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The Sunrise Cafe'

A Breakfast & Lunch Sandwich Shop

Est. 2019

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231 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA


IG , TikTok, and FB: @SunriseCafeCarlisle

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Closed Mondays

Tuesday - Sunday, 8 am - 1 pm

Kitchen closes at 12:45

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Free & handicapped parking behind the cafe'

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Thank you for stopping by my cafe' web page!

I'm Tara, the sole owner of this pipe dream come true.
I'm from Long Island, NY, and for many, many years I wanted to open a sandwich shop that was reminiscent of the NY delis I grew up going to, as well as a reflection of my Italian culture. I loved to cook and bake from a younger age, but instead ended up in a career as a reading specialist and assistant principal. I retired early in 2018 to renovate this space and open my cafe'. It is a New York style breakfast & lunch sandwich shop featuring New Jersey meats, high quality cheeses, baked-to-order bagels from NYC, & homemade pastries and spreads.

On the right is my son, Tommy. He commissioned from Virginia Military Institute in 2022 and is currently a 2LT attending IBOLC in Ft. Benning, GA. He branched Military Intelligence with an Infantry detail.

My daughter Sara, on the left, is attending Millersville University studying clinical psychology and will complete her master's there as well.

So proud of both!

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Accepted Payments

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Cash; bills larger than $20 *not* accepted regardless of total.

Visa, MasterCard, & Discover for orders over $5.

No contactless payment options.

A 2% processing fee is applied for card payments. This fee does not exceed processing costs.


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Building History

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The cafe’ is situated in the home of John Hays. During his life he was a Dickinson College graduate, Civil War soldier, founder of Carlisle Gas Works, President of Frog, Switch and Mfg. Company, & a lawyer. 

Take a look around at the reprinted old photos while you’re here. The original stone walls and the back fireplace found behind the plaster have been exposed, the front door was a window, the back dining area had a kitchen, and the outside patio, which was gone, was rebuilt during renovations…the list goes on. A lot of work (9 months’ worth) was needed to get the interior of the cafe’ space to look the way it does and to meet code regulations. I’m delighted to show off a renovated piece of Carlisle’s history.

The kitchen is not allergen free.  

Dairy, soy, nuts, wheat, and fish come in contact with cooking, baking, & prep surfaces.

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Everything is made fresh on a first-come-first-served basis & bagels are baked-to-order.  

Your patience is appreciated especially when it is busy.

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Made-to-Order Breakfast Sandwiches

Served Anytime

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Sandwiches may contain eggs that are raw or undercooked

Substitute bread with other breads (additional charge may apply), a bagel (1.95), or with high-quality gluten-free (3.00)

Cheeses are both Land-O-Lakes and Sargento.

Best Classic Egg: Two hard scrambled eggs and melted American on a griddled pain roll, 5.50

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, 5.25

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, 6.99

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

Manhattan: Warm pastrami from NJ 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

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Made-to-Order Lunch Sandwiches

Served Anytime

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Grab a bag of Hal's New York potato chips, 2.30 (2 oz bag; nice size for a side)

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Substitute bread with other breads (additional charge may apply), a bagel (1.95), or with high-quality gluten-free (3.00)

Cheeses are both Land-O-Lakes and Sargento.

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

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

The Dutch: Perdue turkey, thick-sliced bacon, Swiss, lettuce, tomato, and homemade avocado spread in a warm, homemade flatbread, 10.95

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

Quirky Turkey: Perdue turkey, Havarti, lettuce, tomato, and homemade chipotle mayo on toasted sourdough, 9.95

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

Manzo Manzo: Lean corned beef and pastrami, both from NJ, and Swiss topped with mustard, homemade slaw dressing, cranberries, and almonds on griddled, seeded rye. If you want a little heat, ask for some jalapenos (75 cents). 10.95

Simple Pig: Thick-sliced Smithfield ham on a buttered, griddled plain bun and my grandmother’s sweet & tangy sauce.  Add a slice of cheese for 80 cents. 8.95

Tutto Questo: Corned beef from NJ, Perdue turkey, thick sliced  Smithfield ham, American, Colby Jack, lettuce, tomato, pickle chips, yellow & spicy brown mustard mix, and homemade Tuscan dressing on a soft plain roll, 11.50

Two *huge* bagel sandwiches:

John Hays Special: A vegetarian sandwich on a baked-to-order NYC bagel loaded with spinach, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, & homemade scallion cream cheese. It’s huge. 10.95

Sunrise Special: A super stacked baked-to-order bagel sandwich with Perdue honey turkey or thick-sliced Smithfield ham, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and homemade scallion & garlic cream cheese. 12.75

*Substitute the cream cheese on either sandwich with homemade avocado spread for 1.75.

