Have been passing by and eyeing the Cricket Cafe for some time on my way to Stumptown in the Belmont district. They are open for breakfast and lunch until 3 p.m.on weekdays and 3:30 on weekends. Based on this first experience I strongly recommend it and will definitely go back.
The ambiance is better than it looks from the outside, while the tables are smallish, the chairs are comfy and the servers wear t-shirts with sassy sayings such as "toast this" on the back.
They are apparently known for their hash browns, which are quite good, not quite as good as Fat Alberts, but the best in town after that. They have a variety of scrambles, omelets, a whole section of hash browns+toppings, pancakes and french toast. Their biscuits looked good as well. Lots of vegetarian options and they are one of the few places that serve yummy pepper bacon for the carnivores.
We started with what they claim is the best cinnamon roll in town and it was quite good - an old timey version - fresh and soft- with an emphasis on the cinnamon and a vanilla glaze. Very good and homey, large enough to share.
They we split the "Cricket Cafe Omelet" their signature dish --a huge omelet that is stuffed with pepper bacon, hash browns nicely done, sauteed onions and cheddar, then topped with a chicken-apple gravy/white sauce that is very nice. It sounds kinda gross but it's really quite good. Definitely something to share.
Also sampled one of their pancakes, I'd put it up there near Zell's and the Original Pancake House, nice texture and great flavor. Their coffee is decent, a french roast, and their prices were decent, with many items in the $6 range, considerably less for simple things.
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