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What are you looking for in a favorite corner bar? I’m looking for good food, reliable, pleasant service and a comfortable atmosphere. The Cave Creek Coffee Company and Wine Bar (map) opened in 1998 as an intimate, yet bustling coffee house catering to an eclectic crowd from cowboys to tourists and hipsters.
Open every morning at 6:30 a.m. I recommend you start off your day with a Big Ass Burrito — eggs, green onion, potatoes, cheese, salsa, and a meat of your choice in a tortilla. Either sit inside in one of their many rooms on their overstuffed, comfy furniture or sit outside on their front porch and watch the world go by at one of my favorite hangouts. Either way, their coffee is great and brewed locally in Cave Creek. If you need to keep up with your email, free WiFi is available.
For lunch or dinner try the T-Rex, a handcrafted pizza with salami, pancetta, pepperoni, mozzarella, tomato garlic sauce, provolone and fresh rosemary. For a great, filling sandwich try the Tornado with turkey breast with cream cheese and a cranberry walnut sauce served on grilled white foccacia bread. And the reason why I try to go as often as possible, their bruschetta is an artisan baguette brushed with olive oil and topped with your choice of tomato basil, basil and parmesan cheese, smoked salmon, pistachio and cranberry or ahi tuna with pesto, balsamic reduction.
Once the clock strikes five, the Cave Creek Coffee Company & Wine Bar known as C4 lets down its hair and pours a great selection of wine and allows you to belly up to the bar for a micro brew.
Modeling themselves after Austin City Limits with national musical talent appearing at their outdoor stage called “The Camp” or performing indoors almost nightly, C4 is a great spot for live music. If you’re an aspiring singer, stop by every Thursday from 7-10pm for Open Mic night. If you’re serious about performing, get there earlier around 6:30pm to make the performance list.
Every Wednesday night is reserved for the Sassy Sisterhood where all the ladies get together to have a beverage, a snack, shop and win raffle prizes. I’ve even seen a pink school bus parked out front with all types of clothing and accessories for sale; perfect for the committed shopaholic.
No matter what you’re looking for in a neighborhood bar, C4 is a great spot for morning coffee, afternoon lunch and late night wine and martinis.
Cave Creek Coffee Company
6033 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek