I think we can all agree that the internet is a wonderful resource for finding new and interesting places to eat. But at the same time, it does contribute to blind spots. I find that I am more likely to try a restaurant that has a nicely laid out and responsive website. Its my inner marketer. But why am I judging the merits of a restaurant based on a pretty website? Their website has nothing to do with their food, their service, or their atmosphere!
Thank goodness good old word of mouth still exists, or I might never have stepped foot in Zed’s Cafe. Zed’s occupies a pretty small space and it has that great eclectic vibe indicative of the best coffee shops – local art, mismatched furniture, chalkboard menus, the works. The whole time we were there sipping coffee I don’t think there were more than 8 people in the place the whole time. Just the way I like it.
I don’t think you necessarily go to a place like Zed’s for the consumables (although I had a perfectly acceptable lox sandwich and a yummy coffee), but to engage in conversation and good times with loved ones. Atmosphere is everything, and Zed’s Cafe has this in spades. To think, I would have missed out on the hygge-factor of this place if not for the suggestion of an old family friend.