Cabin Coffee just opened in La Crosse about three weeks ago. It's technically a chain, but since it's a regional chain with only six locations in the tristate, I figured it still counts as local. One thing I really love about La Crosse is that we still have an abundance of locally owned coffee houses. We have a Caribou and a Starbucks, plus the Barnes and Noble cafe, but otherwise, it's all local.
What we noticed immediately is that this company is not striving to be your average arty hipster coffee shop. It's decor is straight up Old West Kitsch. It was unexpected and charming.
I have to say I did have to give a bit of a side eye to the sign that spelled "y'all" as "ya'll" and the one that spelled "you're" as "your," but even as big a pedant as me can let that slide when presented with this:
So this chicken salad sandwich was not quite as spectacular as the one at International Bake Shoppe, but it came close. I liked that it uses smoked chicken, which gives a little extra flavor, but it was a little heavy on the mayo for me. Maya also had chicken salad, and gave it a thumbs up. Neither of us had coffee, which, I know, how do we review a coffee house and not get coffee? Their website does say that the vision is for the stores to cater to coffee lovers and non coffee lovers alike. I was dying for an iced tea, and despite their not having true sweet tea, I was able to add peach syrup. Maya had an Italian cream soda, another favorite of ours. Next time, I will try the coffee.
We shared this piece of lemon-blueberry coffee cake for dessert. Light, fluffy, buttery. Perfect.
Just a little side note, it'd be nice if they used real dishes for sit down orders.
The staff was very friendly and the service was fast. Really, what's not to like about a place whose motto is "Just be happy and have fun."