Category Archives: Restaurants

Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop, aka heaven

This past weekend we (Abe and I, and our friends Chuck and Bill) made our not often enough pilgrimage to Thomasville, GA to have dinner at Liams.  While we were planning our trip, we decided to also stop at the Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop for a cheese board and some wine before dinner.  Sweet Grass Dairy (SGD) is a local cheese-making-family-run farm which makes award winning, and very importantly, super tasty cheeses.  The SGD family decided somewhat recently to open up a very comfortable and welcoming store and restaurant, selling and serving some foodie delights.

Go in. Trust me.

The Cheese Shop is a neat mix of store and restaurant, with an eclectic mix of seating options from square and round tables to large tables for communal dining and a bar, all around displays of food, wine and cheese.

There are hanging chalk board menus with up-to-the-moment availability of wine, beer and cheese, as well as a paper menu of sandwiches and such.  We were there a little late on a Saturday night, and as such there had clearly been a run on alcohol before us limiting us just a little, but the options available earlier were varied and  interesting.  Good American craft beers and international wines.

I really want to go back and try a sandwich or three

All the cheese platters looked interesting, but we really want to stick with SGD cheeses so we picked the Taste of Thomasville with some additions (see all the cheeses they sell here).  We ended up having the Thomasville Tomme (which a burning question of how that is properly said was finally answered.  Like tome, not tom which is what I had been calling it), the Lil Moo (buttery spreadable cheese, amazing with preserves), Black Swan (beer washed gouda varietal), Clayburne (a winter cheddar), and Pimento Cheese (which is my cheese obsession right now).

The board! From the top left around, Tomme, Pimento, Black Swan, Clayburne, Lil Moo

Our cheese board came out on a piece of slate with a good helping of salted crackers and local pecans with honey (cue the north vs. south argument about how to properly pronounce this nut).  I really enjoyed all the cheeses, but given my obsession, the pimento cheese was probably my favourite.  I can’t even properly describe the flavour now that I think about it, as I attacked it in some sort of zealous haze.  Oops. The pecans paired exceptionally well with the Black Swan, which had a great Gouda flavour but I admit I didn’t pick up the beer like I maybe should have.  The cheddar had a slight aged bite, but was overall an easy to eat and like cheddar. The Lil Moo was really good (I like me some spreadable cheese), but keep in mind if you are serving it you will want to pair it with a preserve of some kind, it is more buttery than flavourful on it’s own.  And finally, the Tomme is always wonderful, and FYI, it’s available at both Earth Fare and New Leaf (and others I bet) here in Tallahassee, so try it if you haven’t!

Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly, and quick to get us fresh wine ;).  Thomasville is well worth the trip from Tallahassee, and I really recommend ending your shopping day at the Cheese Shop for a beverage and some cheese, or one of the amazing looking sandwiches for a hardier meal.  Or frankly, I loved the place enough to go to Thomasville just for it.

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Birds Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack

Someone is excited to eat!

A great debate had been brewing about where the best burger in town was. I had thrown my weight behind Birds Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack, partly because they had great burgers but also because it’s one of the few if only places near campus you can get raw oysters too. Coincidentally, our friend Julia (@BookishJulia) had been going on about how good the grouper sandwich was. We decided to head over on a Friday and see if, in the immortal words of former Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green, they were who we thought they were.

Oysters anyone?

Birds ranks with some of the finest dives I’ve been too. At the corner of Tennessee and Bronough streets, it may look like a picnic table patio bar to the uninitiated. Things don’t get much better inside, where the aroma of stale beer and industrial-strength cleaner greet you. The floors are painted concrete and a beaded curtain serves as the entrance to the restroom area. On a positive note, the place is adorned with some cool, old memorabilia.

What Birds lacks in looks it makes up for with food. It’s more than a notch above typical bar fare. First off, did I mention they serve raw oysters? That’s no small undertaking for a place largely staffed with twenty-somethings (apologies to responsible twenty-something oyster shuckers) . We ordered a dozen straight away and made quick work of them. Due to the time of year, most oysters we had in recent weeks were a bit on the puny side; these were considerably larger.

