It has become tradition for Mom and I to treat ourselves to a quick bite to eat at Half Moon Coffee and Grille Cafe after getting our hair done at the salon down the street. There's nothing better then enjoying a delicious casual lunch while showing off our new stylish hair cuts ( especially because this is the only day my hair will ever look this good until the next time I return to the salon, I can never seem to replicate the style which my stylist does so effortlessly in a matter of minutes, despite the fact that she shows me step by step what she is doing and classifies the style as something that is simple and easy to do).
However, with a hair appointment made at 12 and booked for 2 hours and early dinner reservations made for that night, I feared that lunch at our favorite little cafe, was definitely out of the question for today. However, Mom insisted we would have plenty of time to eat before our hair appointments, so we headed over to the Cafe.
We arrived at the warmly decorated Italian style cafe at 11:30, we placed our order and took a seat at one of the round blue tables, then we waited, anxiously I checked my watch every few minutes, praying that our food would be delivered fast. At 11:40 our plates were set in front of us, we had exactly 15 minutes to eat before it was time to rush over to the salon ( definitely puts new meaning to the phrase 'a quick bite to eat').
I ordered a grilled vegetable panini, an item that is not actually on the menu. Although there are quite a few vegetarian offerings on the menu that can easily be tweaked to be vegan, I instead prefer to create my own lunch, I look at all the other items on the menu and take a little inspiration from each dish to create my own customized sandwich. I requested a pressed panini made with crisply seasoned broccoli, grilled strips of zucchini, sweet roasted red peppers, sauteed onions and spinach on focaccia bread spread with a creamy and slightly salty kalamata olive spread...(this amazing panini definitely needs to be an addition to the menu). My lunch was absolutely delicious, each bite had immense flavor, my one complaint was that because I was on a time constraint I didn't have more time to savor each bite. The sandwich was also accompanied by pasta salad tossed in a vinaigrette made with grated carrots, sliced black olives, and chickpeas
Half Moon Coffee and Grille Cafe, is an Italian inspired cafe complete with a diverse menu including entrees, salads, soups, pressed wraps and paninis, gourmet pizzas, and a selection of ever changing daily specials. The cafe is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and is always bustling with people looking for a delicious and casual meal. The restaurant does not offer an alcoholic beverage menu so feel free to bring your own liqueur. The cafe also has a unique concept, where your order your meal at the counter, the delicious food is then served to you, so once your done with your meal your completely free to go (no waiting around for your sever to come over to bring a check, which is probably the most annoying thing when going out to eat, especially when your just ready to go)!
Half Moon is quite small, so definitely be prepared to wait especially if you plan on venturing out for dinner on a Friday or Saturday night however, the relaxed atmosphere, warm decor, and scrumptious homemade Italian food makes the wait well worth it.