Eat and Run: Around the corner from an e-bike shop, a cafe worth a visit

The tagline “Hot Bikes & Fast Coffee” gave me a good first impression of 93 Main, the electric bike cafe that opened about five months ago in South Portland, and it hasn’t stopped growing. to improve.

I had a life-changing iced coffee and an utterly delicious breakfast sandwich, but I’ll tell you about that in a moment.

First of all, a few notes on these electric bikes. A few years ago when I first started seeing them I thought they were dumb. Now I think they’re super cool. On my recent trips to Manhattan, I felt like half the city was circling around them. I understand now. It’s a fun way to get to where you need to go and parking is a lot easier than a gas guzzling car.

It was a visual feast of electric bikes to buy or rent in the spacious 93 Main showroom. While my favorite local transportation is always my two feet away, I get the appeal and love that the owners have decided to put a cafe nearby. Because, why not, right?

Iced coffee and blueberry scone at 93 Main in South Portland. Photo by Aimsel Ponti

I had heard that iced coffee ($ 3) was a force to be reckoned with, and I quickly understood why. They fill the cup with coffee ice cubes first! Why have I spent my whole life without enjoying the sheer glow of it? The brew itself was bold and satisfying, and to borrow a famous coffee slogan, it was certainly good until the last drop. I was initially disheartened that the only cream options were rich half-and-half and oatmeal milk, which I normally wouldn’t have tried, but ended up liking.

Now about this sandwich. The cafe ran out of bagels, so much like oat milk, I ventured into new territory and surprised myself by choosing an Asiago. Much like Indiana Jones at the end of “The Last Crusade,” I chose wisely and loved the thing.

Egg, cheese and bacon sandwich on an electric bike at 93 Main. Photo by Aimsel Ponti

The rest of the sandwich ($ 6) was an egg, bacon, and a combination of cheddar and American cheese. While it was being set up, I walked around and looked at the $ 4,200 Harley Davidson electric bike. When my order was ready I chose to stay there and eat because there was a comfortable place to sit. The sandwich, paired with that iced coffee perfection, hit the mark as the cheese was sublimely melted and, frankly, I never encountered a slice of bacon that I didn’t like.

I also took home a Blueberry Scone ($ 4) for my wife Tracy, who enjoyed its buttery flavor and slight sheen and it had lots of blueberries and a hint of lemon in it.

Regardless of your mode of transportation, the 93 Main is worth a visit, but don’t blame me if you end up wasting a few thousand dollars on a pleasant new commute to accompany your breakfast.

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