“When I envisioned it, this is what I wanted it to be. I wanted to be a neighbor.”

Jess Minchak, owner Two Birds Cafe

Congratulations to Two Birds Cafe on being named a Yelp “Top 100 Places to Eat” – in the country(!) The Downingtown Pike cafe, which specializes in breakfast and lunch classics adapted for seasonal freshness, made the review site list at #51 thanks to a slew of five-star reviews.  

“It’s surreal. We were definitely surprised,” said a still-processing Jess Minchak. “I would say surprised would be a good word.” 

Jess, who co-owns Two Birds with her husband Justin, said they were surprised but not surprised, attributing the cafe’s high marks to an amazing staff and a supportive community. (It certainly has nothing to do with those mouth watering cinnamon rolls or the dreamy Benedicts.)

“I can’t say it enough, it’s the staff,” she said. “At the end of the day, they are the ones representing us and they really do a phenomenal job.” 

“When I envisioned it, this is what I wanted it to be,” she said about the restaurant the couple started just three years ago. “I wanted to be a neighbor. We have a community table and I just love when people just sit down there and start talking together.” 

She does caution patience as the couple and the staff figure out what national fame looks like for the cafe – “The wait times are getting a little longer, but each day we go out and do our best.” 

The annual Yelp list is based on the analysis of millions of user reviews.

Originally published, Feb. 3, 2023

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