Lunch Box : Courthouse Commons Cafe
There’s something to be said about a place that can take the ordinary and make it better. So it is with the Courthouse Commons Café in downtown Carlisle, across the street from, yes, the courthouse. This is a place for comfort food, carefully and quickly prepared, with serving sizes that are not skimpy.
From the blackboard menu, with its detailed listings of deli sandwiches, paninis named after local judges, wraps, and soups, I ordered the Ebert–a turkey and swiss panini–and a glass of unsweetened ice tea; my companion opted for the soup of the day, half a roast beef sandwich, and coffee. The woman who took our order was courteous and helpful.
Within minutes, my companion’s bowl of home style chicken noodle soup arrived at our table. With its curly egg noodles, peas, and chunks of carrots, celery and chicken floating in a subtly seasoned broth, it tasted as if it came from my grandmother’s kitchen.
The sandwiches were brought to our table shortly after my companion finished his soup by a cheerful waiter who ensured we had everything we needed or wanted for our lunch. My overfull panini was prepared exactly as it should be, warm and crisp on the outside, with a meld of flavors inside. Slices of fresh roast turkey and swiss cheese were complemented by pieces of bacon. The honey mustard dressing was enough to enhance the flavor of the sandwich without overwhelming it or causing the bread to get soggy. Potato chips rounded out the meal, which cost $6.99 for the sandwich plate and $1.69 for the cold drink.
The deli sandwich was stacked with tender slices of roast beef, tomatoes and crisp lettuce on fresh rye bread. By request, horseradish was added to the sandwich (warning—if you don’t like horseradish, don’t order this enhancement; it was quite flavorful). The sandwich was tasty enough for my companion to remark that he wished he’d ordered a whole instead of a half. His dark roast coffee was full bodied but not bitter. Cost for the soup and sandwich combo was $5.99; coffee was $1.35 for a refillable cup.
With tax, total cost of lunch for two was $16.98.
Reviewer: RD | June 2012