When you pull off Avon's busy Route 44 into the Stonepost Bakery and Cafe's parking lot, you're greeted by the patio of brightly colored chairs (green, blue and yellow) setting the tone for a cheery, cozy dining experience.
Stonepost is a walk-up-and-order kind of place that features a large breakfast menu, coffee drinks, and sandwiches, salads and baked goods for lunch. Though we were distracted by the dessert case right away, we successfully avoided it (for the time being) and checked out the menu.
The lunch menu features sandwiches, paninis and salads, all priced at $8.95, as well as a children's menu. I ordered the Smoked Turkey sandwich with hickory smoked turkey, bacon guacamole and fresh sprouts on country white bread. My coworker went the panini route — oven-roasted chicken breast glazed with sugarcane and zesty mango glaze, pickled red onions, arugula, bacon and corn relish on honey flaxseed bread.
Jonesing for a coffee, I was already signed on for an iced latte, but then overheard a friendly employee telling the people ahead of us about the homemade seltzer that was served plain or with fruit flavoring. We just had to give it a try. A 20 ounce-flavored iced latte is $5.75, a plain seltzer is 99 cents, and with flavor jumps up to $2.50. Seltzer flavors were grapefruit orange — which I chose — wild berry and raspberry lime.
Other lunch options include roast beef and tuna sandwiches, corn falafel and tomato mozzarella paninis and creative salads including sugarcane marinated butternut squash. All sandwiches and paninis are served with homemade chips and on housemade breads.
After we ordered we sat down in the indoor dining room (no one was taking advantage of the patio on the hot 84-degree day). We had our pick of large, rustic wooden tables, and while we waited for our food we admired the décor: the white, pressed-tin ceiling, vintage chandeliers and black-and-white framed photos on yellow walls.
Our drinks were ready first. The flavored seltzer, a cool two-toned yellow, was incredibly refreshing, full of flavor and not overly sweet.
Our sandwiches were brought to our table in about 10 minutes, the panini still steaming from the press. The bread on the turkey sandwich was fresh with a nice outer crunch. There was a healthy portion of turkey and there wasn't one ingredient that over powered another. The same was said for the chicken panini, with high praise for the thick-sliced chicken medallions.
Once we got over how cool the house-made chips looked coming in all shapes and sizes, we gave them a try and they weren't greasy or salty like packages chips and added a nice crunch to the meal.
Not quite full, or convincing ourselves we weren't full, it was on to dessert. We split the peanut butter s'mores tart for $4.99. The tart is a chocolate graham cracker crust and chocolate ganache, but the homemade marshmallow on top stole the show.
By the time we were done with our meal around 12:30 p.m., Stonepost was bustling with a diverse crowd lunching or just popping in for an afternoon pick me up. It seems Stonepost is quickly becoming an Avon hotspot.
Stonepost Bakery and Cafe, 300 W. Main St., Avon, is open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 860-255-7402 and stonepostbakery.com.