Fresh food, prepared to order and made from scratch might sound like a pricey endeavor if you’re looking to eat out.
However, that’s just not the case at Cafe Dionne. Tucked away in a shopping center in Sharpsburg, the little restaurant has developed a loyal following since opening their doors.
For owner Dionne and her husband Chef Harold, the principle is simple – deliver phenomenal food, service and pricing in a straightforward way.
“It’s like Coweta County – down to Earth and unpretentious,” he said. “People come in for breakfast know my wife and myself, we joke around and have a good time. That’s what’s so appealing about Coweta. People like that ’neighbor-to-neighbor’ experience, but you also have to have quality.”
Cafe Dionne has carved out an identity for being a go-to spot for breakfast – a meal most commonly associated with home cooking – and the fare walks the walk.
“I have lived in Coweta County for 20 years and this is the best breakfast in the county hands down,” said Dan Davis, who dines at Cafe Dionne regularly with his family. “I was sold after the first bite.”
“Where can you get from-scratch cooking for under $10 dollars?” Harold asked. “This is a family restaurant and My family and children eat here, so it’s important that you can bring the kids and eat without breaking the bank.”
“Delivering amazing food at a good price is the primary mission, but it’s still a people-centric business” Harold says.
“There are two kinds of successful restaurants – name brand companies with millions behind them, or mom and pops like Cafe Dionne,” he said. “The small business guy like Cafe Dionne has to depend on the community spreading the word. The wonderful thing about the Coweta County residence is people are spreading the word especially on Yelp, Facebook and Tripadvisor.
Cafe Dionne currently maintains a 4.5 out of 5 rating on Yelp, so they must be doing something right.
A preview of the walk in cooler confirms Harold’s ethos. Filled with fresh produce, meats and cheeses, you’d be hard pressed to find anything canned.
Fresh squeezed lemonade and orange juice are always ready. While the cafe doesn’t serve soda, Harold says he doesn’t mind if someone sneaks one in.
During the week, it’s only $3.95 for a kids breakfast. On the weekends, the cafe offers a buffet for only $16.95, which included a drink. For ages 3 – 10, the buffet is only $6.95. Tuesday’s, senior eats for only $6.95.
However, Chef Harold is looking to extend the Cafe’s offerings by offering a dinner menu and live Jazz music on Friday evenings.
“We want more friendship and fellowship in evening,” he said. Coweta County residents should be able to get a 5 star meal and entertainment without traveling to Buckhead or Atlanta.”
House specialties include jumbo shrimp and grits, grilled pork chops, grilled chicken, lobster and basil prawns, grilled prawns with ravioli and a signature Collard Green Dip.
“The ravioli pasta and sauce is all from scratch,” he said. “And the pork chops are the real deal – sized the way pork chops should be.”
“Friday night’s are for people who love jazz but don’t want to travel to Atlanta to get that experience,” he said. “You get music and five-star food that will compete with any Buckhead restaurant.”
Cafe Dionne is closed on Mondays and open Tues-Sunday 6:30am-2pm with dinner service Thursday-Sunday from 5:30pm-9pm.