We had a delightful breakfast at Kimmie's Cup this morning in Old Town Orange.Kimmie's has grown from one location to several in the Orange County area, and now even one in Nevada.
This is the first time we've eaten at any of them, as there are so many fun places in Orange near the Traffic Circle to try. Kimmie's is just south of Gastropub.
We arrived and placed our name on the list outside the doorway. There were several tables outside as well as lots of tables and a counter inside, and the place was busy - a good indicator! This location is really a charming place, and a model of efficiency. The layout of the long room is really well-thought out - from behind the counter the staff can see just about all of the indoor tables and be there within a few short steps.
We opted for the counter instead of waiting longer for a table. KImmie's coffee cups are cute, oversized and chubby, and offers of refills were frequent and friendly. The staff of smiling gals is attentive and fast with service and requests. Our breakfasts came relatively quickly considering the crowd, and hubby remarked that he had never had a hotter breakfast, perhaps because the kitchen was just a few feet away. Don't expect the plates to match, either - there's a certain homey charm to a variety of different patterned dishes, sort of like grandma's country kitchen. And everything seems quite clean as well - kudos to the manager who really knows her game!
Both our breakfasts were quite good - hubby had a homestyle plate - Country Scramble, with gravy over the entree and the side of biscuits. I enjoyed the "Irish Benedict" with minced corned beef hash on English muffins topped with poached eggs and sauce. I liked the choice of potatoes or fruit, and was offered 2 options - either melon chunks or a bowl of berries. The berries were fresh raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc.- a nice change of pace from melon. Hubby managed to finish his (just barely) and I opted to take home half of the Benedict to enjoy later for a small lunch, since we finished breakfasting about 10:30.
A charming environment, friendly & fast service, tasty food at reasonable prices - all in all, a very nice breakfast. Just one exception - with one long wall of brick, tiled floor, open kitchen and no booth seating, (no acoustical buffer) the din was quite loud, so folks were raising their voices accordingly to be heard by one another. Not a problem for those used to lots of noise, but for those of us with sensitive ears . . . well, next time I'll bring some ear plugs! Kimmie's is too good to pass up!
City of Orange Location
190 South Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866-1478