Charlie and I meet the Tipsy Bean Café in Williamsburg Va.
It’s a cute little café. I honestly thought it was one of those chain cafes, situated in a shopping area next to a movie theater; it gave me that impression. The name was cute and we wanted breakfast. I wanted coffee or a Bloody Mary, actually both, maybe. As we walked up I could see they had an outdoor seating section on the side of the café, which was nice. It was nice outside, eating in or out would’ve been lovely. As we approached the door a hostess came out, “Would you like a table?” “Yes for two please.” She said she was getting one cleaned up, and we could wait on a bench right outside the door. This particular bit of information is important.
While the place is not very big, you open the door to a trendy and lively space. There is a bar with seating to the left and a bevy of table seating to the right. The food window, where the waitress picks up, is cater-cornered on the back wall for all to see. There’s no food dying in this window or it will be a public display. It’s busy today, which I can imagine is the case most days. I’m thankful there was a hostess, and I didn’t have to stand around nervously waiting to stake claim on a table.
A QR code is taped to the center of the table, and we scan it with our cell phone to bring up the menu. As we peruse the selections, Charlie keeps looking at the plates of food leaving the window. “Oh look at that…. That looks good….. I think I want that…” I’m laughing because he’s like a kid in a candy store when food is involved, especially breakfast. I’m surprised, it has a pretty big menu for a “café”. They have Eggs Benedict, which is my favorite breakfast fare. Their version includes crab, I don’t eat seafood. Charlie asks if it comes plain, he knows I’m thinking it. The waitress says, “Of course!” Their food selection is contemporary. The menu has a wide range of delicious dishes. Appetizers, like Tuna Poke Nachos, Country Deviled Eggs, or Baguette with Roasted Garlic and Herb. They offer several different charcuterie boards as well as acai bowls. It’s definitely a place I want to get coffee at, but I’m also thinking of brunch and mimosas. They have Tipsy Toast, which is booze infused French toast with berries and whipped cream, and Brisket and Sweet Hash, and I could go on but check out the menu HERE.
The name “Tipsy Bean” is a play on words because it has a vast selection of coffee drinks and alcoholic drinks. Lots of lattes with fun names like, Funky Monkey, Lavender Grasshopper, and Peanut Butter Puddle. Honestly I think I love this place. They have breakfast cocktails, smoothies, Italian Cream Sodas, Teas, and much more.
Breakfast was amazing. I am no food connoisseur, Charlie might be though. The Eggs Benedict was fantastic. The Hollandaise sauce was so tasty with a little tang and I think they put some Old Bay on top. Really good! I’m sure it’s just as delicious with the crab. The English muffin was large and not as dense, also crispy. She asked how I wanted my eggs poached and I chose medium. I adore poached eggs and these were perfect. The potatoes were crispy on the outside but soft inside. I’ve been to many places like this and the potatoes are so overdone and dry. This was a perfect breakfast if one ever existed and we both cleaned our plates.
Oh and the coffee…. Charlie doesn’t drink coffee, sad state of affairs. I, however, need it to function. I chose an Almond Joy Latte. Side bar, I don’t like overly sweet coffee drinks. Starbucks has rarely disappointed me, although I don’t go there frequently. Dunkin has burned me on many occasions with way too much flavoring, so sweet the coffee turns bitter and undrinkable. At home I like coffee with a milk and cream combo, no sugar. This Almond Joy Latte was fantastic. It wasn’t too sweet, it was just right and I was Goldie Locks. The almond flavor was so good and the whipped cream was topped with chocolate drizzle. Please lord let there be Almond Joy Lattes in heaven.