We stopped here on the recommendation of several locals for a late lunch on a hot but relaxing day in Manitou.The restaurant has been around and shows its age in wear and tear. I'd categorize it as a local dive. On the day we ate there, the cafe was very busy with a large group, so we waited a long time for service and for our lunch. That gave us plenty of time to look around (something a stickler for cleanliness should not do), and to sample the house made Sage Ice Tea, which was the best caffeine-free drink I have ever had. I understand this is an authentic Middle Eastern beverage and I'm glad I finally have had the pleasure of being introduced to it. It is both satisfying and soothing -- healing and cooling properties of sage and cool water -- just enough sweetness too. My husband's grilled meat wrap was substantial and very tasty. My vegetarian plate -- hummus, falafel, grape leaves, etc.-- was just what I wanted and good enough but a little limp and left-over looking. Highlight for me was the warm, house-made pita which made everything taste better. There's an inside-the-cafe ice cream stand, and the homemade chocoholic flavor we had was divine. All-in-all, a satisfying lunch experience at a great value.
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