Brian and Kate Hanley purchased the Mocha Moose Coffee Cafe from owners Penny and Micki Agar in April. I don’t know what it was like before, but during a recent visit, the space was cozy, modern and cute.
Past the entry space near the coffee bar, there’s a second seating area with tables, a couch, a piano and an accent wall papered in birch trees along with games and books like “Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year.”
The walls and tables of the Larsmont space are fashioned with regionally made pictures of Lake Superior, nature scenes, jewelry, gel candles among other artisanal pieces.
It was a rich and bustling scene on a recent Tuesday.
A local bridge club gathered tables for chatting, charcuterie boards and wraps before divvying up to get to it. A pair of musicians rehearsed Django Reinhardt-sounding tunes, a lovely and warm addition to the café experience. And, before all that a newly wedded couple stopped by for brekkie. The owner gifted them a café mug and invited them to return for their 10- and 20-year anniversaries.
On the menu, there’s a Born This Way lavender latte topped with sprinkles and pride; and a mystery drink called Trust Us. The latter changes monthly, and if you don’t like it, they’ll make you something else.
My coffee buddy ordered it, and after a sip, my money’s on caramel macchiato. We nibbled on a freshly baked triple berry muffin and for lunch:
Mocha Moose’s choices run the gamut of a breadless turkey sandwich, a smoked salmon bagel to a PB&J on golden white. I opted for the Scenic Drive on Wild Rice.
It came out with thin layers of deli turkey, provolone, organic greens and thin layers of cream cheese and raspberry chipotle sauce on lightly toasted wild rice bread.
The spreads on this sammy were a decadent, not-too-sweet combo, and the raspberry chipotle had the slightest hint of smoky spice.
You have your choice of potato chips, tortilla chips or veggies and fruit. I opted for the latter, which came with a crisp mini bundle of purple grapes and firm blueberries.
It’s a solid turkey sandwich, vaguely adjacent to Thanksgiving dinner, with a twist of dessert.
Fresh, balanced and not-too-sweet, the Scenic Drive is a quality lunch for $10.
Mocha Moose Coffee Café
543 Scenic Dr., Two Harbors