Under new ownership, a revamped 4 Starters Coffee Cafe lies neatly tucked minutes from the Fairborn Shopping Center; surrounded by other smaller establishments offering an alternative to the dozens of chains with neon signs that surround the mall. 4 Starters is the epitome of small business; simple, to the point coffee and a very friendly, relaxed environment. This coffee-house is a re-launch of Kava House, which shut down mid-2010. New owners, new menu and new decor gives the place plenty of potential.
The menu offers a variety of sandwiches and paninis. Crisp and fresh, the Turkey Panini is what brought me here. Its crunchy toasted bread holds grilled meat and crisp vegetables doused in a very creamy sauce. The panini would make a good lunch for two and overall its a great centerpiece for a coffee shop menu. The coffees are just as fresh. There is a flavor of the day each day and a number of blends on the menu. Though the selection of coffee is smaller than you might expect this selection seems very deliberate. Each coffee I’ve sampled is separately good and very distinct. I just might warn you, if you try these menu items, you may never find another menu you like as much.
The healthy sandwich options are also pretty lean. I recommend taking friends here for lunch as an alternative to the heavier chain junk food down the street. Quieter businesses like this one offer just the healthy alternatives you’re craving and will help keep the hunger pains in control.
The unassuming little joint just screams friendly. A myriad of little tables and chairs provide plenty of places for a few people to sit and chat. With so much comfort to be found around the little store, you’d be surprised at how easily you and your friends can just sit at a table and be absorbed into your own little worlds. There are board games and televisions all around to offer something to do and keep you around. It’s hard to describe — something about this place just makes it seem all the more friendly when you have a friend to go with and chat.
All in all, 4 Starters is a very friendly, humble restart of what has been a longstanding local coffee spot. Whether you want somewhere to go for a quick, healthy lunch, somewhere to sit down for a good chat over a board game with friends, or a place to relax to some live music, I definitely suggest considering 4 Starters a try.
- The very peaceful environment of 4 Starters makes it the ideal place to bring a date or friend for a relaxing afternoon of conversation.
- Coffee specials offer a great deal of variety, and you never know what new things are being offered.
- The paninis are an impressive showing, and the other healthy foods are similarly delicious.