Heart of Michigan Has Won Mine

Heart Cafe front-morningI’m in love. Maybe it’s better to say I’ve given someone my heart. Well, maybe it’s more accurate to say I’ve given a place and a thing my heart. The place is Heart of Michigan Café in Clare. The thing is their “Taste of Michigan flatbread pizza.

2016_Feberuary_Clare_Heart Cafe pizzaThe pizza consists of bacon, tomato, mozzarella, basil, spinach, almonds, onion, cranberries, pesto, chipotle sauce. Now I could argue that some of those items are not Michigan related, but it’s been not to argue when one is in love.  Just accept it.  It’s better for the relationship, although this relationship generally doesn’t last very long. Usually, just a few minutes.  I suppose I could make things last longer if I ordered an entire flatbread pizza instead of just a half, but that’s all my pocketbook can afford.  Plus, even a half is big enough for a growing boy like me.

Sometimes, I do play the field and order something else, like their wraps. They are good too.  While I understand that not all their food—especially their breakfasts– is made from scratch, I still enjoy it.  (That includes their oatmeal.  Although instant, it does come with cranberries, raisins, brown sugar and milk.)  Desserts, however, are fresh and made from scratch.  I understand their biscuits and strawberry shortcakes are excellent and need to try them sometime.  I am also not qualified to speak about their drinks, though.  While they offer a wide range of lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, frappes and teas, I am just a regular coffee kind of guy who doesn’t know a latte from a cappuccino and at this point in my life doesn’t really want to.

2016_January_Clare_Heart Cafe inside3

Heart is owned by Morgan Humphrey (in red in photo above), an active and attentive woman who always wears a smile.  Despite being only in her late teens, she seems to have a heart for “Heart” and a focus on taking care of her customers.  The business also seems to be a family affair. Morgan’s mother and grandmother are among those who wait tables and keeping things picked up, while her father appears to be Heart’s troubleshooter, light bulb changer and business fixer-upper.

2016_January_Clare_Heart Cafe inside1So in the short time it’s been open, Heart has won my heart. I’d like to say that’s a difficult thing to do, but it isn’t. I fall in love at the drop of a hat. I’d also like to say that I am fiercely loyal and never cheat, but I do stray. Fortunately, Heart doesn’t demand I be monogamous; just that I come around once in a while, show her a little attention and throw around a little cash. And with flatbread pizzas and more, I plan to do that and maybe more. It’s a relationship that has serious potential.

Heart is open at 505 McEwan, just down from the very popular Cops and Doughnuts.  They often offer live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Heart hours are:
Tuesday: Wednesday, 7 a.m. 3 p.m.
Thursday: Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Closed Monday

P.S. There is a nice cozy table set inside an old elevator shaft.  If you are looking for privacy or setting that is a little different, give it a try.

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