Have you heard of this community focused cafe in Reservoir Hill? There are tables and yellow metal gates out front to help you find the spot. The gorgeous blue front with huge white windows draws you in. Dovecote – pronounced duhv-koht – is tucked into the row houses on Madison Street, close to Druid Hill Park Drive. There was plenty of parking when we stopped by. I wanted to chat with the folks, but this place was hopping on a weekday around noon. It’s also clear that the staff knows the locals by name.
We had a little bit of a line to order. That ended up being in our favor because the menu was a little hard to figure out. Based on more recent insta photos, they have changed it and it’s much easier to follow. There isn’t a full kitchen, so they have limited dishes at different times. Take a look at the menu – and place your order at the counter and grab a seat.
We started with some coffee – the Dovecote Way is to ask you your java tone; you pick the amount of milk/cream by picking the tone you want our java; Left is honey-pot and right is inkwell. Their coffees are from different roasters – Brewklyn Grind Coffee, Red Bay Coffee Roasters, and Café Los Sueños – representing the collaboration of those behind the cafe.
The baked goods were teasing me under large glass domes. We grabbed one of their muffins to start – a lemon ginger. The lovely ladies behind the counter offered to toast and fill with butter. yes. please. The moment it comes to the table, I can smell the of freshly warmed yeasty bread. The muffin was delightful – only a little crumbly with a spicy flavor.
Next we tried some of the sandwiches. I indulged on a “Grown Up Grilled Cheese”. Crispy buttered bread with four cheese. It’s melty inside has Swiss, provolone, Gouda and cream cheese. If taste could remove calories, I’d come back for this regularly.
The beet burger was incredibly filling. It had great flavor, but was a little dry, so it broke apart a little when you bit into it. Shredded beets, lentils, and beans pressed into a patty and topped with grilled onions. I can see why this flies off the menu.
It’s not a huge space, so the inside is a little tight when Dovecote is filled. It’s warm and friendly in this cafe. One wall with a gorgeous framed “Harlem Toile du Jouy” wallpaper art. There are couples dancing and girls doing double dutch with a focus mostly on Black Americans. It’s really quite fascinating; I got lost staring while they prepared our sandwiches.