Scottie MacBean's Cafe was a coffeehouse
, roaster, and restaurant
at 660 N. High Street in Worthington, Ohio
. The cafe was named after a frightened Scottish terrier
pup whom owner Robert Haas rescued from a pet store that had gone out of business and abandoned its animals. Founded in 1991 and located on a street of scenic shops and restaurants in the heart of Old Worthington, this cool little restaurant offered:
- a comfortable, pleasant interior decor with tables and couches and a selection of board games
- a varied and tasty menu of sandwiches, soups, quiches, salads, and pastries
- free high-speed Ethernet ports and conveniently-placed electrical sockets at a few tables for us geeks
- pleasant outdoor tables in the front and a fenced back patio
- a pet-friendly atmosphere that features amenities like complimentary bowls of water for patron's dogs during the summer months
- bag-your-own coffee and coffeemaking accessories for sale in the front of the shop
- live acoustic music on Friday and Saturday nights
- a variety of beers, wines, and liquors
- loads of yummy, fresh-roasted coffees and tasty teas, fruit juices and cocoas.
Furthermore, as my housemate stated so eloquently, "It's not %&*#ing Starbucks!" Scottie's was also one of the few quiet places in Worthington (or elsewhere in the Columbus area, really) that stayed open even remotely late (on Fridays and Saturdays, they closed at midnight). For this and the reasons above, it was my favorite coffee shop and favorite all-round meeting place in town. We used to hold our writers' group meetings there until the group grew too large for the restaurant. It was a great place for that first casual date, too.
The wait staff was friendly, and everything on the menu was good. Their quiches were particularly tasty, though, and that's what I tended to order. Their chai was very good, as was their house coffee blend. But their pastries were wonderful, particularly their brownies and cookies.
2012 Update: Sadly, the cafe has closed and is no more.