The best, if only, grouper sandwich this side of Monroe.

Because the menu is not extensive, it has allowed Birds to hone their craft, which is why they get high marks for their sandwiches. It should be mentioned that birds only serves oysters and four different sandwiches (menu here). Where they get creative is with the toppings. Sara and Julia ordered grouper, both with blue cheese. I got a blackened hamburger with lettuce, tomato, onion and peanut butter.* The list of toppings and spices is substantial. Sara and I split the burger and grouper. Both were fantastic. I wouldn’t recommend blue cheese on the grouper as it is quite overpowering. The burger was really phenomenal. I still think it’s the best in Tallahassee (disclaimer: I haven’t been to Monks).

You don’t need to see the burger goodness to know it’s there. Just trust me.

Birds Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack is and will continue to be a Tallahassee landmark in my book. If you are a lover of oysters and burgers or grouper, then you’ll be in for a treat!

-Abe

*I didn’t get peanut butter on my burger, but I would if I didn’t have to share!

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Tijuana Flats

Warning: interior design may cause seizures.

Not many Tex-Mex chain restaurants in Tallahassee are worthy of recognition. Tijuana Flats on Mahan is the exception. Knowing there are only so many ways to spin tortillas, cheese, beans, and meat, they put their energy into other areas that keep people coming back for more.

Hot sauce, compliments of the house.

We went to Tijuana Flats on a recent Tuesday with our newest food allies: Ashley, Mindy and Susan. Talk about VIPs. Not only did the whole wait staff know them by name but knew exactly what food to bring them at our table! It seemed as though everyone was a regular there. The waitresses scurry around like worker bees in a hive. Our waitress didn’t let two minutes pass before she would ask if we needed anything. As first time guests, we got a free basket of chips and two salsas. The manager stopped by to check on us. Upon hearing the salsa bar didn’t have Mindy’s favorite hot sauce, he ran to the back and got her a complimentary bottle. The staff and management get a ton of credit for making this place work so well.

Two tacos on Taco Tuesday

The highlight of the trip for me was definitely the hot sauce bar. They probably had just under 20 hot sauces available, some so incendiary that they carried a warning! The sauces’ heat range from “sissy sauces” to “death wish”. The hottest sauce I could find on the bar that night was one called Green Ghost, which was made from the renowned Naga Bhut Jolokia hot pepper. For you hot sauce aficionados,  it clocked in at an impressive 1.2 million scoville units (jalapeno pepper=5000 scoville units). Heat is definitely my thing, but for those of you with more sensitive palettes, they have some wonderfully sweet, tangy, tingly sauces. Though not all are available at the hot sauce bar, here is a list of the hot sauces they sell.

Tijuana Flats also does two theme nights a week: Taco Tuesday and Throwback Thursday. You can get two tacos, chips and a drink for $4.99 every Tuesday. For $5.99 you get a burrito, chips and a drink on Thursday. A word of caution: both the restaurant and website share a form of avant-garde comic book decor that is very un-Tex-Mex. Just go with it!

-Abe

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I have a new love. And it’s Shell Oyster Bar

I knew I would love this place.  I really did.  It had all the right possible ingredients I tend to like.  No.frills.local.oyster.bar.seafood.joint.  And boy, did I love it!

I’ve tried to go before.  It just has crazy hours (to this girl at least.  I have never lived in a city where places can actually afford to stay open only during lunch!!!).  Oh, and before I forget, it’s cash only!

As part of some restaurant homework that I *have* to do (more on that another time), I finally made it there during normal hours.  I was running between meetings across town, and I happened to catch Abe also running across town at a time where we both could grab lunch.  Shell is behind a Subway off of South Monroe (114 East Oakland Avenue), in a random back alley parking lot attached to a mechanic in a former gas station.  Don’t question it.  Just make a parking spot for yourself and get in there.

