What a great little coffee shop! All of downtown Perry oozes cuteness, and the Coffee Cup on Carroll is at the heart of it all.
First, there’s the outdoor seating. A few little tables accent the interesting architecture of this corner building and are absolutely charming at any time of day. They also have spilled over to the other side of the street for busy days, all with free wi-fi.
Inside, there are 10 tables plus some counter seats, as well as a little gift shop in the back. Upstairs, there are more tables, a room for groups, and two rooms set up for living-room-style chats. Both floors have a stage area for local musicians.
But the food! Any place that serves breakfast all day is already ahead of the pack, and these breakfast items are delicious. We had the turkey sausage, egg and cheese on a homemade biscuit for only $3.50. For that same low price, you can get bacon or ham on a croissant, English muffin or bagel. Other breakfast items include homemade Belgian waffles, blueberry crumble muffins, scones and artisan cinnamon rolls. Shouldn’t you be in the car already?
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If you’re still reading, maybe you’re not a breakfast-all-day kind of person and need to know about lunch. We had the homemade chili, chock full of beef for $3 a cup or $5 a bowl. The Coffee Cup Cuban for $7.50 is on pressed crusty bread with ham and roast beef with Swiss cheese and spicy mustard. The Perry has homemade chicken salad (for purists, with no grapes or nuts) on a croissant, and the chicken and bacon ranch wrap was so filling we couldn’t finish it, no matter how delicious it was.
We will definitely stop by the Coffee Cup on Carroll next time we are in Perry, so we made a list of what to try on a next visit. Perry’s Own Philly wrap with roast beef, peppers, onions and melted provolone sounds like heaven on a flour tortilla. The Nutty Bacon Apple wrap combines peanut butter with crunchy Fujis and balsamic vinegar, and the homemade broccoli salad and potato salad both look fantastic.
For dessert, we had huge carrot cake cupcakes with whipped cream cheese icing, turtle brownies, iced sugar cookies and homemade biscotti, all at scandalous prices. Check their Facebook page to find out when they’re serving strawberry lemonade cake, cookie dough waffles and tiramisu.
Of course, they have hand-pulled espresso drinks, iced lattes and fruit smoothies. You can get specialty drinks like the Nutella, the Spice Girl and the Happy Camper with marshmallow and mocha syrups. We came for lunch on a Saturday, but I’d love to see what this place could do if it opened for evenings during the summer. It’s got a great vibe, very friendly service and well-priced, delicious food. The only thing it needs now is more hours.
The Coffee Cup on Carroll
Address: 900 Carroll St., Perry
Hours: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: No
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 100
Price range: $3.50-$7.50
Rating: 3.5 stars