Lancaster County is packed with unique cafes and casual food spots. You've got Prince Street Cafe and Mean Cup in the city, a handful of cafes in Lititz, such as Tomato Pie Cafe, Speckled Hen Coffee in Strasburg, Mill 72 Bake Shop & Cafe in Manheim. There are places all over the map, and today I'll highlight a cafe I recently visited for the first time.
Casual, faith-based cafe
On 18 West Orange Street, you'll find Café One Eight. The street itself is worth a paragraph. Within a few feet, you've got Lancaster Cupcake, The Spice & Tea Exchange of Lancaster, The Pottery Works where you can paint your own pottery. The entire street is beautifully decorated for the holidays.
Café One Eight is a down-to-earth, casual cafe and family business. The values of Café One Eight are hospitality, quality, community. The owners of this small business, Kathleen and Matt Smucker strive to make the cafe a place where everyone feels welcome and receives a touch of the love they have been given, based on their Christian faith. The name of the cafe also stands for the Bible verse in Acts 1:8.
You order your coffee or food at the counter, and it is brought to you once ready. Their menu features local farm food and hearty meals. Some of their items include a vegan power bowl with roasted sweet potatoes, chilled quinoa, black beans, corn, fresh spinach, sliced avocado, roasted red peppers, pickled red onions, all with cilantro dressing.
They also have the classic avocado toast, and a Lancaster breakfast burrito with sausage, bacon, tomatoes, roasted red pepper, potatoes, eggs, and provolone cheese.
I ended up ordering their Market Fresh Sandwich, which is rosemary bread with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, smashed avocado, drizzled with olive oil & balsamic vinegar from Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom Lancaster, a local favorite for olive oils and seasonings.
For my drink, I went with an oat cappuccino. I'm a sucker for oat-based coffee drinks, and this one did not disappoint.
Both the food and the drinks were delicious, and this is a place I am definitely going back to. The setup of the cafe is cozy and yet somewhat urban. I wouldn't be surprised to find a coffee shop looking like this in New York City or any big city. There's a friendly and calm vibe at Café One Eight. The food came quick, it was fresh, tasty. The coffee was great. Can't really ask for more in a cafe, right?
Address: 18 West Orange Street Lancaster PA. 17603