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Surprise! Cafe
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Reviewed 8 September 2014 via mobile

Stopped in for breakfast on recommendation of a friend. Had a breakfast bowl with eggs, potatoes, bacon and just the right amount of sour cream and salsa. Excellent FRESH coffee. Good place to go if visiting the north country.

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Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

We stopped in for a coffee when I noticed the espresso sign. Ended up getting travel mugs, mochas, and great customer service. The coffee however was higher priced than its value.

1  Thank MizzMegan1
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Loved this wonderful little cafe. Great breakfasts, great personnel, lovely community hub. Don't miss it!

2  Thank bikegem
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

The Station and Surprise! Cafe are, as of this writing, located in the same space in bustling downtown Cedarville. While it's best to write of them separately - they're different businesses in the same space - they're both outstanding and worth your time. As of this writing, The Station is open Thursday/Friday/Saturday from 4 to 9pm and Surprise! Cafe is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8am to 2pm.

Cedarville is about 120 miles from the nearest Starbucks (ignoring for now the Starbucks on offer at the Niles Motel in Alturas). This is a bit of a double-edged sword for those of us whose central nervous systems have become reliant on coffee but who think Starbucks is nothing more than a glorified gas station for people. Yes, coffee is available in Cedarville - served up by nice people at Country Hearth, the .22 Cafe, and Rabbit Traxx gas station. But the REAL stuff - like a good, solid espresso - is harder to come by.

Enter Surprise! Cafe. The first Surprise! is that that place exists at all. It's tucked inside a tiny storefront with seating room for perhaps 20 - and a radio station. (Ignore for a moment the irony of being in one of the most remote, wide-open places in California and inside a bandbox of a building.)

The second Surprise! is that not only is the coffee excellent, but everything else is too. (Waffle Saturdays are a treat, but the sandwiches and salads are outstanding as well.)

The third Surprise! is Adrien Kelly, the owner-operator. An absolutely terrific woman, she exemplifies the best of small-town America. Hugs for the locals, a kind word for the rest of us. (And wi-fi for everybody, which is NOT a given in a part of the world where AT&T cellphones are as useful as bricks with keypads on them.)

This is what a coffee house should be. And it's in the middle of nowhere. Surprise!

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2  Thank Craig D
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Go to The Station for a brew and a GREAT dinner at night and to the Surprise Cafe for breakfast and lunch. It is worth the drive to Cedarville.

2  Thank SanDiegoSandy
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