Sorry for the week off! As always, my schedule is becoming rather crowded and now my full-time schedule has been extended until the end of the year…literally. I am noticing that a lot of posts I used to do are becoming less frequent and for that I do apologize, BUT I am back with The Foodie and today I’m reviewing Before ‘n’ After Café!
DISCLAIMER: I was not paid, asked, or offered any discount for this review. This review is based solely on my own experience and opinion as a first time customer and the meal was paid for entirely by my party. Thank you for understanding.
I had seen this small but incredibly adorable cafe, once, when my friends and I decided to get our nails done. I wanted to stop by, but they were unfortunately closed. Almost a year later I found the chance to swing by for a quick meal and finally do the review I’ve been wanting to do!
Before ‘n’ After Café is located in Stafford, VA on Walpole Street in a gorgeous town center. The outside is decorated with a large, adorable clock and patio seating. There is plenty of parking throughout the town center so there was definitely no issue finding a spot. When Anthony and I arrived, it seemed very lively outside as there was a large group or party happening. This wasn’t too much of a bother, honestly. However we decided to eat inside, as it was much more quiet and less chilly. The inside was decorated with a little bit of everything. From cute clock and time motifs to quotes from a random pirate on the left. All in all, it was crazy yet comfortable…except for one thing: there was a TV. I know this is really just a personal preference and many of you may say, ” I am just being picky.” However my reasoning is this: When I go to a cafe I go specifically for the atmosphere. I enjoy quiet surroundings where I can enjoy my food without worrying about people yelling at a sports game or being mindlessly distracted by something I am constantly surrounded. Granted this little pet peeve of mine won’t take away from what I thought of the food, it is solely a personal preference.
When we arrived, we were immediately greeted by two employees who took my order: A Chai Tea Latte with soy milk and Tomato Bisque Soup. The first to come out was the Chai Tea Latte and I was incredibly happy that they were accommodating to my dairy allergy. My first sip was heaven; the perfect temperature, the perfect ratio of milk to tea so the chai was not overpowering compared to others I’ve had in the past. Each sip got better and better and when I reached the end I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of tea leaves or any gritty textures. It was incredible. I applaud Before ‘n’ After Café on their wonderful latte craftsmanship as it left a lasting impression.
After the latte arrived, I was notified that they were out of the Tomato Bisque Soup and gave me the option of choosing anything else on the menu regardless of price. As generous as the offer was, I decided to choose something as close to the original price as possible and went with the Kosher Pretzel Dog. A part of me was craving something far from healthy and another part never had a hot dog on a pretzel bun before and really wanted to try it. Well, I went for it.
When the plate…or platter arrived I must admit that I was a little underwhelmed with the presentation. The portion size was incredibly spot on and filling without being too full. Although there was a giant white and empty space in the middle of my platter. My suggestion, in this case, would be to use a smaller plate or platter to accommodate the amount of food they use. I also was a bit put off by how greasy the pretzel bun was. I’m not too sure if it was the butter if they used butter, but it made me contemplate for a few seconds on how I should eat it without making a big mess. After coming to terms with the fact that my fingers were going to get messy and I should just use the napkins given, I took a bite. The pretzel bun, greasiness aside, was actually quite delicious. The texture fit perfectly for a gourmet hot dog and added a bit more flavor than that of a regular white bread bun. The hot dog was cooked all the way through and tasted…well, like a hot dog. I didn’t eat many of the chips since Anthony decided to devour them but I am pretty sure they weren’t made by the restaurant and were more than likely store bought. And then there was the pickle which was delicious by itself, so no need for judgement there.
Overall, I was happy with the service provided! My chai tea latte was to die for while my kosher pretzel dog was better than good, but the presentation and chips left more to be desired. I would suggest this café for people who are looking for a more relaxed cafe than that of a traditional coffee house as Before ‘n’ After Café offers alcohol and meal choices alongside coffee and pastries.
If you would like to visit Before ‘n’ After Café, visit their website HERE for their menu, operating hours, and more.
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