You don’t have to visit the museum to come to the Cafe, so it’s a popular lunch spot for folks who work in the area. For those visiting the Riverside Arts Market on Saturdays, it’s close enough to walk to for a classy brunch. (On the first Saturday of the month the museum is free, which is another benefit).
The naan bread special changes from day to day. It’s served like a flatbread, then topped with whatever the chef is inspired by. For lunch I happened to catch the Thai naan, packed with bold sweetness and Thai spice. During Tapas Tuesdays they offer ½ portions of their naan of the day. The strawberry brie and honey naan that I shared on Tapas Tuesdays would perfectly accompany a glass of white wine.
Their excellently executed salads are made even better by the vegetarian black bean quinoa patty, which you can add to any salad for just $4. Those that crave variety and love salads will want to go for the Trio, which gives you your choice of three of their most popular: the sweet, yet hearty, Napa cabbage slaw, the Southwest chicken salad, orzo salad, baby blue or house salad.
They even do dessert right, with a rich chocolate molten cake. If you’re a fan of darker chocolate, you’ll love this decadent dessert. For cool nights out on the deck on Tapas Tuesdays, it would be great with a bold red.
Tapas Tuesday has begun gathering a following at the Cafe from 5 pm to 7 pm. It coincides with Free Florida Blue Tuesdays which starts from 4 pm until the museum closes at 9 pm. The soft lighting, opportunity to taste wines, the tapas menu and live music makes for a different experience than daytime at the Cafe.