Benton Park Café Has a Drink and a Dish for Everyone
Five days a week, Benton Park Café bustles with breakfast and lunch customers—but it’s nothing compared to weekends, when the brunch crowd lines up for signature dishes like breakfast pizzas, burritos, slingers and biscuits with gravy. This is hearty, diner-style cooking, elevated by quality ingredients like shrimp and crab in the omelets and small touches like a truly fresh cup of fruit alongside the French toast. Those who prefer a coffeehouse-style experience will find their niche too, with all the standard coffee, tea and smoothie variations plus croissants and breakfast sandwiches, also available to go.
Its popularity prompted the café to leave its compact spot on a bustling Benton Park street corner for a larger location in 2016. Owner Jessica Lenzen-Anderson and her staff ramped up to meet the increased demand while also keeping pace with a robust catering business. A bonus: It added a back patio, perfect for hanging out in warm weather.
Weekday lunch is the last meal of the day—the café closes mid-afternoon—and the clientele is a casual mix of workers from nearby businesses, families and friends catching up. The sandwiches and salads are good, but it’s not uncommon for diners to skip them in favor of that magnetic breakfast menu.
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Photography courtesy of Carmen Troesser.