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“Smell the Pumpkin”
Review of Off the Rail Cafe

Off the Rail Cafe
Ranked #1 of 22 Restaurants in Elkhart Lake
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$10
Cuisines: American, British
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Off The Rail is a cozy breakfast/lunch restaurant located in the heart of Elkhart Lake. We offer fresh, made-to-order, hand-crafted sandwiches and soups as well as coffee, beer and wine. Family run and a fun vibrant atmosphere will have you feeling right at home in this historical building. Custom Free Wi-Fi available.
Orland Park, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Smell the Pumpkin”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Read about this little jem on TripAdvisor and had to check it out. The decor is adorable and their coffees are delicious! We were fortunate to be there while the Pumpkin latte was available. Excellent! We did arrive close to noon so they had stopped serving any egg options, so I had the salmon bagel and loved it!

Visited October 2013
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Leesburg, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Loved It!!!”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

Great little cafe that you can bet I be going to again! Awesome sandwiches and top notch service! Can't wait to go back!!!

  • Visited September 2013
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Laguna Beach, California
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
“On the Rail”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

My husband and I were in Elkhart Lake for the CanAM series of Motor Racing in July 2013. We loved the experience at this little historic cafe. Mostly Breakfast for us, the staff was well versed in getting your order straight and in good time. Considering the crowds of people that showed up there for race week ,Off the Rail, continued to supply us with great variety of coffee and fabulous breakfast items. Grant it, you order Starbucks style and then watch the kitchen as the staff spins in all directions to facilitate delicious delicasies. The one great thing while you wait for breakfast items is that you are given a cup to get your own coffee and refills are allowed. All in all, definately a fast and enjoyable place to begin a day at the races.

  • Visited July 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very well done”
Reviewed 2 September 2013 via mobile

Great sandwiches and great baked goods for take away. We had a nice lunch and an even better breakfast the next morning thanks to the bacon egg and cheese muffins. Very nice!

  • Visited August 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“I dreamed about Breakfast. For Real.”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

This charming former train station in this charming vacation spot has a chalkboard full of delicious breakfast and lunch items. I can only vouch for the first item on the breakfast menu, "The Commuter" which is an egg, bacon & cheddar on sourdough. That I literally dreamed about it was so good. AND that I delayed my departure the next day so I can savor one more before I left town.

This seems to be a popular spot for locals, which is always a good sign. There is also outdoor seating, but beware the bees!


One Tip: $10 credit card minimum wasn't enforced the first day I was there, and the second day when I added a cookie, the total was $9.96 and they said, "sorry, $10 minimum." They let me round up the .04, but I shaved a buck off my tip because that was, well, annoying. (Note to Off the Rail and many other small businesses with credit card minimums: these used to be more relevant when card processors charged a flat rate plus a percentage--there are SO many options now that don't have a per transaction charge, and I think you'd be surprised how much good will you lose when so many people just don't carry cash any more. And when a customer has a total of $9.96 and you enforce a $10 minimum? I'd rethink that!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank RipplesGuy
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