Thursday, February 4, 2016

Morgantown Edition: South Perk Market

South Perk MarketA new coffee shop opened up in South Park called South Perk Market -- get it? Morgantown has room, I think, for a new coffee shop or two. I went recently (kinda recently; it's taken me a while to get to this blog post) for lunch.

South Perk MarketFirst things first, there is off-street parking! Major key. I'm guessing South Perk will find its niche as a local neighborhood coffee shop, so I'm not sure how many people will actually be driving here. BUT, it was super nice for us.

South Perk MarketInside, there are wares and goods from local artisans along the left teal wall with this super cute rolling ladder. Love that so much.

South Perk MarketThey have a few baked goods behind the counter - muffins, cookies, etc. from a local baker. Some of which are vegan or gluten-free. There was a blueberry muffin there that I just had to have.
South Perk Market

South Perk Market

There is bulk tea and bulk coffee available, as well as single-serve coffee, tea and espresso. I ordered a caramel creme french press. Because I had never had one before, so why not? I, admittedly, am not a huge coffee drinker. I used to need coffee, which is when I decided to step back. And only recently have I begun reintroducing it fairly regularly. All's good in moderation, right?



They also (typically) have some cold wrapped sandwiches and can serve up paninis. Ingredients they have include wraps (veggie or vegan or with deli meat), paninis, croissants or sandwiches with roast beef, turkey, ham, tuna salad or chicken salad. 

South Perk Market
Since there were none available that day, she custom made a sandwich for me. I went for a panini with turkey, provolone, red onion, cranberries and mayo.

So what's the verdict?

South Perk MarketI like it. The cozy atmosphere was perfect for a rainy day. Tony, Jake and I sat at a tall bar that overlooked town, worked away on our laptops and drank our coffee. I've learned french press is a bit stronger, a bit more robust. But quite flavorful. And the muffin was among some of the best I've had. Very moist and huge, sweet blueberries dotted the inside. And that sandwich was very tasty - so much so that I went home and recreated it. I think half of the creative genius is mine, I think. But I told them they should add it as a regular item on the menu.

South Perk MarketThe coffee shop vibe isn't quiteeee there yet. The ambiance was just a bit off with some random loud stragglers walking around and about and just general odds and ends. But I think it's a nice option either way for folks in South Park -- and even others who want a change of pace.

Grade: B
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