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1 of 5 bubbles Review of Cowan Cafe - CLOSED

Cowan Cafe
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2 reviews
“No longer in business. ”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

Couldn't find this place. Asked a local for a nice place to eat and was sent to "The Corner House" instead. Was a bit pricey and only had two choices on the menu (chicken or turkey casserole).

Thank S R
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  • English first
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English first
st augustine, fl
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great sandwiches....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

Used to always go in my childhood, and a great place to get your normal breakfast!

Visited August 2011
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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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125 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Great Breakfast in Setting Reminiscent of 1950's America”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2011

Cowan, Tennessee is in many ways fits the image of an idyllic small town in America. The streets are clean. The houses are generally modest but well maintained, at least along the main streets, and there is a railroad track that runs through the center of town with a big engine that kids or anyone who likes trains can touch.

A town of 1700 people or so isn't likely to have a wide variety of restaurants or stores. Cowan is not a big city suburb. It is surrounded by farms and mountains.

In the midst of this small town is a diner that most people would probably miss. Running the restaurant is a man named Tom. When you walk in, you may think you are in a scene of the "Leave it to Beaver" TV series or talking to Tom Bosley from the "Happy Days" sitcom. The tables are red and white and the old wooden chairs are still in service and look exactly like chairs in my grandmother's small cafe that she operated in the 1950's in a similar small town.

Tom is the owner of the Cowan Cafe. The Cowan cafe is a small diner. In fact, completing the image of a '50's TV setting, much of the furniture looks like that of a kitchen or a small, family-run cafe from the 1950's.

The restaurant is neat and clean. The patrons are usually few in number when I have visited and many of them know each other.

We have eaten at the Cowan Cafe a few times. The reason is simple: It provides one of the best breakfast meals available in the area. The eggs are fresh and cooked to order. The sausage is tasty and it doesn't get burned. The hash browns are cooked to perfection and well seasoned.

The crowning touch, at least for those of us who like to get up early and drive down a country road in a convertible and arrive at a restaurant shortly after it opens, is the bread. The multi-grain bread is fresh and doesn't appear or taste like it has come from a large factory turning out thousands of loaves for the masses. And, for those who are interested in a healthier breakfast, the small cafe offers fruit as an option as a side dish or as a substitute for the potato.

And, unlike some restaurants where the fruit is a few pieces of cantaloupe that the waitress dug out from the back of a refrigerator, the combination of bananas, grapes, fresh cantaloupe and melon is tasty, refreshing and seems to have been purchased that day for serving to the customers who wander in while driving down the main road.

If you are used to the high prices of a good breakfast in a big city, you would probably expect to pay $12 - $15 for a big breakfast that is tasty and healthy. But, in small town American, you can get by for about $7 - $8 with all the coffee and water you want to drink to accompany the meal.

To complete the image of an idyllic small town, there is an ice cream bar with hand made milk shakes with real milk, real ice cream, and a bar with a swivel stool. You can savor the calories while enjoying the look, taste and feel of old-fashioned American ice cream sliding down your throat without worrying about the chemicals that were added in the large chain restaurants where your milk shake is put into a paper cup from a large machine that uses a pre-mixed concoction with unknown ingredients.

If you are in Cowan, TN, enjoy the great breakfast (and the ice cream) at the Cowan Cafe. And be sure to tell Tom you read the review in Trip Advisor.

  • Visited June 2011
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