I’ve been addicted to coffee for years now, and as every coffee enthusiast knows, finding the perfect coffee shop can sometimes be a struggle.
In general, I find they’re either too hipster, and filled with people who’s excessively tattooed arms give Rick Genest a run for his money.
Or, alternatively, they’re too family friendly (if that’s even an appropriate thing to say), and filled with little children running around like crazy, bumping into your laptop, and spilling their hot chocolate on your important business files.
Even with all the awful coffee shops I’ve been in, I’m still on the search for the perfect one. There’s no magic formula I can recite to explain what makes a coffee shop feel like home, but somehow, Cafe Helios has found the secret. Every time I come to Raleigh, and need some coffee for a little mid-day pick me up, I always stop in.
Nestled in the middle of Glenwood St. downtown, Cafe Helios is a nice little oasis right off the bustling streets. Today, I decided to venture in and get my coffee fix, and also to see if they had any good food. I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only did they offer food (in addition to the coffee based drinks and wine & beer they serve), but their menu had notations for vegan and gluten free choices. Even if you’re not vegan or gluten free, they have yummy combinations for carnivores and meat lovers too!
I chose the Stevewich which was delicious! I’ve never thought of mixing peanut butter with zucchini and squash before, but it was really lovely! It was a healthy and hearty choice that made my vegan heart sing!
I’ve been here for several hours now, pottering around on facebook, twitter, pinterest and tumblr and I’ve got to tell you, I haven’t encountered Rick Genest and his impressive tattoos, or unruly little children. The cafe has a gentle buzz, and a hum of people engaged in pleasant conversation. This is definitely a coffee shop I’d recommend, and return to!
Now, If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a Stevewich to enjoy! Bon Appetit!