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What's new

On the May Gourmet-to-go Menu: Asian Grilled Beef Kabobs are perfect for an outdoor picnic, or a quick pickup dinner to-go. Looking for something vegetarian? Beet and Cauliflower Croquettes, with herbed chevre pair perfectly with the Superfood Salad, full of healthful ingredients like goji berries and golden baby beets and a fun blueberry - acai vinaigrette.

May birthdays? It's going to be a tough choice between a Strawberries & Cream Cake, with fresh strawberry and cream filling and the ever popular Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake, with a lightly salted caramel filling, perfect for the chocolate lovers in your life.

When picking up dinner, or enjoying a meal on our patio, you'll want to unwind and take advantage of our new weekday Happy Hour Specials, with specials on all wine & beer enjoyed here in the café, Monday through Friday, from 4 to close. Happy Spring!

Since 1986, Charlottesville's best gourmet prepared foods, café & bakery

We feature extraordinary food, reasonable prices, the best locally-roasted specialty coffees & exceptional loose leaf teas – all available for eat-in or take-out.

Everything is made from scratch daily, with many vegetarian and gluten-free options. Choose from our:  ● chef-prepared foods    breakfast, lunch & dinner   muffins, scones, cookies, croissants ...    cakes, slices, and desserts-for-one

We regularly deliver customized gifts of our foods and other specialty items to UVA students, hospital visitors, and anyone else in Central Virginia. Call us for details.

Always casual & comfortable

Whether for a full meal ... or a few creative sides ... or a simple latte and dessert, our café is always informal and welcoming. And, our covered outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and a glass of wine.

Catering – with exceptional food and caring service

Our professional catering staff makes it easy to have a spectacular wedding or any kind of business or private party in Central Virginia.

We are accredited at many of the best local venues, including UVA sites and gorgeous wineries in the Virginia countryside.

We make it easy to have a sensational event that you will treasure forever.



We all have the right to enjoy delicious, quality food at reasonable prices

That's our guiding principal at HotCakes

Lisa McEwan, owner





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