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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Kanoe Cafe, Tipp City

  Recently we had a chance to visit the Kanoe Cafe in Tipp City.  I had a coupon, and we were in the area.  I had never visited before, so I really didn't know what to expect at all.  The place is on the small side, with about 8 tables.  Unlike some other similarly sized places I've visited, they have a wide variety of table sizes, so larger parties of up to 7 should have no trouble getting seated.  I noticed that they carry Young's Ice Cream, so it was nice to see someone carrying a locally produced ice cream like that.

  The menu covers morning eats, coffees, salads, sandwiches, mexican dishes, ice cream and smoothies.  After looking it over for a bit, we ended up ordering the nachos as an appetizer.  We also got a french dip, which was a special.  Although I was tempted by the pulled pork sandwich, I decided to try the gyro, which was described as a pita with lamb and beef, lettuce, tomato, onion & sauce, with side salad or soup.  I went with the side salad.

  I was very impressed with the nachos, which were some of the best I've had.  For $6.50, we got a big serving with black beans, lots quality cheese, tomato and onions.

  Side salads were made with a decent mix of fresh greens, and very sweet yellow cherry type tomatoes were used.  I think I might try growing some of these this year, because they made me miss summer.

  Though I didn't eat it myself, I am told that the meat in the french dip was just a bit fatty, but acceptable.  Sometimes when you are using real beef, and not the processed, pulverized stuff that passes for beef at some chains, it just happens.  For my part, I enjoyed the gyro very much, though it was a bit hard to hold it all together as I ate it.  I'm always a sucker for lamb, because as a youth I raised lambs in 4-H.  As a combination of lamb and beef, I found myself wondering whether it was half and half, more lamb than beef, or what the percentage was.

  Overall, a very pleasant dining experience, and I would definitely eat there again if I was in the area.  As for the art, it was a bit amusing and unexpected, but not really my style.  However, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  I'm guessing they change the art every so often, and you might find something you like.

address: 16 South Tippecanoe Drive, Tipp City, Ohio (north of Dayton, near I-75)
telephone: 937-667-3876

Note: if you think you might spend $20 or more, here is a link where you can get a $10 coupon/gift certificate for just $2.50: click on "$10 gift certificate for $2.50", click "add to cart", and you'll see the $2.50 price.
(it is really a coupon, because there is a $20 minimum food purchase to use it)  This is what I used on our visit.

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