5729 St. Joseph Ave.
Stevensville, MI 49127
Hours: Open every day except Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Full Circle Café and Espresso Bar is on a quiet street in downtown Stevensville. It’s about 20 minutes away from Andrews, and offers a selection of hot drinks, homemade baked goods, and breakfast and lunch items. There is parallel parking on the street, so if anyone is looking for a chance to impress his or her friends with slightly-above-average parking skills, this is your chance.
Food: The breakfast menu includes pancakes, fruit and Greek yogurt parfaits, quiches (meat or vegetarian) and breakfast sandwiches. The lunch menu features a few choices of sandwiches, salads and soup. I went to Full Circle for breakfast, and I had a spinach, egg white, tomato and avocado open-faced sandwich. It was served on delicious whole grain bread, and all of the vegetables were fresh. The café offers most of the typical variations of coffee, as well as tea and hot chocolate. I tried their chai latté, which was cozy and wonderful. They also sell baked goods including muffins, cookies and adorably-decorated cupcakes.
Atmosphere & Service: Full Circle Café combines a trendy menu and Instagram-worthy pastries with a casual small-town atmosphere. Large street-facing windows let in plenty of natural light, even during dreary Michigan springs. The walls are tiled with monochrome white rosette-relief porcelain, contributing to an overall clean and bright interior. Minimal decorations and a high ceiling make the small space comfortable instead of constricted. The café has a few tables that seat up to four people, so I would not recommend going there with a large group. Full Circle is a nice environment to meet up with a friend or get some homework done (they have free WiFi). The employees at the café were very friendly and welcoming, and indie rock played quietly in the background.
Price: The food items on the menu were a bit expensive: the sandwich I got was $6.50 and pancakes cost $8. However, coffee and tea prices are comparable with most coffee shops, as the chai latte was $3.50, regular brewed coffee is $1.75, and their most expensive drinks are $4.50.
Overall: I really enjoyed Full Circle Café, and am planning to go back. Due to their prices, I probably won’t buy food there, even though it is quite good. Spring is theoretically on its way, and the café is only a few minutes away from Grand Mere State Park, so it may be a place to keep in mind if you are on your way to the beach. The establishment’s website also has rumors of extended hours as summer approaches.