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“A Wonderful Find”

Emma's Coffee House
Ranked #15 of 26 Restaurants in Bad Axe
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

While in Bad Axe earlier this week my friend and I saw this coffee shop and decided to stop for coffee and lunch. We were thrilled when we walked in and found this little gem. We ended up having a wonderful lunch, coffee and topped it off with the delicious locally made Fried Pies - couldn't have been better. Lovely, intimate coffee shop with good food and friendly employees - I will definitely return again and again. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Thank Alyn T
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Had family in town and they went up for coffee and a pastry. They all loved the decor as well as the coffee / pastry. New business and they did an excellent job remodeling. They also have a drive through for a quick cup of coffee.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank seetheusainaford
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

We stopped here right around noon on a cold and rainy day, curious to see if this latest entry into the upscale coffee scene can cut the mustard. (See the Cuban)

Emma's Coffee Shop shares the old bank building with a fitness place, and you have to use the east entrance to make entry.

The actual shop area is bright and friendly, lots of inviting baked goods showcased in the glass display. The upper cabinets behind the counter are faced with chalkboard; thus the obligatory colored chalk menu items in a flowery display. Beware: the first time you are confronted with the great number of coffee, tea and food items in chalk, it takes a while to sort out the selections. Between the two of us, it took a good five minutes to figure out that Emma's carried a Soup of the Day.

Like just about every coffee-type place, you order at the center of the counter and pick up at the end of the counter.

First minor complaint: why isn't the Soup of the Day identified? We had to ask; Clam Chowder. When we were informed of Soup selection, an unsolicited voice of praise behind us described the Chowder as "great!".

Since we are big fans of Chowders, the wife pulled the trigger on the Soup and half a sandwich, namely the Cuban.

I opted for just Chowder and was mildly disappointed that soup was only served in one size; a serving that was a little less than a "bowl".

We got our soups right away and they were rich and delicious..... but.........
.....the first flavor is more like Cream of Mushroom than Clam. Being Chowder "veterans", we thought there should be more clams and clam flavor, a few more spuds, and a little more thickness. This is nitpicking, but since it is a review...

A cardinal sin: they were out of crackers.

The 1/2 sandwich came a little slower than we expected, but since it is "pressed", we weren't too concerned.

The 1/2 Cuban was outstanding, with a big slice of Dearborn Ham (our favorite) dominating this heavier than usual version of the South Florida sandwich. Would order this again.

Another nice touch was the Wife's water: Served in a larger clear plastic glass with plenty of ice, a lid and a straw - even had her name on it. A lot of times, if you ask for a water at the typical Yuppie coffee shop, a tiny tepid shot glass of water is reluctantly served. (Can't make any money on your water, thus the usual lame delivery of agua.)

Emma's had plenty of friendly help; all the servers, workers, and prep people were pleasant and polite. So far so good; we will see how they are in the dead of winter; up here a "slow" time when a lot of the Thumb businesses feel the pinch.

No, we didn't order any coffee. We are seniors and try to avoid "doubling down" on caffeine after noon. But we are no strangers to "good" coffee and will check Emma's brew out when we are in the area in the morning. Another Thumb's up: a sign said "All Emma's coffee beans are roasted in Michigan".

We will stop here again, albeit with some crackers secreted in my hoodie pouch........

Date of visit: November 2017
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Thank scottmttx
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