The writing on the front window says SHFTY CHEV. I was initially puzzled. My friend, whose father likes hot rods, thought it was a reference to vintage American cars but it’s really a cheese cafe and bar called Shifty Chevre. It’s new on Brunswick St on the corner of Rose St (opposite Bimbo Deluxe). Cafe by day, bar by night (when the liquor license is approved).
I wanted it to be good because the balance of businesses on the northern end of Brunswick St has been precarious of late. For all the optimism of big investments like Naked for Satan / Naked on the Roof and, more recently, the big new Chocolateria San Churro, that kind of style has been relatively lacking north of Johnston St. In this context it’s good to see Cider House established and seemingly popular.
It was good. The coffee, my usual long macchiato ($3.50), was lovely. The basic croque monsieur (a very modest $6) was generous with the bechamel and nutmeg and was most pleasing. So a quality breakfast is possible for under $10 (that’s impressive considering that $4 is the coffee price at other new places like Major Major). There’s a vegetarian croque monsieur too and baguettes for lunch. A wide cabinet is full of cheese to purchase and take home.