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Auntie Em's : first visit...


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Auntie Em's : first visit...

silence9 | Jan 31, 2005 11:02 AM

Hello... Yes, we were up for some breakfast yesterday morning and paid our first visit to Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock. What followed was a series of fortuitous events that made the excursion a simple pleasure. Despite the late morning hour, we found nearby street parking, then breezed right into their smallish space and immediately found ample table room and attentive staff. You order at their user-friendly counter and seat yourself. The staff was warmly attitude-free, in a Venice-beach-circa-1985 way, reminescent of simpler times. The over all impression was that of being treated to the homemade fare of just-discovered relatives preparing basic food with an eclectic flair... My scrambled eggs (3 easily) were firm yet fluffy, mounded high atop a split cajun turkey suasage (think hotlink), the heat of which melted slices of gruyere cheese into the chewy sliced ciabatta bread foundation. Wife had same, but with applewood smoked bacon, and a kiddie's portion of a crusty/creamy pancake sprinkled with coconut. This is easy food, but the gestalt of the experience was so pleasant as to put the kabosh on my usual dread of late morning weekend breakfast dining... Before leaving, we got to-go orders of the oft mentioned cupcakes: one coconut and one red velvet. The coconut is the way to go, with plenty of shreds populating the interior of the cupcake. As for the red velvet, hmm: it's deeply red and fun to eat in that way that blue food is also fun to eat. But no discernible red taste (don't know what I was expecting). Both cupcakes had a silky creamcheese frosting, not cloying to my taste. And these cupcakes are sized for the hungry hippo in me: like small grapefruits... This place may be nothing new to many diners here, but it was a most pleasant surprise. Good chow, kind service, easy vibe. Will be back.

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