Starving in a town with a handful of coffee shops can be a godsend. Especially when you know some of the locals. After exploring Davis, California for the past couple of days, I kept hearing about the Delta of Venus. A locals word hadn’t let me down yet!
I was told to look for the giant bike rack out front. Found it! I couldn’t spot a sign out front but Google reassured me that I had reached my destination. I parked the van and walked through the very neat wooden passageway. People were outside soaking up the sun and enjoying the beautiful day ahead.
Heading inside I began to realize this was a California home back in the day. Wooden floors, tons of rooms, and a sweet layout. The walls were filled with artwork, fireplace covered in books, and an extensive menu that wrapped around two walls. Saying this place had character was an understatement, it was wonderfully homey.
I walked up and introduced myself to Blake, the barista. I told him why I was traveling and he couldn’t have been a more genuinely nice guy. I asked him what he recommended for breakfast – the veggie scramble – I went with it. This omelet is filled with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, red bell peppers, red onions, tomato, and garlic. Topped with melted jack cheese and sour cream. Ah, it makes me hungry to think about. It was one of the best omelets I’ve had on the road. And what pairs well with breakfast? Yup, you guessed it, a tasty cup of coffee. But, this wasn’t just any cup of coffee, the beans were roasted by bicycle by a man that goes by The Pepper Pedaler!
The DOV serves draft beer, wine, mimosas, and tons of hot and cold coffee options. The main food choices are omelets, salad, sandwiches, hummus, and soup. It all sounded delicious but that omelet was made with LOVE!
Blake walked me around the cafe when the line of people died down. Wow, this place got crowded! DOV has been around for almost 16 years and a staple in the college community for a very long time. They offer free wifi, tons of seating, a great amount of natural light, host a community library, offer vegan and vegetarian options, and sell used records, CDs, and books. Every Friday they have a DJ drop tunes in the afternoon. And be sure to check out the amazing artwork by Mich Martinez and Will Durkee. I will definitely be back.
The bathroom gets an 8/10 rating. There was a sign on the door that reads, “Bathroom, We care about Hearts more than we care about parts.” I thought that was great and I thought all the tags on the door looked so cool.