The cool days are finally setting in here in Michigan. For us, that means we get to provide our customers with all sorts of fresh, local produce and delicious comfort foods. Whether you’re stopping by for lunch, grabbing one of our signature seasonal drinks, or looking for something to satisfy a sweet tooth, we’ve got it all this fall season and it’s all handmade!
We promise that you can still look forward to many of your favorites this fall. The Spinach and Feta Turnover has returned along with the Chicken Pesto Melt, Classic Grilled Cheese, and your favorite breakfast burritos. We’re excited to bring back the popular Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Turnover, flaky pastry crust stuffed with sweet potato, pumpkin, swiss cheese, and plenty of garlic and spices. And for true cozy comfort, try the Autumn Squash Empanada: oven roasted chicken, squash, onion, provolone cheese, and plenty of herbs and spices stuffed inside our house-made bierock dough.
Butternut Squash & Cranberry Salad, Smoky Kale Salad, Kung Pao Tofu & Vegetables
For lighter options, we always have Water Street favorite Chicken Pecan Salad and we’re happy to continue our vegan hit Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad. Other delicious vegan options this fall include the Butternut Squash and Cranberry Salad, as well as the zesty Kung Pao Tofu and Vegetable entree. And due to popular demand, we have brought back the delectable Smoky Kale Salad, overflowing with fresh kale, lima beans, gouda cheese, kalamata olives, and sundried tomatoes, all tossed in our house-made smoky vinaigrette.
Breakfast lovers will love our new vegan Fiesta Tofu and Potato Burrito, served hot out of the oven and filled with seasoned tofu, crispy red potatoes, onions, carrots, spices, and a touch of hot sauce. Other new breakfast favorites include the Chorizo and Pepper Jack Spanish Toritlla, as well as the cheesy Denver Omelette Strata. For a full look at our breakfast and savory menu, click here.
Margarita Salted Lime Cupcake
No coffee or meal is quite complete unless you have that perfect sweet treat to round everything out. As usual, our expert pastry chefs and bakers have been hard at work. Get your pumpkin fix with a slice of Pumpkin Cheesecake, or try the tasty Pumpkin Tartlet, available through Thanksgiving. Not a pumpkin fan? Try the brand new Margarita Salted Lime Cupcake, vanilla and lime zest combined into a delicious cupcake batter, baked to perfection and topped with vanilla frosting and a light sprinkle of sea salt. It’s a new kind of happy hour!
Toffee Pecan Tea Cake
We’re also excited to introduce the Toffee Pecan Tea Cake, a perfect choice to pair with a hot pot of tea on a blustery day. And no fall season would be complete without a pumpkin donut, new this year and baked fresh every morning!
Now let’s be honest. Nothing quite says fall at Water Street like hot cider, maple pecan lattes, and pumpkin spice, right? What we think is even better is making all of these favorites with local and handmade products.
Whether you like your cider hot, cold, caramel, or spiced with chai tea, at Water Street it’s always fresh from Schultz Fruitridge Farms in Mattawan, MI. We look forward every year to getting their amazing cider back on our shelves. The maple syrup in our signature Maple Pecan Latte also comes straight from local Jack and Jill’s Maple Hill Farm in Paw Paw. They are part of the Michigan Maple Syrup Association and tap the maple trees the old fashioned way – no vacuums or tubing in sight!
And last but not least, tastier than ever is our Housemade Pumpkin Spice syrup. Cooked up by our own Anne Mills in the Water Street Kitchen, it is good in everything! Latte, steamer, coffee, or chai, you really can’t go wrong!
If you’ve been in our cafes lately you might have noticed that it isn’t only our fall drinks that we are serving up local! At each shop we provide a weekly updated chalkboard that tells you where in Michigan our local products came from that week. While we do not source every product we use locally, we believe that doing so as much as possible is not only good for our customer but great for our community. Eating and buying from local farms supports local economy and job growth by keeping our hard earned dollars closer to home and also provides healthier, fresher foods due to less travel and processing time. Check out what farm and producers you are supporting by eating local at Water Street and ask a barista to tell you what ingredients came from each farm the next time you stop in!