Fresh Local Fare at Tupelo’s in Monticello

Locavores will delight in the menu at Tupelo’s Bakery and Cafe in Monticello’s charming downtown.

The blackboard announcing the daily specials encourages diners to “slow down, talk with friends and eat well,” which is exactly what you’ll want to do when you sit down in front of a plate of Tupelo’s goodies. Fresh-baked bread and pastries, crisp salads and hearty sandwiches, plus walls lined with local art and charming tchotchkes, will tempt you to adapt to the easy pace of Monticello.

If you’re looking for organic eats, the owners believe in total transparency: A dry-erase board near the cash register discloses what’s local, what’s organic, and what’s not.

Tupelo’s also quite family-friendly, with a playroom just off the main dining area that allows parents to linger over their meal while kids get their wiggles out.

When you stop by Tupelo’s, don’t miss a peek in Full Moon Apiary’s shop, which offers beeswax candles, honey, and adorable gifts. Look for both while you’re strolling Monticello’s historic Washington Street.