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[SEA] Geraldine's Counter

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[SEA] Geraldine's Counter

Evan | Oct 10, 2005 08:15 PM

I and the sweetie dropped by Geraldine's Counter in Columbia City for brunch on Saturday, having read a P-I article about it that intrigued us.

Geraldine's is essentially an upscale diner (although not pretentious, and also not overpriced the way that some of the Chow Foods places can be).

I had the Slammin--two pancakes, two eggs, bacon. L ordered the French toast. We also got a side of hash browns and a side of sweet potato fries, because we couldn't bear the idea of doing an initial tasting with no potatoes.

There was a bit of confusion with the pancakes, because Geraldine's offers a "Pancakes of the Day." Pancake of the day was sour cream with cinnamon/apple topping, which sounded wonderful to me. When I got my pancakes, they were just typical (although good) buttermilk pancakes. Turns out you only get the special pancakes if you order that specific menu offering, and not if you get one of the other pancake combos.

Bacon was from Bavarian Meats and was exceptional, probably the best restaurant bacon I've had. L had a chicken sausage that was also excellent.

Eggs were perfectly cooked over medium. I liked L's French toast, it was crispy on the exterior and pleasantly squishy on the inside.

The potato dishes were slightly disappointing in an unrealized-potential sort of way. Sweet potato fries were cut in a strange fashion, more like a strip than a typical fry. They weren't quite crispy enough to be perfect, and were a little too thin to be nicely potatoey. They were salted with kosher salt, which didn't work that well for me--rather than an even overall seasoning, you'd get distinctly oversalty blasts in the mouth followed by no salt.

Hash browns, for contrast, were absolutely perfectly seasoned, but could have used a bit more crisp.

Overall I really liked the place, and would like to come back again on a day when they weren't out of biscuits and coffee cake. Nothing we ate dethrones Circa's Louisiana Benedict as my favorite breakfast anywhere, but it was a darn fine meal and well worth stopping by on our way through Columbia City.

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