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The Sunrise Cafe'

A Breakfast & Lunch Sandwich Shop

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231 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA


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Welcome, we’re glad you’re here!

Est. September, 2019 

The cafe’ is a New York style breakfast and lunch sandwich shop with counter-style service; order and pay at the counter, no servers.

Breakfast & lunch served any time.

Reservations not available or accepted.

No wifi.

Open for dine-in, take-out, call-ahead, and curbside pickup.

Outdoor seating available during warm months.

Free parking & handicapped parking behind the cafe’.

Christmas Hours:

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Sunday, Dec. 26th.

New Year’s Hours:

New Year’s Eve: 8am-11am, breakfast menu only.  Kitchen closes at 10:45.

New Year’s Day: Closed 


Closed Mondays

Tuesday – Friday, 8 am – 2 pm

Saturday and Sunday, 8 am – 1 pm

Kitchen closes 15 min. before dining room

*Everything is made-to-order, 

your patience is appreciated 

especially when it’s busy.*


 Payments accepted: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover. Due to high processing costs, there is a .55 cent transaction fee.

Amex is accepted; due to high processing costs, there is a $2.55 fee to use this card.

IG and FB: @SunriseCafeCarlisle

Today's Scone
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New scone next week
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History & Background
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The cafe’ is situated in the home (parts of it dating back 300+ years) of John Hays who was a Civil War soldier, the founder of Carlisle Gas Works, President of Frog, Switch and Mfg. Company, and a lawyer. Take a look around at the photos and historic background while you’re here. The original exterior stone walls (over 300 years old) found behind the drywall have been exposed, and the outside patio, which was gone, has been rebuilt. I’m delighted to show off a renovated piece of Carlisle’s history.

In the middle, that’s my son Tommy. He’s the mind behind the glazed donut sandwich and some of my specials. He is AROTC at Virginia Military Institute (class of 2022) majoring in International Studies and minoring in Arabic and National Securities. His Army commissioning is in May 2022 and he chose Military Intelligence and Combat Arms. He knows exactly how to make a mother worry.

On the right, that’s me, Tara. I’m originally from Port Jefferson Station in Long Island, New York. I retired early from a career in public education as a Reading Specialist and Assistant Principal to follow my real dream of opening a cafe’. I worked on my menu for many years, bringing with me recipes from my grandmother, my own cooking and baking, and New York delis. I never thought my pipe dream would end up happening. I’m excited to have a cafe’ in this gorgeous, old Victorian building!

On the left is my daughter Sara, the creator of the Boston Cream cream cheese on my menu. She is at the local community college and will be transferring to Millersville University to study Clinical Psychology. She is very excited to move out. I am not excited.

The kitchen is not allergen free.  Dairy, soy, nuts, wheat, and fish are used.

Breakfast Sandwiches
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Saturday & Sunday Breakfast Special

Two over-hard eggs, homemade tomato jam, sauteed onions, and fresh spinach on toasted over-sized multi-grain bread. 9.95
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*Dishes contain eggs that are raw or undercooked

*Substitute any bread with high-quality gluten-free, 2.50

Best Classic Egg: Two hard scrambled eggs and melted American on a griddled pain roll, 4.95

Bologna for Breakfast: Thick-sliced, all-beef, fried Halal bologna with one over-medium egg and Havarti on a griddled king-size English muffin, 8.50

Carlisle High Street: Scrambled eggs, white cheddar, and Taylor ham in a homemade flatbread, 7.95

Hit the Road, Jack: A hard scrambled egg, Colby Jack, tomato, and fresh spinach on a griddled English muffin, 4.95

Healthy Morning: Two egg whites, fresh spinach, and sliced tomato on toasted multi-grain with homemade avocado spread, 5.95

Long Island Egg Sandwich: Two over-medium eggs, American, and thick-sliced bacon on a soft poppy seed roll, 7.95

New Yorker: Two over-easy eggs with Havarti and warm corned beef on griddled, seeded rye, 7.95

Manhattan: Warm pastrami with two over-easy eggs, white cheddar, and a little mayo on griddled marble rye, 7.95

The Tommy: A buttery griddled glazed donut with a hard-scrambled egg, white cheddar, and pork sausage, 6.95

Lunch Sandwiches & Homemade Soup
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Substitute any bread with high-quality gluten free, 2.50

Soup and John Hays' Special are available during cooler months, weekdays only.

Hal's New York potato chips varieties, 2.20 (2 oz bag, nice size for a side)

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Today's homemade soup:

Soup's out! New soup next week.

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Cup of soup, starting at 5.95. Price dependent upon ingredients used.

John Hays’ Special: Cup of soup and half a sandwich. Choose from Garden Italian, Quirky Turkey, or Simple Pig. Starting at 9.95

Brown Bag Lunch: Choose from turkey or brown sugar ham with Havarti, lettuce, and tomato on soft multi-grain with mayo. Comes with a bag of chips. 9.95

Courthouse Combo: Turkey, crumbled bacon, roasted red peppers, Colby Jack, fresh lettuce, spread with homemade garlic herb aioli & homemade avocado spread on a plain roll, 10.95

The Dutch: Turkey, thick-cut bacon, Swiss, lettuce, tomato, and homemade avocado spread in a warm, homemade flatbread, 10.95

Garden Italian: Sliced mozzarella, fresh spinach, sliced tomato, and a Balsamic glaze on soft brioche, 7.95

Quirky Turkey: Turkey, Havarti, lettuce, tomato, and homemade chipotle mayo on toasted sourdough, 8.95