One part of the outside (don’t go in there, like I tried to)

And now I’m actually reading the hours on the handy menu they gave me when they heard it was my first time there.  And in fact it is not as restricted as I thought!  M-Tr: 11-6; Friday: 11-7; Saturday: 11-6.  So, there you go.  Lots of great seafood eating time!

The other half of the outside (the part you are supposed to go in)

Practically every person who walked into the restaurant was greeted by name, and everyone else was quickly hello-ed.  In general, this place dishes up incredible good ol’ southern charm service (see what I did there?).  The guys serving us genuinely wanted to make sure we were comfortable and had what we needed.

It’s me! At the bar

We sat at the bar, but there were tables to sit at as well.  I was immediately served up a dozen raw oysters on a tray with homemade cocktail sauce and the other normal items  to help one eat delicious, delicious oysters.  Oysters are just starting to come back into season (ish), so they are small right now across town.  But these ones were tasty and fresh :).  I’m used to getting Apalachicola oysters around these parts, but we were told these were from Spring Creek.  Abe swears that the oysters tasted less salty than ones we have had before.  Maybe it’s the location they came from.  Maybe it’s in his head.

Moving on, the cocktail sauce was a little more on the BBQ sauce side of flavour, rather than a ketchup flavour, with only very mild horseradish.  If you like the nasal kick, you will want to get extra horseradish.

I bet you thought I was kidding about the tray bit

We also ordered some steamed Cajun spiced shrimp. They were very fresh tasting, and the seasoning a touch spicy and finger licking tasty.

Shrimp-tastic

Finally, we got a lunch basket with fried oysters (my bad, I meant to say scallops, but I got confused while eating oysters and ordering at the same time).  The lunch basket came with the half and half tea I was drinking (score!), hush puppies, fries and coleslaw.  As a note, there were lots of other side options other than what we got, like beans, or cheesy grits, or macaroni salad, or you get the point.

Fried goodness

Now, I’m normally a pretty healthy, non-fried food eater, and I usually like my seafood not fried.  But I will always go to Shell’s if I have that hankering.  Because they did fried good y’all (did I use that right?).  The batter on the oysters was crispy, thin and flavourful.  Not oil soggy at all.  They must heat their oil nice and hot and keep it clean.  Or they have some other trick.  Because, damn.  The fries, certainly a frozen variety, also tasted awesome because of the same great oil treatment!  And the coleslaw was creamy, but not too mayo-ey (says Abe, that doesn’t exist to me, the lover of mayo), and of the type I always remember from my childhood of family treat nights of KFC.  The hush puppies were probably the most disappointing thing, they were okay and just typical.  No fun added flavours inside.

Overall, check it out folks!  It’s worth a drive for lunch, I think it’s the best seafood in town.  I want more now.  And the service was so friendly and welcoming, that doubly makes me want more now!  Just as a note, this was not a cheap *lunch*, but it was well priced seafood.  And we got a lot of seafood, and frankly seafood isn’t cheap anywhere.  But this will be fresh seafood, well worth the lunch treat!  I’ve had more expensive, and much worse.  Okay, I really want more now.

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Luna’s in Midtown

I’ve had the chance to grab a sandwich from Luna’s Italian Food a few different times while working in the coffee shop next door, and man I have never been disappointed.  Luna’s is a not so hidden secret right in the Manor @ Midtown.  It doesn’t get the press that places around may get, but they are making just as great of food in there as those other places.  And every time I go in it seems like they have something new going on!

Look, there it is!

Luna’s is one of those types of places that can fulfill many of your needs.  They do the freshly made take-home-and-heat-up thing.  They are a mini supermarket for hard to find Italian food and assorted drink (including lots of stateside beers that Chris, of Third Wheel fame, has never seen in the city before).  They have real Italian gelato (pistachio, come to sara).  They have quinoa salad!  Fresh daily soup!  Fresh bread!  And sandwiches.  And pizza made in a parking lot, but more on that later.

