OK - I am pretty sure that we weren't brainwashed by the Scientologists across the street and that this place is very good. Good enough to go there for both breakfasts this weekend.
Saturday it was just me and the husband. The place was nearly full when we arrived, but they cleared a place quickly and welcomed us energetically. They are clearly very proud of their fresh, quality ingredients and will launch into a speech about flown-in grits, Nueske bacon and Cowgirl Creamery cheese if you let them. We let them. Once.
We were urged to try their baked egg dishes which are served straight from the oven in skillets. I tried the braised lamb shank with grits and gremolata and he had the chorizo, gruyere, tomato, onions, tortilla and salsa roja. Both dishes were very well done, but not really what I want for breakfast. The lamb was a little too stew-y and rich and there was just too much ground chorizo in the other one. The salsa roja that came with the chorizo was really fantastic and we put it on everything. Very spicy and rich. We also ordered a side of fruit which came with organic blood oranges, honeydew, bananas and pink lady apples. It was very nice and a bargain for 2.50.
So, we had to come back the next day and brought friends. We had an omelette, 2 pressed egg sandwiches with bacon and the pancakes with bananas and citrus caramel. We also had to get some of that salsa roja from the day before and put it on everything. I preferred the simpler egg dishes to the ones from the day before. The quality ingredients really shined in that perfect egg sandwich. Pancakes were slightly crispy on the outside with a fluffy interior. The banana caramel stuff on top was amazing and the really good syrup they brought was unnecessary.
I am kind of in love with this place and can't wait to try lunch. Everything is priced reasonably and the coffee is good. The space is very pleasant and they have a cute patio out back. I'd love to hear what others think.
4854 Fountain Ave. - right across from the giant blue Scientology momolith. A couple of blocks west of Vermont.