Cute overload: The new Heights Kraftsmen Cafe goes light on furniture and heavyon flavor
With the new Kraftsmen Cafe in the Heights, the center of cute caffeine corners might have permanently shifted northward.
Replacing the former quartet of tables with a smaller spots for two and banquets against the walls makes the floor space feel bigger, a far cry from the noticeably tiny Textile dining room, which now seems to have existed a lifetime ago. Two bright yellow armchairs beg for conversation near the counter, but in the mornings the minimalist, light-drenched dining room doesn't really have many unappealing seats. There's a small but pleasant patio and even a kid's area — yes, this is the new Heights.
A chalkboard mural marks the entrance, but most eyes will be drawn if by force to the pastry display case, filled with delicious treats made in the same building. A banana muffin — big enough to be filling, but not comically oversized, as is the bakery norm — is fluffy with just the right amount of sweetness. It meshes well with my white chocolate brown sugar latte (the tastiness of which almost goes without saying).
I also tested out the breakfast taco. It usually comes with eggs and two toppings, but I got egg, tomato, spinach and brie because I am VIP. I'm generally not a breakfast taco enthusiast, as they tend to be greasy and have really overcooked eggs, but Kraftsmen's version was fresh and light and one was more than enough to evince a full stomach.
The menu is, for the most part, the same as the sandwich, soup and salad offerings as at the original Kraftsmen Cafe on Montrose, though the chalkboard specials (like a ham and zucchini quiche) are a hint that owner Scott Tycer is not afraid to use the expanded tools the full kitchen offers. Tycer says he's even thinking about expanding to dinner service in 2011.
The new Kraftsmen might not have the ambition of a Textile, but with fresh takes on classic cafe fare, there's not much not to like.