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Posted August 15, 2012 in Community Featured, Winterset

Ever wake up feeling a little like a Chill’n Monkey? Swing by The Cellar, and try this delicious iced latté drink and its layers of coconut, banana and chocolate smothered in whipped cream — it’s just the appetizer.

A cranberry chicken salad croissant, a cookie and a Chill’n Monkey make a tasty lunch at The Cellar.

Today we were greeted by the smiling faces of John Epperson and Emily Halverson. This charming, non-profit coffee shop is staffed by a variety of volunteer church members of the Winterset Foursquare Church.

Opening in 2008, The Cellar promised the community an incredible coffeehouse experience. It has since become known for highlighting community events and talents, creating community connections and using its resources to address community needs — and for a really great meal.

Today’s menu boasted some fun specials influenced by the season’s abundant farmers’ market fresh produce. The local bounty is featured in homemade soups like chunky tomato or the Moroccan spiced chickpea. And when name dropping from the sandwich selections, you could consider the Auntie Em, the Wilbur and even the Duke. But today we are going for the homemade cranberry chicken salad on a fresh croissant and one of those monkey beverages. We decided to opt out of the healthy salad selections and went straight for dessert. How can you pass on one of those cute, homemade coffeehouse logo-designed cookies? As promised, the sandwich proved to be the crown jewel of today’s flavor fest, expertly prepared with just the right amount of tart little dried cranberries, walnuts and provolone cheese.

Next time — and there will be a next time — I’ll try to pick a date when they offer live music or bring the kids along and let them order a PP&J and play Wii, or link to their WiFi and enjoy a working lunch.

There is no charge for the extra warm fuzzy you get knowing proceeds go to various local charities and organizations and/or a special orphanage in Haiti.

While fresh-baked goods are always on hand, the Saturday brunch crowd will argue that the main reason to come to town on the weekend is to stop by for the Saturday-only special: caramel pecan and frosted cinnamon rolls  and a piping hot cup of the daily special brew. Nice.

The Cellar
111 S. First Ave. • 462-4776
Hours: Saturday: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mon., Tue., Thur., Fri.:
6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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