BUFFALO, N.Y. - Fresh and quirky: the first two words that come to mind describing Sweet_ness 7 Cafe on Parkside Avenue in Buffalo.
The little nook of a cafe at the intersection of Parkside and Russell prides itself on fresh, made-daily foods with a slant towards breakfast, but which work pretty much any time of day.
And diners eat while sitting on old church pews or on other tables and chairs donated or rescued from other parts of the community. There's a comfy couch, board games, and even an old phone booth set aside for cell phone usage.
"It's a very Buffalo place," says cook Carolyn Baldwin. "We make our food every day fresh and so you know you're going to get a great meal, you're going to have friendly service, and we really cater to the customers' needs, so we'll basically do whatever you want."
The highlight of the menu is the long list of crepes, along with the "Grant Slam" breakfast sandwich (egg, cheese and tomato on two delicious fresh-made English muffins). There's plenty more food, along with great coffee, craft beer and wine.
And it's easy to see how the community has embraced the cafe, with a crowd of regulars that frequents the eclectic eatery.
"These customers, they really support us so it's great because as long as we provide great food and great coffee," says Baldwin."We know they'll keep coming back and it's nice to have that support in the community."