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Baked-to-Order Bagels from NYC & Homemade Cream Cheese

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Bagels, 1.95 each (regardless of quantity)

BAGELS: Plain, Everything, & Cinnamon Raisin

Bagels are kettle boiled & baked, vegan, & kosher.

The bagels are sent from NYC overnight and I freeze them; they can be purchased baked or frozen. If purchased frozen, directions for baking will be on the bag. Do not microwave; the texture will not be as intended.

  • Buttered Bagel or Roll, 2.90
  • Bagel & Cream Cheese, 4.15
  • Foxy Loxy, 12.70: Homemade plain cream cheese, Nova lox, capers, & scallions on a bagel
  • Add Nova lox to any sandwich, 6.50 per serving

Homemade Cream Cheese, 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

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Pastry Shoppe: Homemade Pastries & Cookies

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Scones: 3.95: These individual sized goodies are made fresh daily and change through the week. 

Today’s scone: Cranberry Almond

New York Style Buttermilk Crumb Cake: 3.75 per square.

Black & White Cookies: 3.95: 

Cakey buttermilk cookies topped with corn syrup-based icing; white on the whole inverted cookie & dark cocoa on half

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Homemade muffins from SweeTreats in the West Shore Farmer’s Market: 3.65 each, variety each week

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My cafe’ is food-focused and does not offer specialty drinks. While my business model will never change, high equipment cost and lack of space are also a factor for keeping things here simple.

Feel free to bring a smoothie or specialty drink from one of the great shops in town to have with your sandwich. 

  • Proudly partnering with veteran-owned The 82 Coffee Company.  (82CoffeeCompany.com) They roast green coffee beans from almost every country that produces including Yemen, India, Oaxaca, and Vietnam.  The roasts all have hints of chocolate, caramel, berries, brown sugar, and more. 
  • 2.95; refills 1.25
  • Gourmet Hot Tea 1.90
  • Gourmet Hot Cocoa 2.40
  • Pepsi/Diet 1.85
  • Aquafina Water 1.10
  • Hal’s New York Ginger Ale 2.85
  • Orange, Apple, or Cranberry Juice 2.95
  • Bottled Pink or Yellow Lemonade 3.75
  • All Iced Tea 3.50
  • Starbucks Bottled Coffee Drinks 3.75
  • Chocolate Nesquik 2.55

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Catering Menu

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3 business days’ notice for sandwich & pastry trays

2 business days’ notice for bagel trays

Utensils & napkins not included but can be purchased for .50/set

Call or email (SunriseCafeCarlisle@gmail.com)

Delivery not available

Due to space limitations, orders over 30 sandwiches cannot be accepted

Catering is provided within normal business hours

Orders placed for weekends must be picked up by 8:30 am

Pastry/Muffin Trays

Must order at least 12 pastries in order to have them displayed on a tray.

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

All pastries are homemade; a larger quantity of one item as opposed to a mix will require one weeks’ notice.

$5 charge for tray, wrap, & bow.

Assorted Bagel Tray $43.50 

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

Nova Lox

6.50 per serving; to be displayed on a catering tray, must purchase 15 or more servings. 

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.


The Office Lunch Tray

7-10: $87.99

11-14: $114.99

15-18: $145.99

A great combination tray: Smithfield ham with American and Perdue turkey with Havarti on assorted breads and rolls with lettuce and tomato; Thumann’s corned beef with Swiss on both rye and marble rye (no lettuce or tomato).  Comes with pickle slices, mayo, & mustard.

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Room Rental

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  • The back dining room is available for seminars, meetings, and get togethers Tuesday-Friday, 8 am – 11:30 am.
  • 12 person minimum for room reservation.
  • Plenty of outlets for tech equipment.  Equipment not provided.
  • 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. If they are connected for a roundtable, 14-15 is the max.
  • Buffet style service
  • $17.50 per person for breakfast, $20.50 per person for lunch.  Includes one sandwich (same sandwiches as the Egg Tray and Office Lunch Tray above), choice of two beverages (coffee w/refills, tea, water, juice), 15% gratuity, sales tax, nominal 3.5 hour room rental fee ($1.50 per person)
  • Changes to the food can be made; cost per person may increase.
  • Please note: If less people show up than what was initially discussed and this is not communicated prior to the making of the food, the extra sandwiches must be paid for at the menu price before departing (not the per person price)
  • If your party simply wants to sit and have coffee/tea over a meeting, this may be done as well within the timeframe mentioned above.  There would be a $75/hour room rental fee and drinks can be paid for separately. All attendants must make a purchase.
  • After-hours room rental is not available.
  • Call to reserve your date and discuss necessary details 223-212-5192, ask for Tara (owner)