Review: When you think of, or even google coffee shops in OCNJ, more than likely Ocean City Coffee Co is going to be the first place that comes up. They have three Ocean City location and one in Media, PA. Tony and I have been frequenting here over the last 4 years. I remember taking Tony here not long after we first starting dating. Ocean City Coffee is definitely a classic in Ocean City. My go to order is typically a cold brew, but today I went with an Oat Milk Latte and it did not disappoint. Ocean City Coffee is definitely worth a stop if you are in town.
Drip and Scoop has become a staple in OCNJ over the past few years. So popular that they are currently in the works of opening up two more locations. Drip and Scoop has to be my favorite local coffee shop in OCNJ. Drip and Scoop has the best flavor coffee around. Their drinks are always consistent which is so important. Drip and Scoop serves Coffee, Ice Cream, and Donuts. For being in a beach town their prices are extremely reasonable. Less expensive then in the city. The donuts range in price from $1 to $2. For this specific trip we ordered two large lattes and a small iced coffee and only spent around $12, then the next day we ordered a large latte, a small coffee, and 4 donuts and still only spent around $12. The aesthetic inside is so cute and welcoming. The branding of Drip and Scoop is completely on point! Not to mention the place is so clean. Today we were actually going to stop at another coffee shop that I’m not going to name, but we walked up and it did not look clean, so we turned right around and went back over to Drip And Scoop! If you stop at one coffee shop when you are in town make it Drip and Scoop!
Wow have we found our new favorite coffee shop in the city, better yet it’s the closest as well. I am actually a little sad that it is only a 2 block walk from our old apartment, and a little farther from our new house. Cafe Dear Leon is French inspired and boy to do they deliver! On our first stop over we had the oat scone and I honestly can’t get enough of it! They serve it with French butter and homemade jam. We have also tried their banana pudding, or I guess I should say Tony tried it. It was so good I didn’t have a chance to get a spoon in! We also tried the babka and it was delicious! Everyone has been raving about the egg salad, but I have not had a chance to try it yet. Hopefully this week I can. Cafe Dear Leon has become a Baltimore Foodie Favorite overnight. Most mornings there is a line. On the weekend, there always is one that extends around the block. Their line speaks for the quality of pastries they put out. Expect weekly photos of their cold brew and oat scones on my instagram story because we are hooked!
This weekend we were in the Lancaster area for a friends wedding and we of course had to stop by the local coffee shops before we left if the morning. I reached out to Lauren, a friend of Tony’s who lives in the area for recommendations on where to go. Lauren recommended three coffee shops in the area, but this one was her fav and I can totally see why! There are two locations, one in down town Lancaster and one in New Holland. We were a little closer to the New Holland location so that was where we decided to stop. You always know the coffee is going to be good when there was about 20 people in line before they opened. From the moment we walked up the aesthetic was just perfect! The coffee was perfect, great flavor, and honestly didn’t need the SF caramel. We liked the taste so much we took home a growler. Tony and I shared the apple poptart and WOW it was out of this world. It was sweet and delicious. The flavor was like nothing I have ever had before. If you are a Baltimore local it definitely trumps the Iron Rooster poptart hands down. They also had a cute little room for events that could be rented, and a coffee truck outside. Definitely a great way to spend your Sunday morning.
On our quest to discover new and exciting coffee shops, Kate and I visited Artifact Coffee this past Friday 4/17. It is in the Hampden neighborhood right by Woodberry Kitchen . Artifact is know for Counter Culture (great beans for great baristas). Kate and I ordered our coffee on their website which was very convenient. As we arrived, we could see the beautiful stone building followed up by an instagram worthy interior. We both said we cannot wait to come back and take pictures inside. They also have locally brew beer and wine available for purchase as well. We did not pick any up this time but we definitely will in the future. As for the coffee… it was delicious! Kate and I really enjoyed our cold brew with oat milk. Next time I would like to try one of their unique seasonal drinks like their Lavender Mocha Latte. As we left we made sure to take a couple of picture (as we always do). Hope you enjoy!
A few weekends ago Tony and I visited Vent Coffee Roasters for the first time. They are operating on limited hours during COVID-19 and you can place your order online here. They recommend ordering 5-15 minutes ahead of time. If you have been following this series on my blog, you know that cold brew with a SF flavor is my go to. At Vent Tony and I ordered cold brew black and only added Splenda. It was by far the best cold brew we have ever had! We have been back a few times since our first visit because we fell in love with this coffee! I even put a gift card in Tony’s Easter Basket. The asctetic inside is super cute and modern. I can’t wait to go back after COVID and be able to hang out in such a cool space. The Barista’s there are incredible. They make you feel so welcome and are extremely genuine. Can’t wait to visit again soon.
Last week Tony and I visited OneDo in Canton for the first time. It was there last day open before closing for COVID-19. They were doing 20% off of all drinks and they had a ton of merchandise for sale as well! It was super cute inside and I would love to go back when they re opening to work on my computer and enjoy the atmosphere. They didn’t have any SF flavors, so next time I might try a totally different drink.
While checking in on my parents during COVID-19 we of course had to support local and try out a coffee place! Surprisingly there are no local coffee shops in the town I grew up in. (Someone please correct me if I am wrong.) Only full of Starbucks and Dunkin. After a quick Yelp search Evermore Coffee Roasters came up as a top choice. I checked on Instagram to make sure they were open, and we were in luck they were open for curb side pick up! We headed over after placing an online order and we were more than pleasantly surprised. The barista that brought our coffees out was more than friendly. As you know Tony and I love SF flavors and Vanilla was the only SF flavor available so I initially chose to not get a flavor (Vanilla isn’t my fav) but than after I tried Tony’s I was mind blown and I called them back to see if they could add it into my cold brew! They were more than happy to do so. As far as the total vibe, we didn’t go inside because of COVID-19 but from the outside, peaking inside, and from photos on Instagram I could tell it was an adorable aesthetic. This taste rating was our highest by far since we have started this blog series. We will definitely be back the next time we are in the neighborhood. I even convinced my parents they needed to check it out. Thank you Evermore for a great Sunday coffee date!
Tony and I visited Cafe Latte’da in Fells Point today. They have maintained staying open during COVID-19 as just take out only. It was our first time in. It definitely had a great local vibe to it. I’m guessing that they were operating on a limited menu, because I tried to order cold brew and they only had iced coffee which was perfectly fine with us! One really cool thing was that their ice cubes were made of iced coffee so when the ice melts it doesn’t water down your coffee! I’ve never had that before and that was a huge win! I had the sugar free hazelnut which was really good. Tony had the sugar free vanilla and he wasn’t the biggest fan of it, but he really liked mine! They also had local art on the walls for sale and all the proceeds go to the artists. There were a ton of really cool pieces. Thank you for being open during such a crazy time in the world, Cafe Latte’da!
Crazy hours they are open from 7a-3a daily, WOW! Tony found this little gem. Super cute on the inside! Without looking it up, from the name I was expecting sticky buns, but it was different kinds of buns, from pork buns, to sweet buns, to savory, there was something for everyone. They are also BYOB if you want to go later in the evening. Tony and I were able to get street parking right across the street. We ordered a different kind of coffee for us, a Chocolate Vietnamese coffee. It wasn’t 100% my cup of tea. Tony enjoyed it! We also ordered a Gruyere & Apple Bun and it was incredible! Such good flavors! I would most definitely order it again!