Upon my return to Madison, several people told me to eat at the Paoli Schoolhouse Cafe. I don't even know where Paoli is except that it's out in the country somewhere and riding my bike didn't seem realistic.
I was invited to the cafe today for lunch and what an exceptional treat this place is! In fact, it's such a hidden gem that it's worthy of multiple bike rides.
The minute I stepped through the door I felt like I was in someone's fancy home. Envision stunning chandeliers, unique wallpaper, and beautiful furniture in a vintage setting. I forgot that I was there to eat, because all I wanted to do was look around and take photos (the one day I don't have my good camera).
My companion and I were seated in one of the smaller rooms with views of the patio and river. I can't wait to return and sit outside on the patio to take in the lovely, peaceful surroundings.
The lunch menu consists of salads, sandwiches, soup, burgers and schoolhouse favorites. I chose the robust and mouthwatering Harvest Salad that comes with adorable mini baguettes and chive & honey butter. The cafe offers a separate dinner menu and a full bar with 25+ wine and champagne choices.
Don't even get me started on the shop, which sells dreamy gifts, jewelry, and home accessories. As if I needed another reason to visit this wonderful place, the cafe offers a free music series on Saturday nights.
With warm weather finally approaching, I suspect I will be putting some serious mileage on my bike. I highly recommend finding your way to Paoli, and if you need assistance, I would be happy to hitch a ride.