I recently enjoyed a fabulous lunch at the Starving Artist Creperie and Café , in downtown Lee. I had only been there once before, for their delicious crepes (which they can make vegan). It had been awhile since my last visit, so I was happy to meet a friend there for a light lunch.
Inside, the Starving Artist Café is light and airy, with several seating options, from cozy little corner tables to couches to seating in the gallery, which showcases the works of local artists. The place is fresh and clean looking, and the service is fantastic.
The menu is full of great looking sandwiches and salads, and other gourmet delectables, and since they are a creperie, both sweet and savory crepes make up a big part of their menu. They also have a breakfast menu, which you can get all day. My favorite part about the café, is that they have a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. That will put a smile on my face any day! They offer vegan bacon and cheeses, vegan crepes and even vegan ice cream! The cafe is definitely a big score for this vegan! The Berkshires have a lot of restaurants where you can find something vegan on the menu, but the Starving Artist Café goes above and beyond with their vegan choices.
My friend ordered a tempeh salad, that had mixed greens topped with fresh lentils, sprouts, veggies and nice, thick slabs of seasoned, pan fried tempeh. She also had a nice carrot~ginger soup. I was still full from breakfast, so I chose their apple salad, which was basically mixed greens, topped with apples, raisins and walnuts. The portions were more than ample, and I thought I would end up taking some of my salad home, but it was so good that as we sat talking, I somehow managed to clear my plate. Salad’s good for you though, right? So, I was just getting my nutrients in for the day, or at least that’s what I tried to tell myself as I looked at my empty plate, while my friends sat next to mine, still mostly full.
After eating, my friend decided to get one of the juices on the menu that had Fire Cider in it, as she had a sore throat, and I had been telling her about the virtues of the Fire Cider. That’s another great thing about the café, is that they carry a good selection of local products and they source many of the items on the menu from local businesses. I love when I see this, because I think that when local businesses help other local businesses, it benefits the entire community.
The café hosts a musical brunch every weekend, and I am hoping to be able to make it to one of them sometime soon, and plan on continuing to work my way through their menu. I think next time I will go for breakfast, and indulge in some vegan crepes and espresso. Though, there was a tempeh sandwich that looked mighty good too. I think this place is definitely a winner in my book, and luckily for me, they are only five minutes down the road from my house! Have you ever eaten here? What are your thoughts on the café?
Tags: berkshires, breakfast, brunch, coffee, crepes, lee, local, lunch, Starving Artist Cafe and Creperie, tempeh, vegan, Veganism