12 September 2009

Back to Basics: Daily Cafe

Two Eggs, Home Fries, 8 Grain Toast, $6.95 with Chicken Apple Sausage or Applewood Smoked Bacon; $8.50

I normally never go to breakfast and order basic eggs and potatoes, but for some reason over at Daily Café, they know how to make the most essential breakfast flare. This may be due to their seasonal menu and farm fresh eggs. If you haven’t been to Daily Café, you must add it to your list of breakfast staples. Not only is the food delicious and they serve Café Umbria coffee, but I’ve never had to wait more than a few minutes for a table to clear—got to love breakfast joints that utilize counter service.

Their blackboard menu holds a few basics including oatmeal, yogurt with granola and a breakfast Panini (which looks really good, but is bland; don’t get it, I’ve been tricked twice now). The other half of their menu includes four specials: one meal with eggs and toast, one unique scramble, one savory omelet and something sweet as well. The specials are always fresh, using a combination of veggies and herbs. My friend ordered the Green Eggs and Ham: Scrambled eggs with spinach pesto, black forest ham and Parmesan cheese. The pesto made the eggs and ham pop and the Parmesan gave it a rich sharpness.

I ordered the two eggs and asked for them scrambled with white cheddar, home fries, 8 grain toast with homemade marionberry jam (this jam is incredible!) and added applewood smoked bacon. The eggs were perfectly scrambled with the cheese melted through. Their 8 grain toast, from Gabriel’s, is unlike any other I’ve had and almost tastes like French toast. The potatoes are well seasoned with a bit of a zing and the apple wood bacon is, well bacon, so obviously delicious.

The feel in Daily Café is simple, with an industrial ceiling and windows, a scattering of wooden tables, including a large community table and bright red plastic chairs. With the menu’s written on chalkboards, this place could be mistaken for an adult’s kindergarten classroom!

Word to the wise . . . on Sundays Daily Cafe only serves their 3 course Prix Fix brunch menu. I've yet to try it, but have heard its wonderful.

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