Buckhannon is home to some pretty cool restaurants, like CJ Maggies, The Donut Shop and The Market Bistro. The next one on my to-try list was 3/4 Cafe.
That name? Well, the owners have some insight as to why that is:
During a vacation in the summer of 2013, in an antique store on the California coast, a vintage cast brass ¾ house number was discovered at the bottom of a box of random hardware parts. We immediately recognized it as the rightful address for the 3rd basement, being the 3rd of 4 basements in the Stockert Building, and we delighted in the concept of the fractional addresses that are still found on so many Main Streets across the country, which the postal system no longer permits. It seemed that we had discovered an historic version of the contemporary "micro" trend. This ¾ name also solidified our hopes to someday have all four basements occupied by creative and alternative enterprises, comprising an underground district for the Arts in Buckhannon.
3/4 Cafe is located off the beaten path, in an alleyway behind Main Street. That sort of adds to its charm of being this hidden gem. Despite being in the basement of a building, there is a surprising amount of light that comes in through the windows. Plus there are hanging lights above each table, which adds some more air to the space. It's quite lovely inside, really, with sleek furniture and simple accents.
Water for the table is served in these glass bottles with swingtop closures. They have a variety of coffees, teas and wines, as well. The menu consists of mostly light plates, like salads, bread and cheese plates, soups and paninis.
The bacon, peach and chevre panini caught my eye. The panini had bacon, fresh peach, basil, and goat cheese on a nice hearty, crisp bread. It was served with a garden green side salad that I had dressed with a maple bacon dressing.
I really liked my sandwich. The flavors and portions of each were well thought out. The goat cheese was a perfect bite with the sweet peach, salty crisp bacon. It all tasted fresh, too. The salad dressing was a bit too sweet for my taste, but not bad.
It's something a little different, light and fresh. Give 'em a try.