NOTE: Clock Tower closed shortly after this post.
Simple. Organic. Delicious. That’s the tagline for Clock Tower Natural Foods, a small cafe located in the Paoli Plaza shopping center (CVS) in Paoli. The cafe uses all organic foods, whole wheat breads, and no processed ingredients to make baked goods, soups and sandwiches. It’s a cute little cafe — very welcoming and warm, with friendly staff members.
They offer all kinds of coffee drinks, made from organic Clock Tower Coffee that is roasted exclusively at Golden Valley Farms in West Chester. I started with an espresso, continuing the quest for a good one in the area. Though it was beautiful to look at with a great crema, for me the flavor was thin and watery. Not bad, but not spectacular.
One of the special soups the day I visited was a curried potato and chickpea soup, which could be ordered in either 12oz or 16oz portions, each including a pretzel or biscuit. The flavor combinations featured here were excellent, and the soup was a nice consistency — neither too heavy (as potato soups often can be) nor too thin. The soup also came with a wheat biscuit, which was heavy but very tasty when warmed up in the oven.
I also tried the Hummus Trio (curry, chipotle, roasted garlic), which came with a whole wheat rosemary bread. Expecting big flavors from the trio, I was a bit disappointed by its blandness. If there was any tahini, I couldn’t taste it, and after mixing in my own (and adding salt & pepper), these tasted more like the hummus I love. The rich wheat and rosemary flavors in the accompanying bread would have certainly made a nice companion to the hummus, if it was a little more interesting. Also, for $6.75, I’d love to see a few dip-worthy vegetables (carrots, cucumber, etc.) added to the dish.
Despite my mixed bag of experiences, I like the atmosphere of the Clock Tower and certainly appreciate what they stand for. I’ll certainly be paying them another visit.
Paoli Plaza (next to CVS)
1776 E. Lancaster Ave
Paoli, PA 19301