Cafe Martin

Goobers and popcorn are not my idea of eating well.

So, you may understand why, despite threat of punishment, I often take my own nourishment to the movie theater. I’m just that kind of rebel.

But it appears the folks at the Roxy may have gotten the memo. The once-depressing coffee shop attached to the theater has recently transformed into an inviting crepe, panini and espresso cafe serving some downright delightful nibbles.

Crepes are made-to-order, featuring both sweet (Nutella, jam, baked apples) and savory (ham & cheese, veggies) fillings, brought to the table (or picked up counter side) steaming hot. With many under $3, they’re a steal for penny-pinching lunchers. The panini are also grilled up fresh, the best bet being the Tuscan–a richly filling sandwich packed with ricotta and mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and pesto for $5.95.

Café Martin also serves a mean espresso, with the staff well-versed in foam-art. And, with its fishbowl windows, the narrow café is as perfect a people-watching spot as you can get downtown. At least when it’s raining.

Not so hot: We’ll chalk up to opening jitters the black plastic plates, paper cups and side orders of cheap potato chips and pickles. Ick. Hopefully the owners will think twice, and invest in a little china and possibly some amusing sides–say, perhaps a nice pasta or nip of green salad? Brilliant.

But even as is, the café has plenty of pre-and-post theater allure. So, if you see my purse steaming a bit as I walk into Cinema 9–possibly oozing a little chocolate, and a bit of melted cheese–just wink and smile. It’ll be our little secret.

Café Martin, 85 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.522.0330. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

Subscribe to Our Newsletters!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read previous post:
Bovolo | Healdsburg

Bovolo is the grab-a-bite comfort food walk-up of Zazu's John Stewart and Duskie Estes featuring Black Pig Meats