I don't usually do this (maybe I should more often) but here's a rant on something that I have observed lately.
What is it with the food served in hipster cafes?
Do hipsters not have tastebuds?
Do hipsters not mind being ripped off?
Do hipsters only like sandwiches?
I'm really generalizing here, but I have been to too many of these third-wave indie coffee shops that also sell food that is simply substandard.
I understand that they need to supplement their coffee income with other items, to sop up the java and all, but to me, it's really simple. If you want to also sell food, make them good. Otherwise why bother?
The other problem is price. For a good cuppa sure, charge me a $4-6 for swirling that pretty heart on the foam and all. But charge me 9 bucks for a cold sandwich with a bit of limp lettuce and leathery meat to go along with it? Seriously? The worst part is, we don't have a choice.
I can't count the times when all there is on the menu are 5 types of sandwiches, a few cakes/tarts and maybe two salads if you are lucky.
I know F&B is really tough, but I really do wish that cafes can take better care of the F as well as the B so I don't feel so much angst, and get to have decent food with my latte. Spend less on your vintage or quirky furniture and get a decent supplier, or fresh ingredients, or a chef, and I will gladly repeat my visits for lunch AND coffee.
Is that too much to ask? No, because I have tried cafes with good food and coffee. And I am sick of hipster cafes selling overpriced substandard food that don't contribute to the food scene here.