The Mudcat has moved to a new location across the street from the previous shop. The building dates back to 1911 and has been remodeled on the inside by Ron Moore. The Mudcat is now a full service cafe and coffee house and opens at 5:30 a.m. for breakfast each day. Submitted photo
Rebecca and Ron Moore are owners of the Mudcat Coffee House in Oak Ridge. Submitted photo
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Mudcat Coffee House in Oak Ridge is a full service cafe in new location

by Elane Moonier ~ Features Editor

Mudcat Coffee House in Oak Ridge started primarily as a coffee shop a couple of years ago, but the business has moved into a new building and has been a full service cafe and coffee house for the past several months.

Owners Rebecca and Ron Moore decided to move the business across the street from the previous location in order to have more room to expand the business. It is still located in the heart of town at the junction of Routes D & E.

Creating a family friendly atmosphere with homemade, wholesome meals has always been their priority, Rebecca said.

“Everything here is homemade, and the only thing we have frozen is hash browns,” she stated. “Everything is always fresh, and we never have frozen ground beef or other meats. We use our own house seasonings.”

The cafe opens for breakfast from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, and is open from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, the cafe opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m.

Patrons can get breakfast all day, and there are always lunch and dinner specials which are different each day.

There are many favorite dishes on the lunch and dinner menus, such as buffalo chicken fries, mud fries and smoked pulled pork tacos. Rebecca said that all their fries are always hand cut.

The Baja Spinach Tortilla is a customer favorite, topped with homemade Baja sauce, onions and fresh cilantro.

Friday is fried catfish day with homemade sides, and on Sunday there is always homemade chicken and dumplings.

One of the house specialties is their homemade sour dough cheddar bread, Rebecca noted.

Desserts are also homemade and can include specialties like fried pies and apple drop doughnuts. The Mudcat offers 16 different flavors of hand dipped ice cream.

Coffee, of course is the specialty of the house, and there is something to appeal to the taste of every coffee lover.

House specials include Gato Caliente, chocolate with a hint of heat topped with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate,

The Mudcat, a blend of coconut oil and organic butter topped with whipped cream, and The Mudturtle, chocolate and caramel topped with whipped cream and Snickers.

Cold coffees on the House Specials are Fire Water, a cold version of Gato Caliente, The Muddy Water, chocolate with cookie flavoring and marshmallows, and The Marsh, toasted marshmallows and caramel, topped with a drizzle of chocolate.

Customers can get a cup of regular black coffee, and cold coffees are available on tap.

Rebecca has developed a special blend called, ‘I Don’t Care’ for those customers who ask for coffee but can’t decide on any particular flavor.

Rebecca said that brewing methods are very important and are customized with each blend of coffee.

The menu also includes lattes, iced lattes, iced coffee, frozen sweet tea, frozen lemonade, frappes and several flavors of smoothies, including strawberry, blueberry and seasonal fruits. There is also a Kale, Banana and Blueberry Smoothie.

Ron worked on renovating the new building for months before they moved in, with a major overhaul and rewiring. The structure was built in 1911, and was once a hardware store.

Rebecca said they have tried to take the building back to that same time period.

“It is something totally unique for our area, and we want our patrons to be able to step back in time.”

Ron has constructed a 22-foot walnut and oak custom bar for the store.

Patrons can text their coffee orders to The Mudcat, and Rebecca will have them ready for pick up. There is an app available for the store.

The phone number for The Mudcat Coffee House is 573-382-2642, and the business address is 4056 State Highway E in Oak Ridge.

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