The Cuisine & The Restaurant
A hidden gem in Middletown, CT! Welcome to Cafe 56, a unique restaurant serving Breakfast & Lunch, featuring food of the Americas on Court Street in Middletown, CT. Serving farm fresh, local ingredients, we cook everything from scratch. The signature dish at Cafe 56, is the “Tacandwich”, a creation of owner Sabrina Cortes, which brings together traditional taco ingredients and a freshly baked Portuguese roll.
There’s the El Mexicano Tacandwich (roasted chicken, citrus slaw, avocado and salsa). Or the Argentine (grilled marinated skirt steak, chimichurri sauce and onions). Or the classic Cubano (slow-roasted pork, cheese, pickles and a special Havana sauce). Other delicious creations by Chef Sabrina include ceviche, empanadas, jocones, escabeches, pepianes, and regional American Cuisine. We take pride in using fresh, locally raised or produced items in our menu whenever possible.
The restaurant has a beautifully redesigned interior, including a raised counter that faces the open kitchen. It’s a cozy spot, with seating for about 30.
Cafe 56 also welcomes to go orders!
About Chef & Owner Sabrina Cortes
Sabrina Cortes, originally from Guatemala City came to America in 1989 to attend Le Cordon Blue — formerly known as the California Culinary Academy. After graduating in 1991, her first job was as a private chef on a charter vessel. She has managed many restaurants, including on several luxury vessels around the world. Most recently, she has served as chef instructor from 2006-2011 at the Connecticut Culinary Institute (now Lincoln Culinary Institute).
Ed Thereault, our pastry chef bakes fresh fruit filled scones, croissants, country buttermilk biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and a variety of coffee cakes and muffins every morning, along with a selection of delicious desserts such as fruit tarts, cookies, flan, and flourless chocolate cake. Some of his specialties include the Cafe 56 Red Velveteen cake with caramel buttercream icing and a Coconut Lime cake. Our pastry and dessert case is full of an ever-changing selection based on the season and Ed’s whim.
Ed has been baking non-professionally from the age of 4. He would sit on the edge of his grandmother’s counter while she mixed, stirred, kneaded, baked, frosted, and glazed her way through the classic New England baker’s catalog. He went to kindergarten knowing her bread recipe by heart.
At the age of 42 he decided to leave his 20+ year career in the floral industry and head to culinary school where he studied professional pastry and baking. Now he spends his day mixing, stirring, kneading, baking, frosting, and glazing to his heart’s content. Ed is pretty sure Nana would approve.
102 Court Street
1 hour free parking across the street at the public lot.
Free meter parking every morning until 10:00pm.