Last day for Clockworks Cafe, December 21, 2012
I have come to have a routine. I am allowed to work from home on Thursdays and Fridays each week, and in the afternoons of those days, I typically go to Clockworks Cafe and Cultural Center to have lunch and work. The cafe just opened this past spring where Blue Pepper used to be (241 Commercial St NE), and it is intended to serve a myriad of purposes. It is a place to eat, listen to live music, take classes, or just meet and hang out.
I love working there, because there are a large number of tables, and an equally abundant supply of electrical outlets, so it's easy for me to find a place to plug in my laptop. In addition to the tables and chairs, there are a number of sofas and easy chairs. The music playing over speakers during the day can best be described as eclectic. I've heard everything from contemporary Christian music to Pink Floyd to dance music. Overall, I find it surprisingly easy to work there.
In addition to working, I usually plan to eat my lunch there. They offer a number of sandwiches, both hot and cold, and the sandwich includes a handful of potato chips and fresh fruit. They also have soups and some lighter plates of fruit and cottage cheese or hummus and pita. I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the fresh fruit, which has included blueberries in the past. I also love that they use Dave's Killer Bread on the sandwiches. Pictured in the first photo above is my typical selection, the tuna melter and iced tea. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of food, in my opinion, with sandwiches ranging from $5.95 to $6.95. They offer a full line of espresso drinks as well, although the prices for those tend to be a little higher than you might see elsewhere.
I almost always want a little snack later in the afternoon, and to feed that sweet tooth, they have a large selection of goodies that I'm told come from Marcy's in Portland. Above is a lemon bar which I particularly like. They also have a selection of items you can buy by the scoop, including dark chocolate covered acai berries. I have gotten these before, and they provide a very generous scoop for only 75 cents.
Overall, I would recommend to anyone that they try out Clockworks Cafe for lunch or a light dinner. It's a very relaxed atmosphere and the food provides a relatively healthy and tasty alternative.