Finally walked over to Morning Edition Cafe (corner of N Patterson Park Ave and Fairmont) with some friends yesterday. A cutesy little neighborhood place for brunch.
The decor: it goes for garden and rustic look, which my friends found charming, and I found to be slightly over the top. In particular, the chairs have wooden ropes on them, and there is not much room between tables. Then again, the cramped environment makes the conversation at the table that much cozier.
The service: patience is a virtue. They take reservations, and the place seems to be quite crowded. We were fortunate that a group left as we were coming in, so we were seated right away. Our waitress had a few problems pouring our cups. Two cups were filled to the brim, and the other two were filled halfway. These were bottomless cups of coffee, so each time that she came back (and I won't embarrass myself by admitting how many cups I consumed), she did the same thing! She never stayed long enough for us to ask her to come back, and tracking her down was difficult at best.
The food: The menu suggests that it can take up to an hour to make the omelets, so read the fine print on the menu and ask about the ETA for the food. We were on a slightly condensed time schedule, so unfortunately we shied away from the omelets. While we waited, the waitress brought out complimentary banana bread, which was delicious. Thickly sliced and dense without overpowering aromas of sugar or bananas.
One friend ordered the fritata, which was my favorite. The egg layer was thin and held a plethora of canadian bacon, provolone cheese, and onions. Warm and rich without appearing too heavy. Another friend ordered the peach studded pancakes, and my sister ordered the french toast with walnuts and maple syrup. Both were very tasty, but I don't really recall much about either dish.
I ordered the broccoli and cheese quiche with chicken sausage and a croissant. The quiche itself tasted fresh with a good balance of vegetable and egg. Crust was thicker than I usually enjoy. Really enjoyed the chicken sausage and the fact that it tasted like sausage without being heavy.
All of the platters come from fresh fruit in generous portions.
Summary: ample portions, good bargain, go if you have 2 hours to eat.
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