The Cornish Cafe: Oakland’s New Bistro and Coffee House

As has become a habit soon after we arrive at Tall Pines, I was leafing through the local menu guide in search of coupons for area restaurants we tend to frequent. While unsuccessful at netting any discounts, I was surprised to find an ad for a recently opened a bistro/coffee house in downtown Oakland. As new restaurants don’t spring up all that often in Garrett County, we were excited to check it out. 

Second Street Entrance to The Cornish Cafe

The Cornish Café was easy to find in one of Second Street’s quaint row houses.  Walking in, we were immediately embraced by its inviting feel, attractive décor, and smiling baristas. It’s not a large place by any means, but that only serves to add to its coziness and charm. 

 Inside the Cornish Cafe

The menu offers a limited number of creative (by Oakland standards) breakfast and lunch selections, along with daily specials. We opted for the “Tuscan Chicken” and “Black Forest Ham & Swiss” Panini, which are also available as sandwiches. Both were made to order and came out hot and crisp. While there was nothing fancy about the presentation, each sandwich was substantial in size and accompanied by a delicious lemon poppy seed tea cookie, which was a nice way to end a satisfying meal. We would definitely order both sandwiches again, but are also interested in trying some of the other menu selections the next time we visit. The freshly baked desserts and other goodies perched next to the register certainly looked tempting, as did the assortment of hot specialty drinks. With an infant in tow, however, we did not have the luxury of lingering long.

Seating Area Inside Cornish Cafe

Overall, the baristas were welcoming, the service efficient, the seating comfortable, and the food tasty and freshly prepared. And there is plenty of free parking in the town lot located just one block up the street and across the train tracks. Stop in and give The Cornish Café a try the next time you’re in Oakland!

Location: 121 S. Second Street, Oakland


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