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Mystery Diner in Shorewood: Happy Place Cafe has fast service, family atmosphere

Good experience for dine-in and carryout

The Happy Place Cafe website says it offers “a careful balance of excellent food, fast, courteous, and efficient service, and a clean, attractive, and unique family atmosphere.”

The Happy Place Cafe website says it offers “a careful balance of excellent food, fast, courteous, and efficient service, and a clean, attractive, and unique family atmosphere.”

Our family has found that to be true.

Happy Place Cafe also offers a wide variety of entrees, sides and toppings (where else can you pick sour cream for $1?). And you can order breakfast items all day.

Here’s what my family and I recently enjoyed via carryout.

The Happy Place Cafe website says it offers “a careful balance of excellent food, fast, courteous, and efficient service, and a clean, attractive, and unique family atmosphere.”

The appetizer combo platter for $10 includes cheese sticks, onion rings, potato skins, breaded mushrooms, zucchini and cauliflower. All items arrived hot and tasty.

The appetizer combo platter for $10 at Happy Place Cafe in Shorewood includes cheese sticks, onion rings, potato skins, breaded mushrooms, zucchini and cauliflower.

The potato skins had plenty of cheese and bacon, just the way we like them.

The appetizer combo platter for $10 at Happy Place Cafe in Shorewood includes cheese sticks, onion rings, potato skins, breaded mushrooms, zucchini and cauliflower.

We saw the chicken waffle only on the online menu. The combined flavors of the waffle and chicken were outstanding.

We only saw this chicken waffle from Happy Place Cafe in Shorewood available on its online menu. But I'm happy we found it. The photo looks plain, but the flavors of both the waffle and chicken were outstanding made a heavenly combination.

We also ordered the raspberry-chocolate chip pancakes for $9.75. The pancakes were not overly sweet, and needed neither butter nor maple syrup. The chips were packed inside the pancakes and layered on top.

The raspberry mixture was nicely tart, which cut down the sweetness of the chocolate chips. The portions were generous enough to share. We absolutely would order them again.

Happy Place Cafe in Shorewood features these raspberry-chocolate chip pancakes for $9.75.

To go with the pancakes, we picked four strips of bacon for $4.24. The bacon was a nice mixture of crunchy and chewy, perfect to please almost anyone.

Pictured is a side of four strips of bacon for $4.24 from Happy Place Cafe in Shorewood.

We also ordered four sausage links for $4.24. These had great flavor and the right balance of salt and seasonings.

Pictured is a side of four strips of bacon for $4.24 from Happy Place Cafe in Shorewood.

The Mediterranean wrap deluxe for $9 featured gyro meat in a wrap, a really fun idea. The wrap was nice and tight, and full of vegetables.

Pictured is the Mediterranean wrap for $9 at Happy Place Cafe in Shorewood. This wrap is filled with gyro meat, chopped lettuce, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese and Greek dressing.

A side of rice accompanied the Mediterranean wrap deluxe. The rice was perfectly cooked and seasoned just right.

This side of rice accompanied the Mediterranean wrap deluxe from Happy Place Cafe in Shorewood.

The lettuce-forward salad I ordered with the wrap was really good.

Pictured is a side salad from Happy Place Cafe in Shorewood.

We also chose the BLT club deluxe for $11.25, which came with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo.

The BLT was very flavorful. The bacon was crispy, just the way we like it. The onion rings were perfect. The mushrooms were delicious, but a tad undercooked for my personal flavor preference.

Pictured is the BLT club sandwich deluxe with a side order of onion rings from Happy Place Cafe in Shorewood. The BLT club featured crisp slices of bacon and lettuce as well as tomatoe between two slices of toasted bread,

Chicken noodle soup came with the BLT deluxe. Very good, it had a homemade flavor and texture.

This chicken soup was part of a BLT Deluxe order at Happy Place Cafe in Shorewood. The flavor reminded me of homemade chicken noodle soup.

Our carryout also came with a side of bread, which we all shared.

Pictured is a generous side order of bread from Happy Place Cafe is Shorewood.

A variety of condiments and sides came with our order, too: crackers for the soup, butter for the bread, sour cream for the potato skins, and maple syrup for the chicken waffles and raspberry-chocolate chip pancakes.

Happy Place Cafe in Shorewood tucked a variety of condiments and sides with our order: crackers for the soup, butter for the bread, sour cream for the potato skins and maple syrup for the chicken waffles and raspberry chocolate chip pancakes.

The staff invariably are friendly and professional, whether we dine in or do carryout. The food always is packed up neatly, and everything is hot.

We will order from Happy Place Cafe again.

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• The Mystery Diner is an employee at Shaw Media. The diner’s identity is not revealed to the restaurant staff before or during the meal. If the Mystery Diner cannot recommend the establishment, we will not publish a story.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Happy Place Cafe

WHERE: 1150 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday

INFORMATION: 815-666-1447, thehappyplacecafe.com