I feel an inexplicable connection to Edgar, a new neighbourhood café near Parc Moussette in Hull.
Maybe it’s because I have my own dream of opening a little hospitality-related place, something like a bed & breakfast. Since I discovered in late September that Marysol of she eats bears was opening a café, I watched with admiration and anticipation as she made one of her dreams come true. It takes courage to do that. And smarts. And perseverance. I wish her success. Based on the buzz around the café’s opening, the growing chorus of glowing reviews, the packed tables, and sold-out menu items, I have no doubt she will be successful!
Maybe it’s also because I’d like to create a connection to Marysol herself. I barely know her, but she seems like the kind of person I’d like to get to know better – Someone down-to-earth who shares a passion for good food. Luckily now I can go to Edgar, and if it’s not super busy, chat a little. She already gave me a baking tip the other day!
In any case, the strongest connection is the tangible one. It’s going into a chic little café, feeling the positive energy, and being greeted with a warm smile. Of course, there’s the delicious food – homemade with love.
I’ve tried several of Marysol’s creations, all fresh, flavourful and prepared with flair: cheddar and apple panini with caramelized onions (sweet and savoury harmony), Vietnamese sandwich (crisp and delicately spicy), breakfast wrap with egg, goat cheese, bacon, mushrooms and greens (fresh yet hearty), date and bacon brioche with orange glaze (sweet originality made better with bacon), Edgar bar (curiously nutty and delicious), and the apple-pecan muffin (wholesome caramel-y goodness). The coffee is good too! Edgar serves my ideal cappuccino: a “small” cup with perfect proportions of coffee, milk, and foam.
Why I ♥ Edgar
- Soups, sandwiches and sweets are made from scratch, with love and local ingredients (sometimes from her own backyard).
- Creative flavour combinations. There’s some serious tastiness coming out of the tiny kitchen.
- Menu changes every day based on what’s fresh, the season and the inspiration du jour. I love handwritten menu on chalkboards!
- Everything is served with a smile.
- The cash receipt reads “miam miam miam.” Oh, how true!
- Fresh frozen soups and meals to go.
- Simple, stylish and cozy interior.
- Marysol’s blog makes my mouth water – tasty recipes and beautiful pictures – and you can see how Edgar took shape.
- Edgar is just off the Voyageurs bike path in Gatineau, a short ride from Wellington West and Westboro!
Things to be aware of:
- Go early (especially if you’re looking to try the infamous brioche)! On busy days, Edgar will sell out.
- Be prepared to take your order to go. It’s not unusual to find all 11 seats taken.