If you want the best seat in the house to overlook downtown Mount Dora, check out One Flight Up Cafe. With the balcony literally one flight up from the downtown shops and overlooking Donnelly St., it’s a great place to grab a cup of coffee or a light meal and enjoy the sights and sounds of Mount Dora.
Current general manager and owner-in-progress, Robbie Locke, is all about supporting other local businesses just as people have been supporting the café to keep it going through the rough times of the pandemic. Local artwork lines the walls of the cafe’s four dining areas, the coffee is locally sourced by OMG Coffee and he uses oils from the Mount Dora Olive Oil Company.
“It’s important to support local because that’s how we make our bread and butter,” Locke said. “Most people hear about us by word of mouth and that’s what it’s all about in a small town. We take care of each other.”
With the change of hands from previous owners Roger Sheffield and Judy Ransanici, Locke hopes to incorporate more community involvement. He has already brought back live music on Friday and Saturdays along with a new Trivia Tuesday.
As for the menu, the café offers breakfast, lunch and their famous desserts all day.
Specialties of the house include a brie plate with Granny Smith apple wedges, fruit, nuts and assorted crackers, a cheese plate with crackers, olives, fruits and nuts with optional smoked sausage or their popular black bean and queso dip with tortilla chips. They also offer a smoked fish dip with gourmet crackers, spinach dip, edamame, cheesy onion dip, hummus and black bean wrap and a hummus plate. These range from $8 to $15.50.
Breakfast offers an egg sandwich, quiche, Greek yogurt with granola, bagel, muffins, fruit smoothie, homemade bread pudding and a homemade cinnamon roll with caramel frosting ranging from $3 to $8.
According to Locke, their most popular sandwich is their harvest chicken salad with tender chicken breast tossed with craisins, celery and onions. It is also served as a salad over mixed greens.
Other sandwich choices include albacore tuna salad, roast turkey breast and Swiss and honey ham and Swiss. Sandwiches are $9.50 and served with pickles, olives and chips.
Salads include the salmon Caesar, grilled chicken Caesar, blue cheese and walnut crumble, chef salad, albacore tuna salad, tangy summer salad and capers salad, also for $9.50.
They serve a variety of specialty soups of the day with three daily soups including tomato basil bisque, lobster bisque and black bean soup.
As the sun goes down, the desserts become the highlight of the night.
“It seems like after 5 people like to come in for coffee and dessert,” Locke said. “We have some of the best homemade cakes and desserts around.”
These include a chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake, coconut cake, lemon cake, blueberry cheesecake crumble, warm apple pie a la mode, brownie sundae and homemade bread pudding. If you’re lucky, Locke’s mom will make her homemade rum cake as an extra-special dessert.
The cafe also offers a variety of wine, beer, tea, juice, soda and specialty frozen drinks like frozen lemonade, fruit smoothies, frozen chai latte and Frappuccino along with their full espresso bar.
One Flight Up Cafe, 440 N Donnelly St. in Mount Dora, is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/OneFlightUp.