123 Railroad Ave
Loveland, Ohio 45140
Tues: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wed-Sat: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
|Price Range:||Drinks: $1.50 – $2.50
Coffee: $1.50 – $4
Bakery: $1.50 – $3
Note: Menu Changes Daily
Loveland is a cute small-town with a bustling central downtown area and an increasingly interesting restaurant scene. Although I still prefer big cities, going to a little town is a nice break once in a while. Paxton’s and Zab (okay, not downtown but it’s close!) are favorites of mine in Loveland, but there’s a new restaurant with the potential to steal the spotlight.
Owned by Chefs Tami Whitfield and Joe Kirchmayer, Cafe 45140 is a welcome addition to the Loveland food scene with their emphasis on local ingredients and fresh, seasonal dishes. They feature home grown herbs and vegetables along with other locally-grown produce and farm raised meats and eggs, and are organic as much as possible. They even make their own cured/smoked meats. The menu offers vegetarian friendly options, although unfortunately for those with gluten sensitivities it may be hit-or-miss.
It may be a bit tricky to find Cafe 45140 at first as it is tucked back behind Loveland Avenue near Nisbet Park along the bike trail in the same yellow house Caffeine Dreams used to be in.
The interior of Cafe 45140 has been redone since the new owners moved in and is much better than it used to be – the organization makes sense and they even have room for tables now.
The exterior hasn’t changed much – aside from the eye-catching sign atop the porch roof and the brand-new wood-fire oven in the back of the patio area. The patio provides plenty of tables and seats, all shaded by a giant beautiful tree.
We had the opportunity to sample some of Cafe 45140’s dishes as part of a Yelp event. Upon our arrival we were greeted and offered a mint iced tea. We could see the mint leaves in the pitcher the server poured from and were eager to taste it. The tea was refreshing and crisp with just a touch of sweet. We wouldn’t savor it for too long though as our attention was immediately grabbed by the large wood fire oven and the aroma of fresh pizza.
We got to sample three pizzas, the Mac & Cheese, The Stewie and the Margherita. The Mac & Cheese is a simple pizza topped with garlic oil, homemade macaroni and cheese, and mozzarella. It was an interesting pizza, although we found ourselves to be neutral toward it. It was good but all the flavors blended so well that it seemed to be missing a contrasting flavor; a flavor that could take it from “good” to “great”. Perhaps a different, more unique cheese would have done it.
The Stewie was a basic tomato sauced pizza topped with beef, onions and peppers. A tasty take on the most common pizza ingredients, and one that I could eat over and over. The beef was deliciously spiced and the fresh peppers added a nice crunch to it.
Although the first two pizzas we tried were good, the third pizza was completely unexpected. The Margherita quickly became our favorite with its delicious chunks of mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil. Aromatic and elegant, each bite demanded to be savored and not eaten too quickly.
Finally we got around to trying the Ribotilla – a pulled pork dish with roasted vegetables and beans and topped with fresh herbs and salt. The salt added at the end added just the right amount of savoriness to the dish.
Our meal ended with our choice of dessert and a coffee. We had our choice between an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, triple berry scone, cupcakes, or cheesecake. We chose the triple berry scone and cheesecake. The cheesecake, topped with a strawberry sauce, was delightfully rich and silky. The scone had a good flavor, but was just a bit too dense which, combined with the dryness, became overwhelming quickly.
The menu changes week by week and also heavily relies upon how much of the ingredients they have. I’d like to see them update their website or maybe even their Facebook page with the menu each week, but as it is now it is just a basic landing page with a little about them and contact information.
We’re very grateful that Yelp and Cafe 45140 held the event and brought this great new restaurant to our attention. With a great concept and delicious food, it is a great place to have a relaxing meal. If you happen to find yourself in Loveland, especially if you’ve been riding on the bike trail, Cafe 45140 is a great stop for fresh, local cuisine.
Verdict: A Lunch Must-Try
Simple and delicious, Cafe 45140 uses local ingredients (some even home-grown) and has a casual, friendly atmosphere. Cafe 45140 is in a yellow house located in downtown Loveland right off the bike trail, however it is tucked back behind a few buildings from the main road.
The menu changes each week, so options and prices may change from what we have posted. The outdoor wood-fire oven makes delicious pizzas in just a few minutes – our favorites being the Margherita and The Stewie.