This isn't a place to take someone for a romantic date out. It is, as it says, a cafe -- and it does that cafe-type feel very well. It's an adorable little place, with seating downstairs -- sort of typical, average cafe-style, though the very high ceilings were nice -- as well as seating upstairs -- a staircase in the back leads up to a little loft-like area, arranged like someone's living room. The upstairs area, where we sat, was absolutely homey and adorable, with low, beautiful ceilings, a couch, several padded chairs, and dining tables, and which overlooked the rest of the cafe and market.
First of all, everyone who worked there was extremely friendly, made us feel welcome and at home, and made sure we got everything we needed. Secondly, though the smoothies took a little longer to come out, that isn't saying much, since everything, including the food, came out practically instantaneously. I literally ordered, went to wash up, and then went to sit back at our table, and the food was there.
It's a cafe, so it has cafe-type food, which I usually think of as simple and easy to veganize, and therefore not all that exciting. That said, Great Grains Cafe's food blew me away. Everything was absolutely fresh, the flavors for the sandwiches and wraps (especially the avocado sandwich and the mediterranean wrap) were delicious, the ingredients playing well together. Even the (homemade) bread was the best bread I've ever had. The entire, not-very-expensive meal was extremely filling, but in a way that felt healthy, rather than heavy. The baked goods we tried -- the apricot pastry, cinnamon roll, and date roll -- were, of course, also delicious. Both the pastry and the date roll's dough was extremely flaky and perfectly textured, and the apricot pastry was still warm.