The Local Buzz, a coffee shop, bar and bistro in Cape Elizabeth, helped fill a void when it opened four years ago.
Until it arrived, there weren’t a lot of options to grab coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner and even an after-work drink all in one location.
And that’s not all. Every fourth Sunday, The Local Buzz hosts an open mic jam session with local musician Ronda Dale, and on the second Sunday of the month it features a jazz brunch.
But one of the best deals The Local Buzz (and maybe even Cape Elizabeth’s food scene) has to offer is its $10 burger-and-a-beer deal on Wednesday nights.
The classic beef burger, served with chips, is available with your choice of draft beer starting at 5 p.m. Plenty of time to enjoy your meal, even though the kitchen typically closes earlier on weeknights, at 8:15 p.m.
On a recent weeknight, six beers were on tap, including Allagash Black, Czech Pilsner and Funky Bow End of the Line. All beers are $6.50 and under, and wines by the glass (a selection of six to seven each for red and white) are all $8 and under.
Ask for a taste of wine before they serve you a full glass – some of the wines, especially the red, have been open for too long.
The liquor selection isn’t bad, either. Scotch fans can find quality brands here, such as Oban, Laphroaig and Macallan.
However, weeknights at The Local Buzz are rather sleepy – a few tables might be occupied for dinner and a couple people will be up at the bar – but Friday and Saturday nights will be livelier.
At The Local Buzz, the service is friendly and laid back. Drinks arrive quickly, as does the food, and despite its quiet nighttime scene, The Local Buzz is seen as a popular and dependable community gathering spot every day of the week.
WHERE: 327 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth
OURS: 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
SPECIALS: $10 burger and a beer on Wednesday nights; open mic and jazz Sundays.
AMENITIES: Full bar, cozy sofa and chairs, kids’ play corner, six seats at the bar, tables by the window.
BOTTOM LINE: The Local Buzz in Cape Elizabeth is a popular coffee bar and cafe by day and bistro bar by night. While weeknights aren’t too busy, expect a bigger crowd on Friday and Saturday nights or during open mic or jazz Sundays. Service is good and the atmosphere is very laid back.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes