the Root Note: La Crosse, WI

31 Oct
by Deanne

the Root Note:  La Crosse, WI

Photo of Fall TravelAs the sun settled behind the bluffs and foliage of the Mississippi river on our way to Fermentation Fest, we savored the scenery.  Being connected with nature, our bellies craved wholesome organic food. A Google search led us to a coffeehouse in downtown La Crosse.

Review: (Real Local Cooking’s criteria)
Localness: 3

 Here is a blurb from their website that drew us in and explains their approach to localness:

the Root Note is an organic cafe that follows the rhythms of the harvest to create delicious crêpes (sweet and savory), salads, and soup.  We serve handcrafted coffees from Kickapoo Coffee, a fair trade artisan roastery in Viroqua, WI.  We also have a carefully chosen selection of craft beer, wine and cider.

Flavour: 3

We each ordered salads that were fresh with a simple vinaigrette dressing.  We were able to pick three veggies to add to the lettuce and because we didn’t select cheese, we had blue corn chips on the side.  They make crepes with various toppings which looked interesting and might have provided a better sampling in terms of flavour.  Even though we could have made salads like this kind of flavour at home, we were not at home, and it is difficult to get fresh food on the road, so we appreciated our simple salads. Photo of the Root Note MenuWe were filled up without being weighed down by over processed food so often found when traveling.

Pleasant Surprise: Yes

The multitasking barista, who was taking our order and making coffee at the same time, suggested a Ginger Brew from a local company in a Viroqua, Wisconsin.  The company is called Wisco Pop and the drink was a refreshing Ginger Ale that had a crisp bite and no preservatives.  We were delighted to be introduced to a small food/beverage company.Logo for wiscopop

Comfort+Coziness = The C factor: 4

The service was chill (as our twenty something kids might say).  In fact that was the overall vibe of the place.  We loved settling in among the locals who were half our age.  There were no bad attitudes radiating from this place.  The decor was as laid back as it’s customers and staff.  Gotta love coffeehouses  for their slightly gritty sense of comfort.  It’s real – where dishes pile up and newspapers are left hanging around.  No wonder people grab a latte and park themselves for half a day. 

Photo of the Root Note

Overall Rating: 10+

Visiting the Root Note on our way to Reedsburg, added a sense of adventure to our quick overnight get away.

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