The cross-country reign of avocado toast continues in Gainesville but with a significant upgrade: chicken liver mousse. Ciabatta welcomes a schmear of the pate topped with slivers of avocado, whole pistachios and a teetering handful of arugula leaves. This, by the way, is fare at a coffeeshop in a strip mall.
But when the owners are Stefan and Victoria Trummer of the eponymous Trummer’s on Main, the darling, always interesting restaurant in Clifton, customers should expect thoughtful snacks with their kaiser melange, an Austrian coffee drink of egg yolk whisked with honey and topped with fresh whipped cream.
Of course there’s still drip coffee (and Stumptown pour-over), a full espresso bar and standard pastries like croissants, biscotti and gluten-free muffins. There’s sandwiches to-go, but instead, like that egg-enriched coffee, take advantage of Stefan Trummer’s Austrian heritage and order the kaesespaetzle. Imagine the naughty comfort of mac and cheese, pasta carbonara and risotto in one heaping bowl of dough and cheese, sweetened with strands of caramelized onion and cut with crunch from herby breadcrumbs.
Established: June 2015
Type: coffeeshop and wine bar
Good for: small bites, Austrian savories and sweets, Wi-Fi connection, getting buzzed (caffeine or booze) any time of day
Address: 4013 Promenade Commons St., Gainesville
Open: daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, weekend brunch