Sunday, October 16, 2011




Java Cafe on Downtown Jackson reviewed in the May TEXAS



 MONTHLY! Kudos to Mike Bodenhamer for his great



 neighborhood eatery!







Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Java Cafe ROCKS!  It is my favorite sandwich shop in Harlingen. I am a born and raised Harlingenite and am very proud to have this retaurant in my city.  Mike Bodenhamer is very  customer service oriented, something that is rare these days.


My favorite item on the menu is the Java Chicken Salad. I don't know how he does it but the chicken is so fresh tasting and moist and tender. Served on a bed of field greens and wonderful lettuce with pecans and bluecheese crumbles the Java  Balsamic Vinegarette  leaves nothin to be desired.






Whenever I'm in Harlingen, I'm sure to venture into different places and support local businesses when I can.

Today, my curiosity and willingness to try new things led me to Java Cafe.

Frickin' delicioso.

Java Cafe percolates near the intersection of E Jackson Street and N 2nd Street in downtown Harlingen.

For the past few years, I noticed Java Cafe, but never ventured in for one reason or another. Even when Simon's Deli called the space home, I never went in. I had been missing out until lunch time today!

I walked in and placed my order at the counter. The cafe is certainly clean, well-organized, and presentably decorated. The place is divided into two main areas - a dining room in the front and a coffee lounge in the back. The dining room is where all the tables are located, along with the ordering counter. The coffee lounge has mixed-and-matched seating, books, televisions, and a system for music.

Java Cafe has daily specials, which range from light, vegetarian friendly pita entrees to meat lovers' sandwiches on hoagie buns. Additionally, on the main menu, one can also choose from soups, salads, and baked goods. Today, I decided to have the Java Boy sandwich on wheat.

The Java Boy sandwich comes with roast beef, turkey, provolone, mozzarella, olive salad, and all the fixings wrapped neatly in a plush hoagie bun. Along with any sandwich on the menu, one can choose between chips (Lays/Miss Vickie's products) or salad (vegetable and pasta salads), and a beverage for an additional charge. I opted for the pasta salad (curly pasta with buttermilk ranch and olives) and a canned drink. Total came out to under $8.

In.
Sane.

This place is great. The pasta salad was served cold - perfect and refreshing on a hot day. The Java Boy was delicious. Java Cafe does not skimp out on ingredients - my sandwich was fully loaded. It was loaded to the point that when I bit into my sandwich, some ingredients fell out. On top of that, my sandwich was served with butter crackers.

All that said, be sure to check it out.
This coffee shop has great deli-style sandwiches perfect for a light lunch. They have a good coffee selection, and are located in the midst of the Jackson Street Antique shops which make it perfect for a quick bite on weekends as well.