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Acorn Cafe serves up popular meals

By: Raheem Hosseini Telegraph Correspondent
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A lull before the noontime lunch rush means Coriena Lennon has a few moments to talk. “But it can change at any moment,” the manager of Folsom’s Acorn Café and Coffee House politely warns on a summery Tuesday afternoon. Not surprising, considering the small eatery was voted best café and best place to grab a quick bite by Telegraph readers. The humble bistro, nestled inside Folsom Village Square’s quiet strip mall across from City Hall, has to earn its foot traffic. A popular draw for city employees and residents of the Park Folsom Senior Retirement Community behind the café on Wales Drive, the business is miles from the city’s historic downtown and an afterthought on retail chain-heavy East Bidwell. Debbie Chan, a foodie from Sacramento with her own blog, happened upon the restaurant almost by accident in April, and was pleasantly surprised by the hearty minestrone and a hot turkey apple cheddar Dutch crunch sandwich fresh out of the oven. “It was hot and delicious,” Chan raved in her five-star review on yelp.com. Other diners have been similarly kind, noting that the eatery is something of a hidden gem in Folsom and a nice quiet destination on the weekends. In April, food blogger Dave Burrell was wowed by the freshness of his pasta with Caribbean shrimp and has become a semi-regular with his wife. “Don’t be put off by the small quiet ambiance or the lack of crowds,” he said in his 4-star Yelp review, adding, “This is the type of restaurant that greatly represents what a small business owner can do when they have the talent.” Acorn reached its one-year anniversary this month under the current ownership, Lennon said. This summer, the turkey avocado club has proven a popular lunch order, while the “house-made lemonade is going really fast,” she added. The restaurant introduced its summer menu on July 14, and Lennon is hoping the returning tri-tip sandwich is a big hit. “I know that’s one of my favorites,” she said. Seventy people have signed up to be e-mailed the daily specials. The Acorn chef prepares them along with one or two soups each day. “He basically makes whatever he’s in the mood for,” Lennon joked. There are a couple of new seafood dishes on the seasonal menu, joining traditional fare and treats for the sweet-tooth crowd. From the dessert menu, diners can order a vanilla bean crème brulee that comes garnished with berries and mint or opt for a slice of cinnamon honey cheesecake, which consists of sweet cream cheese layered in a puff pastry crust and is baked with a topping of sliced almonds, cinnamon and honey. And it wouldn’t be a coffee house without a mix of caffeinated selections. Baristas use freshly ground beans from El Salvador for the café’s smooth house blend, and French Sumatra for a deep, rich French Roast. There are also an assortment of espresso-based coffee drinks and assortment of teas. The bistro is located on the corner of Wales Drive and Natoma Street in Folsom Village Square, across from City Hall.