The Crabapple Café




41701 Government Road


$19 - $23

Brackendale’s own, and beloved Crabapple Café is the locals’ breakfast and lunch spot at the north end of town, where a mix of cuisines come together.

Sitting in the footprint of a number of restaurant that’ve come and gone, this cozy establishment squeezes nine tables inside, and another 10 outside, in a covered, heated patio with a warming fire pit erect in the middle of the floor. The warm, homey decor and feel good music can really only be seen or heard on weekdays, because on weekends this place packs up. And I’m so happy it does.

It restaurants like these that both please your mother on Mother’s Day and keep small towns feeling awesome and quirky.

Brunch enthusiasts get their kicks, mountain bikers power up before a long day’s ride, it’s the kind of place that’s always cheerful and worth the wait (if you have to put your name on it). 

I recommend coming in after the lunch rush on a Wednesday. It’s easy going then, your food is quick. You could bring a book, your family, a friend for a catch up date, and focus on the food and your company as opposed to how much longer your table is going to take. 

Speaking of food, variety is the name of the game. Lunch mains include Thai Red Curry with fragrant lemongrass, red chilies, and lime finished coconut cream could pair nicely with an order of the Fish & Chips, for a crowd of diverse preferences. Or stay with a traditional breakfast with The Usual two eggs, hash browns and toast. 

Food is healthy, freshly prepared and sourced from local farmers.