It’s not fancy, but it has what you need. And what you didn’t think you needed

The other side.

I can be sort of meh about sandwiches, but if you put it on freshly baked bread and slap it on an Italian press, forgetaboutit.  I would line up for an hour for a good one.  And Luna’s has many good ones!  I have gotten the Caprese  a few times, which is a nice fresh mozzarella sandwich with pesto, tomato, and a surprising and welcome addition of really good prosciutto.  This past time I got the tuna to mix things up a little (I get crazy on coffee shop days).  I am normally a mayo fan, but I really enjoyed their non-mayo-ey version, which was more acidic than I typically go for (with lemon and capers), with a pleasant sundried tomato undertone.  The tuna was particularly noticeable in that it wasn’t just a bland canned version you get at Publix, they must use some sort of specialty tuna.   And best of all was the herbed bread.  It.was.awesome.

Tuna goodness if you squint (sorry, takeout sandwiches are hard to photograph)

Another interesting menu item that is a new addition involves a true blue pizza oven in the parking lot!  It seems Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (starting at a late lunch time of 1pm) they break out a wood fire pizza oven hitch and go to town!  Awesome!  The pizza’s looked really good, and I saw some fresh mozzarella and basil on many which had me drooling.

Yup. That’s right.

In general, Luna’s is understated and not as hyped as it deserves.  You’ll enjoy your lunch, believe me!  The sandwiches are typical lunch prices of $6-8 per sandwich (big eaters will probably want to add a bag of chips on the side).  Keep in mind the quality of the ingredients when you look at the pricing, and that almost everything I could see what made in house.  And it’s locally owned (with a cute story about the owners on the website)!  Try something different in Midtown! And I bet you go home with an Italian grocery item you didn’t know you needed.

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Dog Et Al

Never have I been so happy to miss breakfast than this afternoon. A co-worker suggested going to Dog Et Al for lunch. I got excited. This place had been hyped to me like Chuck E Cheese’s to a three year old. As my friend Phil says, I’ve only got so many meat points in a week. I was about to cash mine in, big time.

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

The place looks like an old fashion diner, which is a credit to the designers because it was supposedly a gas station in a former life. If you’re a vegetarian, you’ve got no business going to Dog Et Al.  “All Beef Franks” in bold letters are the first thing you see on the overhead menu. Friendly food prep/order takers greet you when you step up. I asked for the Footlong Dog with chili and coleslaw. “Anything else?” the kindly dog slinger asked. I looked at the menu: sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup, sauteed onion, relish, mayo and peppers were the other options. Nope. “If you decide you want anything else, just bring it back up and we’ll add it”.  Service – check.

Ironically, the hotdog was the healthiest thing in the tray.

I combo’d it up with chips (fries are the other option), a drink, and fried apple pie. For those of you old enough to remember, think of the McDonald’s apple pie before they started baking them. Why more restaurants don’t fry their pies, I have no idea. If I was a business trying to make money, I’d sell fried apple pies. That’s me. The chips were the old fashioned kind, presumably cooked in peanut oil that morning.

The fried apple pie wasn’t even the best part of the meal, the chili was. I come from Ohio where Skyline chili is king. This chili made Skyline taste like cafeteria slop. I took my first bite and it…was…bliss. That’s when I looked around and noticed EVERYONE had chili on their dogs. Dog Et Al is actually a chili joint posing as a hot dog stand. The hot dog is just a carrier, like the bun. It’s there for texture. Next time out, I’m getting a chili and coleslaw dog, hold the hot dog. No kidding. At the end, we were all smiles. Yeah it was wrong, but we had all had hard weeks. We DESERVED this!

The defendants

We had the good fortune to get there before noon. The restaurant was pretty much dead to that point. Then all hell broke loose. It filled quickly. Keep in mind this is on south Monroe. If you’re eating there, you almost have to go out of your way. If you’re not a hot dog person, no problem: they have polish sausages, turkey dogs, bratwursts, and smoked sausages (menu here).

