I have the hot weather and my mother to thank for ending up at Abode in Webster Groves on Tuesday. She recently spotted the cafe and its respectable weekday morning crowd on the front patio, which is a telltale sign of any worthy cafe. And the 105-degree forecast was too intimidating to veer far from home. I did my due diligence on this place before hitting the road, and found out it just recently changed its name from Cafe Nura, in case you try to find it online or in Google Maps. Overall, I had a terrific morning, but what would my recap be without at least one rant…
So back to the topic of Google Maps, I have a bone to pick with whoever is in charge of updating the system with road closures, since part of my route was demolished from construction on Laclede Station. I’m sure the employees in the Sunnen Business Park all got a laugh out of the cyclist literally riding in circles trying to find a way out of the complex. You’re welcome, everyone. My detour took me on Big Bend all the way to Lockwood, and although it was the not-so-scenic route there was little traffic.
I made it to Abode around 9:30 and was pleasantly surprised to see four road bicycles resting in the rack, none locked up. For all you non-cyclists, that’s the equivalent feeling of living in a neighborhood where you don’t have to lock your doors at night. Plus, my bike was the least expensive of the bunch, so surely it would be the last to get stolen. The inside of the cafe is extremely eclectic, with artwork on the walls, ample booth and table seating, and a really cozy lounge area in the back with a couch. Behind the counter was a one woman band – baker, barista, sales clerk, and landscaper (yes, she even watered the plants outside in between customers). I couldn’t have been more impressed at her daily undertaking, and almost got the desire to offer to help (key word being “almost”)… The menu was easy to understand, listing the usual types of brews in two sizes, all for fairly cheap in my opinion. The pastry selection was as impressive as the jack-of-all-trades behind the bar – there were scones, apple turnovers, muffins, and the one I pounced on – walnut fig cake. I paired it with a large house brew supplied by local roaster Mississippi Mud and grabbed a seat on the patio facing the front door.
Three stops left to go!