Inspire Café

By Xavier Sanchez

The final “X Marks The Spot” restaurant review takes on Inspire Café. Stop spending money on Starbucks and spend local. Inspire Café is one of the many places to fill up the Dubuque Historic District over the recent years. They focus on three things at the café: coffee, connection, and community. They want their customers to be able to enjoy their food and drinks, make new friends within the community, and allow you to create new things and grow together.

The drink menu is huge. They offer coffee, teas, beer, wine and a few other drinks. I did not get a coffee when I was there, but my sister who has been there a few times now speaks of the quality and taste of their coffee. I did try their smoothies and they were delicious.

Their food menu covers bakery goods and assorted breakfast and lunch small plates. Under their bakery goods, they have their in-house goods as well as bakery goods from Manna Java Bakery and East Mill Bakery.
Make sure you try Mama Mary’s apple bread which is made from scratch with fresh apple chunks that will for sure complement your breakfast.

Also included in this part of the menu are Betty Jane candies and Big Apple bagels. The breakfast and lunch small plates offer several breakfast items, soups, salads, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas. Try the breakfast burrito. The burrito comes with scrambled eggs, hummus, avocado, spinach, green peppers, red onion and salsa stuffed in a tomato basil tortilla. Thinking lunch instead? Try the Margherita flatbread pizza.

Inspire Café prides themselves on featuring a “revolving, seasonally-inspired menu, and vegetarian, vegan options and Gluten Free items.”

They also have English Afternoon tea the last Sunday of every month from 2-5 p.m. The afternoon consists of a three-tiered arrangement of finger sandwiches, scones, and seasonal desserts. Drinks are available for purchase. The cost is $25 per person. They do have “Little Prince & Princess tea” available for guest between the age of 4-12 and is $15 per person.

Inspire Café is open all week long for your coffee and food needs. The hours are Sunday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Inspire Café is located at 955 Washington St #105 in Dubuque, IA.

As a final note, summer is here and the Dubuque Historic Millwork District is where you need to be. Several great things to take in every week, all summer long.

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