Don’t let the word “cafe” throw you. This local bistro, owned by Chef Charles Cline and his wife Phyllis, is an upscale restaurant. No novice, Cline, a graduate of the Culinary Art Institute of America, has been refining his recipes and dishing up highly delectable grub for almost twenty years. The cafe has dining down to an art-form, seriously. The ambiance is superb – rich colors, warm lighting and a fantastic staff. It makes for an intimate dining experience and the food will leave you pleasantly contented, if not fat, dumb and happy all at once.
Inspired by Cline’s culinary expertise, the menu is an eclectic mix of Asian, Mediterranean and European influences and you’ll find entrees (large plates) like Thai vegetables in coconut curry sauce with soba noodles as well as the porterhouse steak with truffle butter and demi glace. For smaller appetites (or to sample a variety of dishes) order the small plates, like the black bean quesadilla, olive salad or bacon oyster rockefeller.
If you’re looking to take a little bit of the Heartline Cafe home with you, consider purchasing one of Chuck’s cookbooks! Plus, they serve breakfast and lunch at The Market adjacent to the Cafe; stop in for lighter fare when the Cafe is closed.
And P.S., save room for dessert, maybe two. It’s a tough choice when you’re getting homemade treats.