Friends Cappuccino Bar and Bake shop has been part of the Edgemont landscape since 1996. Since opening the doors that day in April, twenty four years ago, we have enjoyed the support of a great community.
What started out as an idea for a local gathering place for moms to enjoy great coffee and baked goods while the kids were in school, has grown to see a busy cafe serving fresh baking, panini and deli sandwiches, catering services and perhaps best known for our fresh made soups.
In the early years when we were trying to figure out our niche, a friend said "keep it simple, do what you do best and do it well". After years of making homemade soup for friends and family it made sense to offer this to our customers. Something so basic as a hearty bowl of perfectly seasoned homemade soup can soothe the soul no matter what the season.
Favourites range from the humble Hearty Chicken Vegetable, Oven Roasted Tomato and Garlic, Three Sisters Corn Chowder, Split Pea with Ham, Cream of Potato with Garlic and Dill, Butternut Squash and Apple, Vegetable Beef and Barley, Red Lentil or Cream of Mushroom to the more adventurous Curried Pumpkin and Coconut, Mulligatawny, Black Bean, Curried Butternut Squash, White Bean and Sausage, and Curried Lentil. Every Friday we run out of our New England Clam Chowder so come early!
Grilled panini sandwiches are crafted to order using the freshest ingredients. Over the years they have been named by staff and customers. 'The One With The Strawberries' features warm Brie, turkey, lettuce, tomatoes and strawberries. 'The First One', aptly named after years of customers looking at the top of the menu board and saying " I'll have the first one" is a great combination of mozza, turkey, tomatoes and onions. The athletes favorite, 'The Ironman', sports artichokes, olives, roasted peppers and Black Forest ham with a pesto mayo. Our Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas are also customer favourites and for some reason, a dreary cold day seems to bring out all the Tuna Melt lovers! For the vegetarian we offer the 'Aubergine and Green' featuring grilled eggplant and zucchini or the "Popeye" stuffed with spinach, roasted peppers, tomatoes and warm Brie.
For breakfast we offer two grilled breakfast sandwiches, one with Black Forest ham, one with avacado.
Our sweets are baked on site, from scratch. Desserts include the Carmelita's, Date Squares, Galaxy Bars, the Cranberry, Oat and Almond and the one everybody's Grandma used to make, the Confetti Square. Our Turtle Brownies are really chocolaty and fudgy and our Carrot Cake is loaded with creamy, cream cheese icing. There are Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter or Gingersnap cookies to choose from as well as treats inspired by the seasons.
Seven years ago Friends underwent major renovations. Matt and Mark from Studio North, closed the doors for two weeks and designed and built a space that
breathed new life and energy into the cafe.
The years have been kind to us at Friends. It has always been a team effort. We are grateful to the customers and staff we have met along the way.
We look forward to many more years of making you feel welcome when you arrive and feeling satisfied when you leave.