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Ella's -- Why?

Rochelle McCune | Sep 21, 2002 10:07 AM

Friday morning, Michael and I were in the Laural Village area. I dropped him off at a doctor's and used my 15 minutes to scout for a breakfast place. I quickly saw Miss Brown's, Ella's and another place whose name I forget (it was open for breakfast but didn't have eggs on the menu!!?). I picked up Michael and told him the options. Miss Brown's Feed Bag looked pretty cool but their signs promote lunch and dinner. I though I remembered Ella's winning some Best of award. It was only after we parked that I saw the "Neo-Classic American Cuisine" painted on the window.

The breakfast menu was not particularly robust.

I had a the two eggs and fried corn meal with a biscuit. Michael had the chicken hash, two eggs with a biscuit. We both had orange juice and cappucinos. Service was acceptable. The decor - wood tables w/o table cloths, spare design elements, big windows, sunny. The place was packed and really loud. The orange juice tasted fresh squeezed. I requested a flat cappucino but got a regular (not surprising, but at most places if they don't know what "flat" is, they ask). They missed "medium" on my eggs. The biscuit was pretty good even though they appear to use some wheat flour in their blend. The "hash" was really a chicken & potato cake that was crispy on the outside and soft & creamy on the inside. Michael liked it.

The meal was $37 with tip.

I won't be going back. It was a perfectly competant execution of standard breakfast fare but for me the cost/value percentage was totally inappropriate. I don't mind paying more for something special but my dish was ordinary food that was maybe $1 worth of ingrediants.

Some of my regular breakfast places are Just for You, Bloo, Miss Millies, Suppenkuche, Squat & Gobble, Puerto Allegre and such. All of which I love and all of which have something unique that draws me there. But I just don't get what's so great about Ella's. Has this place really won awards or did I mis-remember? Who out there likes this place? Why? Did we mis-order? Is there some totally fabulous item on the menu that justifies the price? Or am I just cheap and $40 for breakfast is the going price?

FYI - A flat cappucino is one with steamed milk, no foam.

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