Sacred Grounds Coffee Co & Eatery is located at 4533 Old Canoe Creek Rd. in St. Cloud, just a short drive off of highway 192. A sign on the door lets people know that it is an Official Packers Establishment. Not to worry though, their customer service was friendly without ever asking what their guests’ favorite teams were. A warm welcome greets customers at the door, and while the cashier was rolling silverware at a back table she snapped to attention behind the counter for each guest that entered. The $1.89 12oz coffee was served piping hot and tasted fresh despite being the middle of the afternoon.
The Décor was simple, warm rustic colors for the walls and floors with bench style tables against the length of the building, with small wooden tables in the center, and a few cozy chairs in the corner. There was a large decorative rack, boasting stuff to keep you busy, including board games, magazines and books. The location also has wi-fi available. A 12oz espresso drink like a cappuccino or a latte costs $2.69 which is slightly cheaper than the chain coffee joints.
While similar in many regards to your average strip mall Café, Sacred Grounds does a couple of things to set them apart. First, the service is warm, friendly and super attentive. A cup of coffee wasn’t half empty before a refill was offered by a member of the staff. When a guest stood up to set their dishes up it was as if by magic the cashier was at their side to take them away. When customers left, the woman behind the counter thanked them for coming, and said it like she meant it.
The other special aspect of a visit to Sacred Grounds was the food. While coffee shop fare often consists of a frozen cheese and something stuffed croissant microwaved to order, it’s not the case here. The turkey bacon cheddar melt served on sourdough bread ($7.99 w/ chips a pickle and a side) was toasted to perfection with the bread being buttery and crunchy without being greasy. The warm melty Wisconsin cheddar cheese was delicious and a great contrast in texture to the crispy bread. The real standouts here though were the sides. The Petite house salad which consists of broccoli golden raisins and bacon was sweet and savory and tasted fresh, and the potato salad is so good, it’s worth the visit alone. Made with sour cream instead of mayonnaise it is rich and satisfying with out being heavy. While it may seem strange to recommend a coffee shop based on their potato salad, it’s just that good.
Whether you’re looking for a nice quiet place to grab a coffee and read, or an affordable home town place to bring a friend to lunch, Sacred Grounds Coffee Co & Eatery is the perfect place for both. Just keep it to yourself if you’re a Bears fan.