The Cuisine & The Restaurant
In October 2013, TripAdvisor RANKED Cafe56 as the #1 of 125 restaurants in Middletown.
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.
Cafe56 features foods and culinary traditions from different countries, continents and ethnic backgrounds. The goal at Cafe56 is to provide the customers with the experience of the different tastes from around the world.
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 CATERS EVENTS, no event to small, prepares special HOLIDAY MEALS by special request and welcomes daily 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. In 2001 Started working for Clipper Cruise Lines, and worked until 2006 as Excecutive Chef in Vessel around the World.
Most recently, she has served as chef instructor from 2006-2011 at the Connecticut Culinary Institute (now Lincoln Culinary Institute). Her Classes included Basic Principles, Garde Manger, International Cuisines, Baking and Pastry, Serve-Safe, Purchasing, etc…
Her Pasion for The Culinary Fiel made her decide to Open Cafe 56, the Little Cafe that She Call “Home”.
Our pastries are prepared by Chef Sabrina and Pastry Chefs Lara Taylor, Tracy Celentano, and Ed Therault as well as others. All baking is done daily, here at the Cafe.
Café 56 offers Prix Fixe Dinners on the Second Friday and 4th Saturday of every month.
The dinners are specially created by Chef Sabrina and produced by all her staff, (Chef Lara Taylor and Sous Chef Carl Wilson), based on a theme selected by her. There is a fixed menu consisting of appetizer, salad or soup, entree and dessert courses al Coffee. No alcohol is served by Café 56, however guests are encouraged to bring their own favorite libation to enjoy with their meal.
Reservations are required and will be taken starting one month prior to the event. A credit card number is required to secure the reservation. Cancellations must be communicated to Café 56 at least 72 hours in advance in order to avoid a charge to your credit card. Reservations not confirmed 72 hours in advance are subject to cancellation. Please confirm your reservation by email at the following email address: caféfirstname.lastname@example.org.
We take great pride in providing a high quality meal, to be enjoyed in a casual atmosphere
with other discerning people, that has been prepared with the passion for the different and unique flavors that Chef Sabrina has become renowned for.
102 Court Street
1 hour free parking across the street at the public lot.
Free meter parking every morning until 10:00pm.