“Is there anywhere we can grab a nap around here?”

Make sure to pick up a plastic fork and knife at the counter when you order because you’ll need them. The food is beyond satisfying and affordable: $10 for a combo with drink. I’m already looking forward to my next visit.

-Abe

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Sage

This is embarrassing. I’d assumed we’d written on all of our favorite eateries in Tallahassee. How could we have missed Sage, a restaurant that’s easily in the top three? This is the same Sage that someone reportedly broke into and set ablaze, closed for nearly a year, and re-opened better than ever. Though I liked the french diner setup they had before the fire, their new digs are tre’ cool.

Sara and Alison, getting ready to throw back some snails for breakfast.

We had an opportunity to go for Sunday brunch with some friends this past week after our tubing trip got rained out. It doesn’t open until 11am on Sunday, and by the time we got there a sizable crowd had gathered. I pushed a couple older individuals to the ground and got to the front of the line. As we were being seated, the waitress apologized: they were still printing the menus for that day. Cool.

Sunny side up egg over slow cooked pork belly with sweet potato and bacon hash, side of fried whole okra. Forgetaboutit!

Sage’s menu is predominantly french cuisine: crepes, croque monsieur, duck terrine and escargot are all regulars. Besides the extensive menu, our waitress rattled off at least three specials. I was pining for bacon and boy did I get it: braised pork belly with sweet potato-bacon hash and fried whole okra.*

Eggs benedict with seasonal vegetables.

Sara got the eggs benedict equivalent and Allison got my second choice: brined, roasted turkey breast  with brie cheese and a fruit preserve on a croissant. We took a passing interest in the dessert menu but the bay leaf ice cream with orange biscotti caught my attention. If you’ve not had bay leaf ice cream, it’s really, really good.

Chuck begging for food.

Everyone else seemed to like their food as well. I should mention Sara and I have eaten at Sage once before together and several times on our own with friends. The food there is really on par with the best in the city. They have a creative menu, are very reasonably priced, and never disappoint.

*Special thanks to Mike Bonfanti for use of the word pining. The man’s vocabulary knows no bounds.

-Abe

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Good ol’ home cookin’ at Geraldine’s Originals

The story goes that Geraldine has been selling her jams for 10 years at a road stop, and all she wanted to was to move into a store front. The health people said she would have to have a full food licence to open this jam store, and Geraldine thought, what the heck, I’ll serve some food to go with my jam.

And now Geraldine has a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, just the way she knows how to serve it. And it is wonderful Southern cooking. The website doesn’t seem to work, but her address is: 2522 Capital Circle Northeast #6 Tallahassee, FL 32308.

Store front

Inside the small restaurant there are about 6 tables, a full wall of jam and other homemade preserves and goodies, and friendly folk working and cooking. This is the type of place when you walk in the door the first words said to you is “What can I get you to eat”.

Wall o’ jams

Geraldine working a table next to us

You must be noticing by now that this Canadian is fascinated by real Southern charm and especially real Southern cookin’. And Geraldine’s Original is the place to get both.

Our table

The menu is small, and exceptionally well priced

Menu…squint to see the options!

The food is homemade. The sweet tea is sweet. And the cooking all happens on an electric stove just tucked behind the main eating area.

Abe and I were with our friend Casey, so we ordered three different things (and because I tend to pick eating partners who like to share I got a taste of them all). There were many off the menu specials the day we were there, and Abe and Casie ordered some of those.

Abe ordered chicken and dumplings, which came with (pan) fried okra, black eyed peas (also had possible choice of fries, squash and pink peas) and biscuit (or cornbread). I’ll admit that I have never had chicken and dumplings before, so I can’t say if it is really as amazing as I thought it tasted but man I liked it! The chicken was flavourful, and the dumplings were satisfying. The okra tasted great, and the black eyed peas tasted wonderful with only a small amount of fat in them ;).

