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Cambridge Market & Cafe

28 Jun

Alright, ladies and gents, as promised, LION BITES is officially back, and what better way to start off fresh than with the discovery of a delicious and homey deli/cafe?

This discovery started out as a serious craving one of my Penn State staples: a chicken salad sandwich from Otto’s Cafe on Penn State’s main campus.  I love Otto’s.  I eat there, I study there, heck, I even work there, and I can easily say that our chicken salad is one of the best things we sell.  Well Otto’s, you may have some competition.  If a cafe located hundreds of miles away can be considered competition.  Located in downtown Bowling Green, KY (on Fairview Ave.) is Cambridge Market & Cafe.

Based on their website, I wasn’t totally sure what to expect.  An Eat n Park style set up with made to order sandwiches?  A catering outfit that just happened to sell sandwiches on the side? But, they had chicken salad and decent prices! And isn’t that what I really wanted anyways?  They even earned bonus points for having potato salad as a side! YUM.

When I first arrived, I smiled at the cozy, but large seating area.  It really was a nice and welcome feeling straight from the start, except… I wasn’t quite sure what the process was, do I order then pay? Do I order at the register? WHAT IS GOING ON!?

Well, for your reference, you order at the register.  And the ladies working there are sweet as can be.  It’s like getting lunch from your grandma in a pink visor. The selection was great, a build your own sandwich sort of thing with daily “homestyle” hot specials as well.  Of course, I came for the chicken salad.  I got it on whole wheat, with lettuce, onion (they do it right and use red onion) and tomato, a side of potato salad & a sweet tea for a total of $8.34.  Slightly more than I had been expecting to spend, but I hadn’t really planned on the tea, and for a generous helping of chicken salad, a side & a drink, I decided it was pretty reasonable.

I settled in at the outside seating area to enjoy my meal.  The true test came when I unwrapped my sandwich (which I was pleasantly surprised to find included a pickle)… does this chicken salad have grapes in it? For me, grapes completely make the chicken salad experience.  I opened the sandwich to find that, yes! There were grapes! And nuts! And it tasted just as delicious.  The grapes and nuts are a great, sweet contrast to the chicken & mayo, and I was VERY satisfied with my purchase.  The sandwich was quite large, and I was very happy to have such a generous helping of chicken salad.  I feel like sometimes places cheat you out of that.

I wasn’t as thrilled with the sweetness of the sweet tea, because I really like it sweet, but the potato salad was very satisfying, even though I was too full to finish it.

All in all, lunch was a good experience, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone working or visiting downtown Bowling Green.  Complete with a great selection of deli sandwiches, salads, homestyle specials and homemade desserts, you’ll definitely find something to satisfy your hunger.  You’ll also enjoy the homey and friendly atmosphere, and kind staff.  Though if you’re going on your lunch break, try to get there early, because I have heard that the lines can get a little ridiculous during peak lunch hours!  Take an afternoon to enjoy this quaint little “cafe”, and let me know how you like it!