Elvy & Flo
Elvy & Flo are the names of two grandmothers, one from Italy and one from Nova Scotia.
This cafe emulates their sense of warmth and hospitality, and comes fully equipped with a patio, WiFi, and a fuller food menu than you’d typically expect from a coffee shop.
Changing frequently, it’s written out on a chalkboard behind a refurbished wood bar.
Blown-up old portraits of both grandmothers and a Tunisian birdcage decorate the fully accessible 30-seat space.
They have all-gender washrooms, a changing table, and even a self-serve sink at the back for filling up water bottles.
Local roaster Barocco’s Forte is used for a cortado ($3.50), though you could also opt for their Scuro or Appian.
You won’t get any fancy latte art here, but a milky cap on the bold cortado does settle into a thick layer of golden foam on top.
There are miniccinos (19 cents) for kids, just steamed milk with cocoa, cinnamon or both and mini marshmallows to recreate a grown-up feel.
Everything is made from scratch here, including blueberry pop tarts ($5), the menu co-designed by Rhubarb and Cod’s Susan Keefe.
Flaky and bursting with naturally-sweet fruit filling, it’s nothing like its boxed counterpart.
Specialty items like this change up often and are more reliably available on weekends, but pastry case items like muffins, scones and cookies are generally always in stock.
Flo’s Baked Egg Sandwich ($6.50) is an instant classic, a soft house milk bun sandwiching a square of creamy chive baked egg, provolone, and a smoky house roasted maple tofu.
Your other protein options are turkey or mortadella, but it’s that luscious egg that really stars. Aioli and arugula complete the picture.
Avocado toast ($6) comes on thick slices of St. John’s Bakery bread, chunky smashed avocado accented by radish, zinging chili oil and earthy cumin pepitas.
A back patio seats about 20, a more private sidelong sidewalk-style patio seating about six.