First Look at Boulevard Coffee: Top-Notch Mocha Lattes and Blueberry Scones
Remember Waldo's Coffee House on Heights Boulevard? The casual coffee house with an outdoor patio and casual indoor seating perfect for lounging, studying or chatting with friends closed last summer, but if you regularly pass by the intersection of East 11th Street and Heights Boulevard, you might have noticed some remodeling and construction, and a "Now Open" sign for a different coffee house, Boulevard Coffee.
Photos by Molly Dunn Boulevard Coffee is now open and serves some killer pastries and desserts. The same folks behind Waldo's Coffee House bring you Boulevard Coffee. Same location, same owners, just a different name. Ron Lopes is the owner of Boulevard Coffee which features more outdoor patio space, and what seems like more indoor seating than Waldo's. You can still come and relax with a cup of coffee and a muffin, or enjoy a casual concert throughout the week. But, it's not a replica of Waldo's. Boulevard Coffee also has a kitchen, in which chef Steven Hernandez a chef prepares a variety of foods for breakfast and lunch.
Upon walking into the new coffee shop, which is just down the street from Revival Market, you are welcomed with a friendly and cheery, "Hello!" from each staff member -- even if it is a little past 7 a.m. on a Monday. During my first visit, I couldn't help but feel as though I had walked into a friend's home; the deep-orange and beige walls are warm and welcoming, and the comfortable couches, chairs and outdoor seating (dogs are welcome) are so inviting that you'll be tempted to sit and stay for a while.
Boulevard Coffee has a welcoming environment.
Boulevard Coffee offers several types of coffees (flavored, house and decaf). The house specialty, Boulevard Blend, is a mix of 60 percent Costa Rican beans and 40 percent Sumatran beans; it's a strong, slightly bitter decent cup of coffee with a smooth finish. It's definitely not the best cup of coffee I have had. I still prefer the black coffee from the likes of Blacksmith, Catalina and Boomtown; their offerings are not as bitter. Unfortunately, a splash of milk and a little sweetener weren't enough to offset the sharp taste.
However, the espresso bar drinks are top-notch, especially the Americano and Mocha Latte. The Americano is everything you want it to be -- crisp and smooth. The espresso is ever-present, but the added water makes the drink smooth and enjoyable even without cream and sugar.
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