Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Breakfast Club

This breakfast club certainly doesn't take place during detention... but its easily just as much fun as the flick. I don't know how I have lived so close to this restaurant for years and had no idea that it existed. Its hours are limited, and I think locals are keeping it a secret so that they don't have to wait as long to get seated. I'm bad at keeping secrets, I think everyone should have the opportunity to love this place as much as I do, and the wait.. well its worth it.

This place is in a word whimsical. Each time I go there I really feel like I am being served something that is decedent and special. I feel like whoever is whipping up the dishes in the kitchen must really like me! It's a very personal experience. The wait staff is very nice, they give great recommendations, and the food is really in a league of its own. The coffee I might add is accompanied by a selection of premium creams. This might not be a big deal to most, but I think its a treat adding amaretto or caramel macchiato to my already great cup of joe.

Last week I tried a special, which is not regularly on the menu. It was an omelet with chicken and artichoke. As I was eating it all I could think was my mother saying, "chicken is not supposed to go on pizza.. and its not supposed to be served with eggs." Anna you are wrong, Chicken should most certainly be served with eggs... I mean why not? - sausage, ham, bacon, and steak have made their way to the breakfast table.

The week before I tried a California Eggs Benedict. It was outrageously good. The eggs were cooked perfectly, the bacon was much thicker and crispier than I would have ever expected, and they weren't cheap with the avocado. I can't tell you how much that makes me smile. The hollandaise sauce didn't overpower this very light benedict. Loved it. For me the star is their option of tomatoes au gratin as opposed to hash browns. God Bless you tomatoes au gratin. The tomatoes are cooked with panko bread crumbs, mozzarella & Parmesan.. they are almost an Adkins dream. ALMOST.

After breakfast my husband and I ordered the creme brule french toast.. was it necessary? no. where we hungry? no.. But, I'm a sucker for Creme brule. It was incredible. It tasted like a giant custard sponge cake of vanilla and caramel. French Toast will never be the same.  

To end our perfect meal we were surprised with chocolate covered strawberries that sat atop of the check. The thing I loved most was not that they were fresh, but was that it was this token of.. "Here have one more bite before you leave us." It felt like such a southern hospitality gesture, and I will look forward to it each and every time we visit. As I said the Breakfast Club is a special restaurant that I am excited to share. There are no shortcuts taken in their service and preparation. They are welcoming and the food is worth the wait. Food that is interesting, creative, and truly satisfies the soul.

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