Blue Moose Cafe

By Candace Nelson - 8:00 AM

As one of the few coffeehouses in Morgantown, Blue Moose Cafe is one-of-a-kind. It boasts itself as being a cyber cafe, with wifi, during the day, as well as a groovy hangout at night, with a stage for performances. This hipster joint offers imported beers, smoothies, bagels, breakfast and lunch entrees, and of course, coffee. They have a number of organic, all-natural and vegetarian dishes. They are one of the most vegetarian/vegan-friendly restaurants in town.

Breakfast is served Monday through Saturday all day, and a Sunday brunch is from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dishes include various omelets, french toast, and the breakfast burrito.

Lunch is served Monday through Friday 11:30 am. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 12:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. They have sandwiches, like tuna salad, roasted red pepper and spinach melt, and a reuben. Salads include a spinach salad and mediterranean salad. And for the less adventurous, they have staples like grilled cheese sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly and quesadillas.

The building is located on Walnut Street, at an intersection, which makes it a prime spot for people-watching. It's artsy and eclectic. The interior is more shabby-chic. You order at the counter. I quickly looked over the menu and decided to try their Southwestern Black Bean Burger, which was a homemade black bean patty topped with white sharp cheddar, lettuce, onion tomato and chipotle mayo (or nay) on a toasted Kaiser roll. The friendly lady behind the counter rang me up and handed me a peacock card holder to set at my table.

My food came out not too long afterward. A beautiful presentation, the sandwich looked like it was going to be a hit. I mashed it all together, spread some of the mayo on it, and took a bite. It was … bland, dry, heavy. I put some more mayo on it, hoping to balance out the flavors. To no avail. I took a bite of a tortilla chip with some salsa. Even that had no depth of flavor. I went back at the burger - it looked too good to not be delicious. Chunks of corn were spread throughout. Even the chipotle mayo wasn't doing it for me - it, too, tasted like it was lacking.

Something here needed to balance out these flavors. Something light, sweet even. My tastebuds were craving it. So, we got some smoothies after our meal. You can choose your fruits, and I got strawberry with pineapple juice. It was tasty, and added that nice, cool, sweet, light flavor I was desperately seeking. I don't think this is a total loss, because I really enjoyed the smoothie. And, I've eaten here before, so I'm looking forward to trying it again.

Grade: C
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