Come Spring is a great book and a great cafe!

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Linda

          Come Spring is an historical novel originally published in 1940. It is the story of the founding of a small town in Maine, Union, “by ordinary people in an ordinary way.” It is why the Come Spring Cafe has always caught my eye. It is a cute little diner that normally has lots of cars in the parking lot and along the road.

          That should have been our first clue that this is a popular place, and that we should have stopped by much sooner. But on a recent overnight visit to Union we had the perfect timing to have breakfast here. And what a breakfast it was!

          Breakfast Plates are priced at $5.95-$7.75 range from typical egg dishes to Sausage and Gravy and even French Toast with Strawberries and Whipped Cream. It is safe to say that nobody walks away from here hungry!

          A nice selection of omelets, ($4.50-6.75) caught my eye. I ordered a very creative version of a Spanish Omelet with onion, peppers, tomato and cheese. What really intrigued me was the inclusion of salsa and guacamole. The omelet was nice and light and very, very good. Guacamole for breakfast… why haven’t I thought of that before? The cafe’s version was incredible.

          Two brightly lit rooms make this a cheery spot. The staff is super welcoming and friendly and the service is great. Our server Justine told us that the beautiful curtains were made by the previous owner’s mother and that they change with the seasons.

          A combination of counter service, tables and booths in two rooms make this an easy place to visit with friends. People come here not only for great food but also to catch up with one another. It’s clearly an important community spot.

          This is home cooking at its best. Many of the close knit staff have worked here for years. The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, and offers creative choices, large portions and extremely reasonable prices.

 

George

          We love discovering the small town cafes that gather the community for breakfast, lunch, and talk. Come Spring Café is one of those places, with a variety of seating in two rooms, super friendly staff and customers, and wonderful food. Given that the novel Come Spring is one of my favorites, I can’t believe we hadn’t eaten here before this.

          I don’t know how they make any money, because their prices are very low, especially for their large portions. You can get an egg and toast for just $2.50, less than a cup of coffee at a fancy coffee shop.

          Heather Smith took ownership of the café last year, and assisted by her partner Chris Allen and an experienced staff, she has maintained everything local folks love about this place. Heather was born and raised in Calais, so I guess she knows just what a local café means to a community.

          Throughout the café, people were visiting with each other table to table. I noted two ladies standing near a table, getting acquainted with two other ladies sitting at the table. As I walked by, they discovered they were connected somehow. Yes, you will feel connected here. I walked around, enjoying the art and other decorations, including an old saw.

          I had a hard time choosing something from the menu. The biscuits and gravy were calling my name but I love corned beef hash, so that was my choice. And it was a good one. I really enjoyed the homemade hash with two eggs and a crispy English muffin, for just $7.75. The hash was very tasty (but not too salty) with lots of meat. The portion was large. I’d been eating quite a while and it didn’t look like I’d even started. Linda liked it too.

          After we ordered, Linda flipped over her menu and discovered a lot more choices, a good reason to return soon. And after spending some time admiring the lunch menu, we’re going to need to have lunch here soon. Their turkey reuben ($7.95) and haddock reuben ($8.95) caught my eye.

          Our daughter Rebekah, son-in-law Patrick, and grandsons Addison and Vishal live in Union, so it’s going to be easy to get to the café more often. And that is very good news indeed.

 

If You Go

Come Spring Café, Route 17, Union, 207-785-2300

Open Monday – Saturday 6 am to 2:30 pm, Sunday 7 am to 2:30 pm

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