The Vault Cafe on the Square

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Pumpkin Spice Hotcake at The Vault Cafe

If you are looking for a good place to eat breakfast, lunch or brunch in Marion, we highly recommend you visit The Vault Cafe on the Square.

Not only to you typically get seated quickly, your service will be outstanding and the food will hit the spot. Plus you get to eat in old bank, and maybe you will luck out and get the table INSIDE the actual bank vault. Seriously!

This restaurant is located inside a 100 year-old historic building in downtown Marion.  Grab a parking spot wherever you can find one on the square.  Once inside, the high ceilings and marble throughout (and yes the actual bank vault) remind you that you are dining in a historic location. Pick anything off of the menu though, and your surroundings will soon become secondary to what is on your plate.

The Vault Cafe Marion With a wide variety of breakfast and lunch items to chose from, along with available monthly specials, you will not go wrong with anything here.  Build your own omelet, or have the Hawaiian bread french toast for breakfast (among many other options) or they have soup, salads and sandwiches for lunch. They have also recently added a “Hot Plate Lunch” special, so be sure to check their Facebook page for updates.

Feeling price gouged just about everywhere these days? Not here! Everything on the menu is fairly priced, so you leave with a full belly without spending more than you would for a “value meal” at one of those drive-thru places.

The day that we visited the Vault Cafe was a chilly morning just before Thanksgiving.  There was a good brunch crowd already seated when we arrived, but we did not have to wait for one of the few available tables. We were immediately greeted by our server and she was quick with hot cups of coffee.  We both went for the monthly specials at the time, which for me was the Pumpkin Spice Hotcake.  My date ordered the “Good As Gold” Breakfast Sandwich (ham, bacon, egg, cheese served between Hawaiian Bread French Toast) served with hash browns or fried potatoes.

Both meals were brought out hot and fast. I had to recruit help to finish the plate-sized hotcake, and yes I did eat the candy corn garnish that had warmed and softened in a pool of melted butter. It was the perfect fall treat.  My date scarfed down his “Good as Gold” sandwich as if he hadn’t eaten in days (which he of course had, but it was just that good). We were even more pleased when we saw our check. What a great deal! Two bottomless cups of coffee with two great meals for less than a total of $15! You leave satisfied from a great meal, happy you didn’t spend much for it, and feeling good about supporting a locally-owned business! It’s a win-win-win!

The Vault Cafe is currently not open for dinner, so be sure to get there before their daily 2:00pm closing time.  Bypass the lines and generic menus in the franchise restaurants and support a local business!

Brunch at The Vault Cafe = Thumbs Up!

Brunch at The Vault Cafe = Thumbs Up!

The Vault Menu

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There is such a thing as too much pumpkin spice…and other Halloween revelations

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Now that the dust of Halloween 2013 has had a couple of weeks to settle, we’ve come to a few conclusions.

We are now:

  • pretty much sick of anything pumpkin spice flavored.
  • fed-up with tiny individually wrapped candy bars.
  • relieved “Carbondale Halloween” came and went with little to report.

After much press and debate about the 12 year Halloween bar closing on the Strip finally being lifted for Halloween 2013, nothing happened.

Well, that’s not entirely true. A few things happened.

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Parades, vultures and vibraphones

Dominating the events this weekend in Carbondale is of course, the SIU Homecoming. The annual homecoming parade starts at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Carbondale, and tailgating for the game starts at 11:00 a,m. on Saluki Row.

This year’s homecoming game promises to be a good one, as the Salukis, coming off of two much needed road wins, face the top ranked North Dakota State Jackrabbits. Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at Saluki Stadium.

Check out the SIU Homecoming page for a full listing of events.

Another beloved annual event happening this weekend is Makanda’s annual Vulturefest, which is celebrated the third weekend of October to mark the annual vulture migration. Vulturefest has grown in popularity over the years with two full days of live music on two stages along with over 50 artists, craft and food vendors. This is a great opportunity to check out Makanda’s local businesses and art galleries, while also enjoying the beautiful scenery the hills and bluffs have to offer this time of year.

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