Editor’s Note on June 7, 2010 – I wrote this article in October of 2009 in response to a very nice dinner I had at Cafe Origins. It is with great regret and sorrow that I pass on news that owner and chef Denise O’Donnell has just passed away after an illness. She was a fine person who built a very lovely establishment with her own determination and vision. Denise will be dearly missed by the entire community of Jim Thorpe.
Cafe Origins isn’t really hidden. It’s at 107 Broadway, just 2 blocks up the street on Broadway right before the Opera House in a little warren of shops. But it sort of feels that way, like you’ve happened upon a secret that even residents don’t fully appreciate.
It’s a vegetarian restaurant (serving chicken and fish, BYOB) at 107 Broadway – your intrepid sampler of restaurants decided to pay a visit last night.
The first thing you notice is the warm, calming interior. Meticulously restored by owner Denise O’Donnell, the building presents a tranquil decor inspired by O’Donnell’s love of Thailand and her frequent visits there.
Getting right down to business, we started out with a delicious white pizza with mozzarella and sautéed spinach that truly fulfilled its role as an appetizer. Our dinner selections were the Syrian Spinach Pies and the Grilled Chicken Wrap with Cheddar Cheese and Roasted Peppers. Just outstanding. We finished every last bit of both entrees.
Our dessert selection was the rice pudding which we thoroughly enjoyed, finishing the generous helping completely.
Everything was excellent and the whole experience a great start to a weekend. But maybe this was the biggest credit to Denise’s lovely establishment: the hectic week we had just had was completely forgotten.