my banana, strawberry, pineapple smoothie – made with REAL FRUIT, not concentrate, puree, or whatever else you want to call the 100% fruit that pours out of a container. Don’t get me wrong. I understand that some places don’t have the ability, traffic, or whatever to keep fresh fruit on hand, but I usually pass on smoothies unless they’re made with actual, you-can-hold-it-in-your-hand fruit.
Speaking of fruit, Heather and Corey have 13 acres on which to grow things for the cafe. Right now they have a lot of blueberries and strawberries and some vegetables. Blueberry smoothie anyone? While we were there, a family member delivered bunches of fresh, home-grown mint. Smelled lovely!
Corey is hoping to get a good crop of Hops in and producing so they can offer their own homebrew beer made with their own hops. They don’t want to be a Brewpub, though. Just have enough to offer as a drink option.
If you get a chance, definitely stop in. I’d love to see them succeed in what is a tough business.
- Look at their Facebook Page first for information
- Free Wi-Fi is available on-site
- There is a Dressing Room available for gym patrons