Café 1505 Shows Mequon’s Creative Side
Lunch, specials shine in pleasant dining locale
The breakfast menu is standard, with omelets, bagels, waffles and a daily quiche special. All items cost less than $10.
The lunch menu is where the kitchen shows its more creative side. Salads and sandwiches dominate, though there are a few entrees as well. Appetizers are curiously absent, but the two soups featured every day are always very good.
In addition to the daily quiche, diners will find a few other specials. An example is a salad of quinoa ($8.95), a grain-like seed that is gluten-free. This salad takes a Mediterranean approach by combining the quinoa with finely chopped cilantro and parsley, crumbled feta cheese, red onions and garbanzo beans. The mild dressing consists of lemon with Dijon mustard. The texture of the quinoa recalls the cracked wheat of tabouli in this pleasant salad.
A new permanent addition to the menu is the Key West shrimp salad ($14.95), two small skewers of grilled shrimp over mixed salad greens drizzled with balsamic vinegar and raspberry vinaigrette. Along with a topping of alfalfa sprouts, the plate comes with toasted macadamia nuts and fresh fruit—strawberries, blackberries, pineapple and raspberries. There is a perfect amount of dressing, resulting in an interesting interplay between the fresh fruit and the balsamic and raspberry vinaigrette.
The pasta entrée of penne a la arrabiata ($9.95) is a vegetarian choice with optional grilled chicken ($2). The sauce is simple, mildly spiced tomato with a hint of garlic and fresh basil. Grated Parmesan tops the pasta, which is accompanied by a dinner roll with the crust of a really good baguette. This is an enjoyable pasta dish properly cooked al dente.
Specials occasionally include south-of-the-border options, and one Mexican entrée now appears on the regular menu. Pollo rojo tostadas ($10.95) arrives with so much shredded lettuce that the plate looks like it holds a salad. But underneath is a pair of corn tortillas topped with a layer of vegetarian refried beans and chicken seasoned with guajillo chiles that provide a gentle spicy kick. There’s also some queso fresco, spicier Serrano chile, tomato, sour cream and decent salsa verde—surprisingly good Mexican fare.
For meatier food, try the Café 1505 burger ($8.95). The basic burger is a half-pound Angus patty with lettuce, tomato and red onion slices on the side. Cheese, bacon and mushrooms are available at an additional charge. The burger is good enough, but the beef is too lean to provide optimal flavor. It’s a rare disappointment on this menu.
A small, basic selection of beer and wine is available, but coffee and tea seem more popular. The service always pleases—a coffee cup or water glass will never go empty. Lunch is not served after 3 p.m., but an adjacent deli stays open until 6 p.m. Here you will find all of the salads and desserts available as carryout. It is a shame that the place closes so early: It would be interesting to see a Café 1505 dinner menu. n
1505 W. Mequon Road
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