Chicken and dumplings

Casie ordered BBQ chicken with the same sides as Abe, although with cornbread. The chicken was a tender thigh and leg, with a nice thick sweet BBQ sauce on it (my favourite type). The cornbread was probably the most disappointing thing about the meal, it was dry and didn’t have much corn bread flavour. Go with the biscuit…and enjoy the large tray of Geraldine’s jellies.

BBQ chicken

Two of the jams we tried

Both Abe and Casie’s meals were $8, and quite hardy. I ordered a smaller meal of freshly made chicken salad sandwich which was a bargain price of $3.50. The chicken salad was heavy on the mayo, which is how I like it, with relish mixed in. The bread was whole wheat, nicely toasted, and a big tomato and lettuce came with it. It was great, satisfying and priced appropriately.

Chicken salad sandwich

Really, I love Geraldine’s Original for the southern comfort food served honestly and affordably. The breakfast is even more affordable, I can’t wait to try that too.

Geraldine’s Originals is new to town, although Geraldine has been selling her jams here for years. The restaurant has been open for a few months, but they are finally having a grand opening on August 25. I suggest checking them out for a soul satisfying meal and friendly people.

Abe and Geraldine herself!

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UPDATE: Geraldine’s eatery has closed. On a recent visit, I spoke with Geraldine briefly and she confirmed they would no longer be serving meals at the store. 

And then there was the oddest restaurant experience ever…

This is going to be an odd restaurant review.  Because we didn’t eat any food! But I’ll get to that…

We are real restaurant geeks, so had been excited for the opening of Backwoods Bistro in Tallahassee.  Almost two weeks after it opened (I mention that because it’s important for context) we headed there on Friday night with some friends.  Abe and I arrived at 8pm and had a drink at the bar waiting for our friends to get there at 8:30, which worked out because there was a 30 minute wait for a table.  When we initially got there, it was busy for sure, but we were some of the last people to come in so it thinned out during our drink.

We sat at the bar and had a cider and beer on draft.  The selection was varied and heavily microbrew oriented, which I liked.   The prices were good for the drinks as well.  The bartender looked a little shell shocked although he wasn’t busy at the time we were there.  He wasn’t as responsive as I am used to from bartenders, but was very knowledgeable.

Draft line up

There is a stage at one end of the bar, and the staff were getting lots of bottle beer on ice, so there must be a bit of a late night crowd that comes in with live music.

Stage

At about 8:35 the hostess came and got us and brought us to a nice booth in the main seating area.  The rest of the restaurant is not much to look at, but I was happy with the booth seating.

Looking out from the booth

The bartender ran our credit card and made it seem like it would be no big deal to transfer our drinks to the table.  We told our server we had drinks at the bar and she said it would be easy to transfer.  We ordered new drinks and things started to get weird.  The hostess came by with scraps of paper in her hand and wondering what we had to drink at the bar because we hadn’t paid.   We told her our server said she had transferred it, and the hostess asked who our server was (if anyone in the restaurant should know that, it should be her).  She walked away confused and came back a few minutes later again asking us what our drinks had been because they had not been transferred and she didn’t know who our server was.  She wandered off after we insisted again the server had the drinks.

Anyways, our server came by and brought 3 of the 4 drinks we had ordered.  The 4th never did make it.  We ordered an appetizer (it was about 8:45 at this time) and she said there was a bit of a kitchen hold up.  We had a pregnant lady with us and it was getting late, so we hurried up to make our main course decisions so we could get it in.  Then the server came back and said it would take over an hour for our food.  We should have left then.  But we were seated and just kept going.

I was having difficulties picking anything from the menu.  I had been under the impression that it was a seafood restaurant, but there were large sections on the menu for sandwiches, pizza and pasta?  In fact, there was not a huge amount of seafood, and not many “local” options.  Things like tuna instead.  In general, nothing was that appealing to me, the menu was a little confused and seemed more roadhouse-ish with lots of melted cheese on things.  I saw some plates go out to tables, and they were heaping with food so if you are a big eater you will get your fill.

