Better late than never, I suppose. Mr. FvF and I took advantage of a Groupon offer and finally tried Butter cafe - well, about a month ago. I'd have loved to get this to you sooner, but I've had my big girl pants on, merging and acquiring with the best of them lately for my real job, which has also eaten its way into my evening and weekends.
Anyhow, I'd heard a lot of mixed reviews about the place, so I was anxious to form my own unbiased opinion. They have a lot of free-range, organic and gluten-free options at Butter Cafe, and not just your standard breakfast/brunch/lunch fare. Jelly donut pancakes, coconut French toast kabobs, and even gluten-free waffles. I'd been dead set on trying to g/f waffles (because c'mon, how many places do you have the option?) but a shopping excursion had delayed the late breakfast we planned on until well into lunch time, barely an hour before they closed. In light of that, I was more in the mood for a sandwich. The Mister had the grilled cheese with bacon (remember, no tomato - he's from Indiana), and I had the club on g/f bread. Club sandwiches are one of my seriously guilty pleasures, because the havoc wreaked on the roof of my mouth by that warm, toasty bread is second only to the complete annihilation of my innards by the same foe. But, with the upcharged option of gluten-free bread (Udi's brand, not baked in-house), I could eat all three slices without guilt or crippling fear. I'm not sure what the other options were for sides, if any, but we both chose tots.
Butter Cafe serves soft drinks, but if I remember correctly - they're bottled or canned, which means no refills. Which also means a firm "no thanks." Luckily, they have carafes of cold water on the table and ask you if you're good with water or would like anything else. I'm sure it's tap water, but that's what we drink at home. If I went to the dentist, I'm sure they would thank me for drinking flouridated water, if they weren't so busy yelling at me for pretending I'm too cool to wear a mouth guard to sleep.
The service was good, and the young gal was fairly knowledgeable about the menu - pointing out that they dust the tots with a mixture that does contain gluten, after I'd ordered my sandwich on g/f bread. As our server rang us up, she asked if it was our first time and what we our first impression was, which was thoughtful. I was hoping to go home with some gluten-free baked goods, but the bakery case was empty. Disappointing, but probably for the best. Price points are a bit all over the map, which irks me. $8.50 isn't too shabby for a giant sandwich with tots, but the yogurt parfait clocks in at $6.50 and the cucumber plate (dusted with pepper and parm) is $5.50. Does not compute.
I think I'll give them a solid 4 out of 5, points removed for dry tots and weird price skewing.