Rockefeller Special: A great cut of pastrami on soft seeded rye with Swiss and a yellow & spicy brown mustard mix, 9.95

Manzo Manzo: Corned beef, pastrami, Swiss, and a yellow & spicy brown mustard miz topped with homemade cranberry & almond slaw on griddled, seeded rye. If you want a little heat, ask for some jalapenos. 9.95

Simple Pig: Brown sugar ham on a buttered, griddled plain bun and my grandmother’s sweet & tangy sauce.  Add a slice of cheese for 60 cents. 8.95

Tutto Questo: Corned beef, turkey, ham, American, Colby Jack, lettuce, tomato, pickle chips, mustard, and homemade Tuscan dressing on a soft plain roll, 10.50

Hal’s New York Potato chips, 2 oz bag, 2.20

Bagels & Homemade Cream Cheese
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Kettle boiled and baked from New York City

Plain * Everything * Cinnamon Raisin *

1.95 per bagel

Vegan, Kosher, and **baked-to-order** (takes about 10 minutes)

Our bagels have no preservatives and can also be purchased frozen. Directions for baking will be on the bag.

Let us know when you are ordering if you want your bagel soft, toasted, or griddled with butter.

Buttered Bagel or Roll, 2.70

Bagel and Cream Cheese, 4.15

Foxy Loxy: Plain cream cheese on a bagel with Nova lox, capers, and scallions, 10.70

Cream Cheese from Scratch

1/2 lb: 4.95, single portion: 2.25

  • Plain
  • Jalapeno
  • Caramel and apple butter
  • Boston cream
  • Cinnamon and apple butter
  • Cheddar with bacon and green onions
  • Veggie

Pastry Shoppe
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Homemade Sweets

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Cornetti de Crema (Cream Horns), 2.15: A dairy-free cream filled puff pastry

Homemade Scones, 6.95: 5-6″ across, these homemade goodies are made fresh daily and change through the week.

Baci di Dama (Lady’s Kiss), 2.10: A macadamia butter cookie sandwich with hazelnut spread.

Italian Chewy Almond Cookie, 2.25: Made with homemade almond paste and honey, topped with chocolate.

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Bakery Treats

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The best scratch-made jumbo pecan and plain sticky buns on the east coast from Greg’s Bakery in York 3.50

Jumbo muffins from Greg’s Bakery, 3.50:  Orange Cranberry, Double Chocolate Chip, Banana Nut, Lemon Poppy, Pound Cake, & Double Chocolate w/ Almonds and White Chocolate Chips

Heavenly Strawberry & Cream Cheese Croissants from Greg’s Bakery, 3.75

From a little bakery in New York

Jumbo black and white cookies 4.75

Mini black and white cookies, 2 for 2.75

Coffee cake 3.75 per piece

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  • Always Fresh Italian Roast Coffee 2.75 (refills, 75 cents)
  • Assorted Hot Tea 1.50
  • Gourmet Hot Cocoa 2.40
  • Chocolate Nesquik 2.35
  • Sweet Leaf Organic Tea 3.75
  • Pure Leaf Iced Tea 3.25
  • Honest Organic Iced Tea 3.25
  • Dole Strawberry Lemonade (seasonal) 3.75
  • Pepsi/Diet 1.75
  • Aquafina Water 1.10
  • Hal’s New York Ginger Ale 2.85
  • Nantucket Nectars Cranberry Juice 2.50
  • Tropicana Orange Juice 2.50
  • Martinelli’s Apple Juice 2.50
  • Starbucks Bottled Coffee Drinks 3.75

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3 business days’ notice required for sandwich and pastry trays. 

2 business days’ notice for bagel trays.

Sandwich trays: I have the capacity to prepare up to 30 in one order. Orders for more than 30 cannot be accepted.

Call or email (SunriseCafeCarlisle@gmail.com)

Implements are not provided or included in catering prices but can be purchased for 50 cents per set.

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Pastry/Muffin Trays

Must order 12 or more.

Choose from any of the items in the Pastry Shoppe section above.

Additional cost is added for the tray and wrap ($5)

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Assorted Bagel Tray $43.50 

One dozen bagels and two half-pound containers of homemade cream cheese.

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Egg Sandwich Tray

8-10: $62.50

11-13: $79.50

14-16: $96.50

An assorted tray including the Long Island, Best Classic, and Hit the Road, Jack sandwiches.  

All made with hard-scrambled eggs.

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The Office Lunch

7-10: $87.99

11-14: $114.99

15-18: $145.99

A great combination tray: honey ham with American cheese and  turkey with Havarti cheese on assorted breads and rolls with lettuce and tomato;  corned beef with Swiss cheese on marble rye (no lettuce or tomato).  Comes with homemade cranberry & almond slaw, pickle slices, mayo, and mustard.

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Room Rental
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  • The back dining room is available for seminars, meetings, and get togethers. 
  • 14 person minimum for room reservation.
  • Availability is Tuesday through Friday from 8 am until 11:30 am. 
  • Plenty of outlets for tech equipment. 
  • Guests must be departed by 11:30 to open the dining room up for the lunch crowd. 
  • Seats up to 24 depending on how tables are arranged.
  • $16 per person for breakfast, $19 per person for lunch.  Includes one sandwich, choice of two beverages (coffee w/refills, tea, water, juice), 15% gratuity, sales tax, nominal room rental fee ($1.50), and one of two serving options: A choice between three sandwiches, wrapped, served either buffet style *or* individually.
  • Call to reserve your date and discuss necessary details 223-212-5192, ask for Tara (owner)