By Jeff and Suzie Dunn
Village resident, Cathy Spina, owner of Karma Café, acted on the inspiration she received from meditation and working with her sister who owns a restaurant in Reading, New Jersey.
Twenty years in management at Macy's provided the business acumen and about a year ago, she put her business plan and spirituality towards her first commercial food endeavor. Karma Café of Sedona Restaurant and Gift Shop is location in the Basha's Shopping Center at 1950 W. SR 89A.
Cathy did extensive remodeling, cleaning and redecorating to a building that has been occupied by more than one restaurant, most recently by Bodacious Burgers. Cathy's desire was to create a dining experience for the whole family.
The Dunnery happed upon Karma when it had just barely opened -- we wanted some nibbles between films during the 2015 Sedona International Film Festival and only had 45 minutes or so. We were impressed with the delightful bites of fried green tomatoes, shrimp diablo, and items that leaned toward comfort Southern food.
We returned a couple more times and noticed that Cathy continued to use gained experience to shape both menu and management. Chefs Caesar Franco and Eloy Augosto put their talents to work. The biggest sellers are Fish and Chips, Grilled Wild Salmon and Beef Stroganoff (made with the filet cut of beef).
Recently we ate with village residents, Sedona United Methodist Pastor Fred Mast and his family and Steve and Linda Nelson.
Fred and his son, Mathew, chose different versions of the Karma Burger, Fred's with blue cheese and Matthew's with avocado. Jenny Mast had the Fish and Chips Sandwich. Everyone's plates looked so appetizing and Fred said the coleslaw was exceptional. We two and Steve ordered the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf entrée plated with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables and cress.
Linda selected the Fettuccine Primavera. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Suzie insisted we share a couple desserts, just to write a comment for this article.
We all did a good job of finishing both the Orange Grand Marnier Crème Brule and Chocolate Lava Cake
The atmosphere of Karma is one of tranquility. The shiny blue sparkly floor is set with nicely space tables lighted by lamps lit with "blessing" shades, as Suzie calls them. Consigned artwork decorates the walls and the hostess station displays additional gifts.
A mural, created by VOC artist Gary Ruben (who also shows at the Village Gallery), fills one of the walls (see attached photo.)
There is room for larger groups; reservations recommended. A full bar license has recently been obtained and the hours of operation have become steady, if a little unusual.
Daily operation is Monday through Thursday Lunch 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dinner 5-9 p.m.Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours extend from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Breakfast if serve from 8-11 a.m. on those three days. On Tuesday and Wednesday there is an Early Bird four-course dinner from 4-7 p.m.
We advise calling to find out what the menu for those particular nights. Telephone 928-282-4190. Check website www.karmacafeofsedona.com for additional menu items and information.
Bite and Sips:
Residents Linda and Ted Jenal, Danni and MicBarker and we think G's Burgers in Cornville merits a stop. The women serve up great hamburgers and fries and sitting on the veranda allows views of House Mountain.
Oak Creek Espresso, formerly Firecreek Coffee, at 6500 SR 179 reflects the newer management and sourcing of coffee, much to the delight of patrons. Ginnie, part time baker tells us the salted caramel gelato, among other flavors, is a hit.
Ken Rouse announces his Market Place Café (MPC) in the Factory Outlet Center, 6645 SR 179, has new co-managers. Responding to feedback, hours and menus have been adjusted. Check out www.mpcsedona.com.