When seeking any breakfast, be it in Atlanta or elsewhere, I make it almost a general rule of thumb to avoid any spot that has the word ’egg’ in it. You see, 'egg' screams generic to me like 'ladder' does to a firefighter. Sure, the ladder is a major tool of the trade and is used daily, but throwing up a ladder on the side of a structure isn't what makes the local news. But when done right, an experienced firefighter will recognize it for what it truly is, a piece of art.
It takes much practice and skill to expertly handle a ladder. To ensure the butt end is adequately far enough from the structure to measure the correct climbing angle, that it's spun facing the right direction to make certain it doesn't compromise it's rated weight capacity, the knot is fashioned safely and efficiently to tie off the halyard, the amount of extension is such for the desired use; be it rescue, search, emergency egress, etc. Sure it's easy in theory and as long as you get it up, it serves a purpose. Eggs fall into the same category for me. Easy to learn, terribly hard to master, I appreciate a good egg.
Upon entering the restaurant, one walks into the café end, an eclectic mishmash of coffee house and subway station (I couldn’t help but be reminded of The General Muir). Be it the large communal table, the book lined shelf, or the file cabinet stuffed with sugars, it was a fun vibe. The white subway tiles stood contrast to the bottles, cakes and staff. Nice.
|Functional outdoor patio|
|Belgium Waffle with Spiced Butter|
|Fried Green Tomato Wrap with Roasted Garlic Grits|
My wife stuck to the traditional build your own omelet. Seeing Smoked Gouda on the menu she made her start there and surround it up with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and jalapeños. A side of skillet potatoes (just standard quality) and a biscuit (better then most but not great) rounded out the dish. Overall, I’d have to say a shrug of the shoulders dish.
Bottomless coffee (solid) was offered tableside, cutlery is packaged in a wooden box, and service offered by a courteous wait staff. Note that I did not partake in any alcoholic beverages (it was breakfast people) nor anything from the bakery as I usually do, but the bakery offerings, though slim by the time we reached the place, looked their part. I was told that ordering is upon request, nice.
Review date: Jan 2014