This place has been the stuff of legend to me for many years- I had heard rumors that somewhere there lurked a coffee shop decorated with thousands of books and named after Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous poem, but I’d never actually hunted it down.
Well! Thank heavens I have a fellow English major for a sister, for we hunted it down and reveled in it properly!
The Raven Café in Port Huron, MI, is, simply put, everything that an English major dreams of- the walls are covered in bookshelves filled with books on pretty much every possible topic. The café tables depict famous authors and musicians (Charlotte Bronte table? I think I will!)
We came on a weeknight and had no trouble getting a table, but the place was buzzing with activity- the hip, literati crowd seems to camp out here for long stretches, which just kind of adds to the atmosphere, and the live indie/folk music doesn’t hurt either.
The café itself is kind of the best of all possible worlds- there’s a drink menu with beer, wine and cocktails, which afforded me a yummy Michigan beer and my sister a rather delicious (I stole a sip) Mudslide.
Once that’s done, one can move on to the food menu- they have really really really delicious sandwiches, which are even more delicious because many of them are named after Poe works (I’ll have an “Imp of the Perverse” Hot Turkey Pastrami, please).
And after all this tasty snackage, one may wish for a coffee, and they have a whole menu for that too!! Note to self, and also to everybody else- peanut butter mocha. Do it.
Now all that remains is to go back, and bring our other sister too- maybe this time I’ll try the “Loss of Breath” Grilled Cheese?