Turns out I didn’t have to make a decision.  The server came by at about 9 and announced “the kitchen has told me they are not making any more food tonight”.   Cue my shocked face.  We were told we would not be getting our appetizer.  We could not order our mains.  No.more.food.  So we said we better leave and she replied that would be a good idea.

It was like the kitchen just said “enough”.  The place is new, but had gone through a full weekend of service before we got there, so should have been getting the flow of things when we were there.  We were in the restaurant for an hour, and it was busy but nothing insane.  Maybe the kitchen was in the weeds a little, but to just stop?  With open chits?!  I worked in restaurants for about 5 years and never saw that happen.  Maybe we smelled funny?

Another odd thing was no manager came by.  I could see him, but he sent the server over instead.  And she wasn’t that apologetic.  She did quickly comp our full drinks, and Abe and I paid for the ones we had drank before (she tried to comp those too though).

We left and had amazing sushi.  At a busier restaurant than Backwoods.  In the end, it was better than waiting another hour for our food, and food I didn’t really want.  I will not go back there to try it out again, and honestly there are so many great restaurants in Tally I would really recommend you don’t go either.

 

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Why yes, you can get eggs at the Egg!

Abe and I finally made it to The Egg Cafe and Eatery over the weekend.  So many people talk about this place in town, it is surprising it took so long to get there.  I blame our addiction to a few other breakfast places in town.  Anyways, many people will recognize this place more readily as Another Broken Egg, but it looks like the local Tally owners decided to split with the chain and change the name.  The Egg doesn’t have a website that I could find, including a menu to remind me of the name of some things, but I did find the Another Broken Egg corporate website.  It looks like the Egg is using many of the same menu items but have changed the name of them.  So if you haven’t been back since they changed, don’t worry, you will probably still love the same, re-named things.

We went to the Cap Circle location.  At about 9:30 on a Sunday there was plenty of room to sit and the place was bright and clean.  That may not be the case all the time.

The menu is one of the most impressive I have seen at a breakfast place…holy options batman!  I’m talking Andouille sausage! Chorizo! Avocado!  Seafood!  Brie!  Portabello! I had a tough time choosing, but ended up going with an egg white omelette with bacon and avocado (okay, who am I kidding, it is very difficult for me to not pick something with avocado).  It had melted cheese on it, came with home fries (although I could have gotten fruit or other options), and I substituted in a biscuit for bread.

My meal!

I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited about my omelette.  Some of my most favourite things together.  With melted cheese!  It may have been the egg whites, but overall it was a little dry.  Most disappointing was the lack of the good stuff in it!  The bacon was so finely chopped it was hard to find and could not be tasted, and there was about 1/4 of an avocado total.  Considering those were the only two ingredients in the omelette for about 10$, I was sad.  The hashbrowns were standard, and the biscuit was quite tasty.

Abe gets a little wild sometimes with ordering, and this was one of those times.  He bucked the normal breakfast fare and got a Croque Madame.  That’s pretty much a ham and cheese sandwich under bechamel sauce  with a few eggs on top.  Courageous order at a breakfast place.  Even more so for them to have it on the menu (note my previous comment about the varied menu)!  Abe says he gives them props for having it there.  That is his only comment.

Abe’s meal

And because I told our friends the Parker’s that they would make the blog, and they smiled so nicely despite us all being drenched in sweat from an hour and a half run we had just finished:

Sean and Jessica!

ps, we all apologize for whoever got our seats after us.

In all, the service was wonderful throughout the meal (although there were some kitchen mistakes with the order).  The place is big with large tables for a bigger crowd, which I have noticed is hard to find in this town.  And as my friend Paula just reminded me, there are boozy drink options (great for those family breakfast moments!).  I was impressed by the menu and the potential that was there. If you want something not typical for breakfast but still egg (or sweet, if that’s your thang) oriented, you will like this menu!  And there are lunch choices too.

In the end, the food was okay.  And it was pricey for okay.  Really pricey for okay.  But the coffee was good and refilled many a time!

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