While at the coast (Astoria) for the long weekend, I was lucky enough to stumble upon The Columbian (Columbia?) Cafe. Having a working knowledge of what occurs in restaurants, I am always thrilled to see an "open kitchen." This wass the case at the Colombian and, grabbing a bar stool, I was able to preview the food a bit before ordering. I generally avoid eating out for breakfast as I find menus to be generic. Not so here. Crepes dominate the menu, but other fine options such as scrambles, frittatas and burritos appear. I chose a spinach and three-cheese crepe, my friend a veggie frittata. One note: this place serves only vegetarian and seafood dishes, so no bacon sides! While waiting, we are served fresh sliced and toasted sourdough brioche-esque bread, complete with three homemade jalapeño jellies and one homemade salsa. Meanwhile, the chef produces a most scrumptious meal, and perhaps most amazingly, all prep work and cooking is done in plain view and on the spot. No pre-chopped tomatoes, pre-shredded cheese etc. My crepe was appropriately thin and tender, the spinach cooked but not overly so.
All of this for five bucks!
They also do lunch and dinner.