With an afternoon free and sick of big-box blandness, we ventured to Rocky River. The coffee shop caught my eye. Erie Island Coffee Company.
As said before, I don’t compare coffee shops by their coffee. I don’t have the palate for that. As long as the coffee isn’t muddied dishwater, I’ll drink it. Instead, I compare by their vibe: charm, décor, people.
The industrial interior played well with the building, a former garage of some sort. Big windows and an open floor made the place bright in the afternoon sun. And a big counter running along the shop front made for good people watching on Detroit Avenue. During a busy evening, that could entertain me for hours.
Prices were very good, at least for what I got: Two cups of coffee and a big, sharable M&M cookie cost me $6. Better than those other coffee places, if you know what I mean.
I can’t say that this has become my favorite coffee place in the area, a tough feat for any new place after one visit. But next time I’m in Rocky River (or around E. 4th, their other location) I’ll stop again.
[A favorite touch of mine were their souvenir mugs, covered with the words, “Don’t Give Up the Ship.” The mugs were a fun tribute to Commodore Perry and his impact on the history of Lake Erie, Ohio, and the nation. What can I say…I’m a sucker for anything that plays on locale history.]