Accessibility: no barriers.
Specialty diets: many non-dairy options.
Cleanliness: very clean.
Lighting: big windows, very bright.
Noise level: quiet, although less so when entertainment is offered.
Children welcome: yes.
Parking: free in front and behind the cafe.
For die-hard coffee fanatics or those with an insatiable sweet tooth, the Curious Cat Cafe recently opened near the University of Toledo. After operating Bleak House (in downtown Toledo, on Adams St.) for several years, Cafe owner Darko Vidovic decided to expand his operation by moving to a larger, brighter location close to families, students and professors. The community-minded Cafe, with a new name and a new look, exudes the same charm and delectable food options that Bleak House patrons came to expect. Inside Curious Cat, comfortable seating areas with colorful couches and upholstered chairs invite guests to relax with a cup of coffee while enjoying a bite to eat.
The Cafe’s website notes it is a place for the “peckish”, looking for the next go-to brunch spot. Fans of Vidovic’s previous venture can expect the same rich coffee as Curious Cat brews Intelligentsia and Stumptown roasts. A full range of beverages, including some with house-made syrups. along with teas from Harney & Sons, accompany frothy lattes and cappuccinos made with milk from Knueven Creamery in Leipsic.
Curious Cat’s wide array of sweets range from traditional Sicilian cannolis and tiramisu to French macarons, chaussons aux pommes (apple turnovers with a buttery, flaky crust), Nutella crepes or waffles. Fresh-pressed paninis are available with a large selection of ingredients for those seeking something savory, along with specials that rotate weekly.
Seating nooks lend themselves to relaxed visits with friends or settling in with a good book, making Curious Cat an excellent place to visit alone or with company. Jazz is offered most Wednesday evenings and entertainment is scheduled for some weekends (call or check Facebook for details).
Other locally sourced activities are in the planning stages including a book club, board games and dance lessons, which will enhance the Curious Cat’s standing as a community asset. Whatever the reason for your visit, Vidovic assures that visitors leave the Cafe with piqued curiosity and planning future visits.
Open 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday.
8am-7pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Curious Cat Cafe
3057 W. Bancroft, Toledo, OH.
419-740-1125 | curiouscatcafe.square.site