They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And I am not one to skip it.
On a rainy Saturday morning, as part of my trip sponsored by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, I traded a traditional continental hotel breakfast for a food tour with Peachtree Food Tours to get a taste of Midtown Atlanta’s food scene.
I didn’t know what kind of restaurants or food to expect, but I was hungry. So when we stopped in front of Cafe Intermezzo and was told we’d be eating cake, I was thrilled!
Walking into the cafe, some said, was just like walking into a cafe in Europe. And they were right, as Cafe Intermezzo opened over 30 years ago after Mr. Brian Olson visited cafes in Germany and Austria and brought the concept to Atlanta.
I haven’t been to a cafe in Germany or Austria yet, but if it looks just like how Cafe Intermezzo does, then that’s one more reason why I need to visit those two countries!
While our table was being prepared, I took in the cafe’s warm interior design- wooden walls, antique looking lighting and lots of mirrors. And the main attraction? We were standing in front of two refrigerated cases filled with at least 45 different cakes!
I was mentally noting which cake I was going to pick when we were told the table was ready. We walked into a section towards the back of the cafe where there was the same warm interior feel but with many more mirrors! After taking a seat, checking how I looked in one of those mirrors (it was rainy outside), and if there was WiFi (which there is), I took a look at the menu.
Well, actually they call it the beverage book, because it really is more like a book than a one piece menu. There were over 50 choices of coffee, tea… as a food tour attendee, we were at the cafe to try their coffee. I’m not a coffee drinker but I was really into the giant dollop of whipped cream that our coffee was served with!
To choose a cake, we went back to the front where the refrigerated cases were. A knowledgeable server knew the name of every single cake. I was impressed. I mean, there were so many! But that also meant I had to make a very important decision. Which of the over 45 cakes would I choose?
In the back of my mind, since I’d already made a mental note previously, I knew I’d pick a carrot cake. Our knowledgeable server pointed to each cake while naming them. As he pointed to a carrot cake, I interjected and said that’s mine! It was one of his favorites he said, so I inwardly congratulated myself for making a wise choice.
Yes, I know it’s just cake. And while I’m not the type who craves sugar and desserts, it was way past breakfast time. I was just really hungry at that point.
But being hungry was something else worth congratulating myself for because portions were gigantic. Even though the cake was delicious (the perfect amount of spice in the cake and sweetness to the cream cheese frosting), I shared my piece of carrot cake with my food tour buddies/fellow bloggers.
During the time we were eating, our Peachtree Food Tours tour guide, John mentioned where to go if we needed to use the restroom. And, he noted, we’d get a chance to learn a few words in another language. Instead of the usual soft music in the background, language lessons played through the restroom’s speakers!
Thankfully John prepared us for it. Because as I excused myself to go ‘learn a new language’, I realized I probably would’ve freaked out hearing the people talking in the bathroom! I didn’t stay in there long enough to learn the entire Italian language, but it was a unique feature of the cafe!
As I hurried out to join the group to get to our next food destination, I thanked the knowledgeable server and took a last glimpse at the cafe’s interior. I’ll be remembering this cafe when I walk into a cafe in Europe, just like when Mr. Olson did. As he walked into a German and Austrian cafe, an idea was birthed and potential was seen, and 30 years later, I’d experience that idea turned reality at Cafe Intermezzo in Atlanta.
1065 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Note: I visited Cafe Intermezzo as part of my tour with Peachtree Food Tours provided by Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.