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Review - Amy's Patio Cafe (Altadena)

The Oracle | Feb 27, 200810:08 AM

Having heard raves about Amy's from my co-workers for some time now, I finally had a chance to try it out....

It's located at the top of Lake Ave at the SE corner of Altadena Drive. It's in this TINY strip mall and parking is very odd (about 6 spaces in the lot) - street parking available, but awkward to navigate.

The space is combination of a lot of elements, high ceilings, big windows, a wooden trellis with plants growing on it, a fountain... wooden porch-type benches as part of the seating (which are uncomfortable by the end of the meal, btw - i hope they add cushions!)... it's all a bit random... the indoor patio vibe can only work so much. My favorite touch were the huge windows - as it afforded a view of the mountains...

I wasn't sure what I was getting into by the time we were seated... but I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the menu. Most items had an interesting combination of flavors that I wouldn't think I'd find at this locale. Goat cheese, spinach, sun-dried tomato omelet... there was another one with brie and ham, I believe. I settled on my favorite b'fast standby: eggs benedict - which was very tasty. The muffin was soft and crispy all at the same time - the poached eggs perfectly cooked. Each bite was a great texture. The hollandaise wasn't the best I've had, but it certainly wasn't' the worst (Green Street Restaurant currently holds the title for worst). The side of fruit was ok - a bit skimpy. My dining companion had the b'fast burrito. He said it was alright, but he wouldn't get it again, as it was a lot of tortilla but not a lot of filling. The side of potatoes were amazing - they were perfectly roasted on the outside, yet not tough at all when you bit into them. Perfection, indeed.

The coffee is wonderful and served in big mugs... and, to start, they bring out a 1/2 loaf of some sort of spice bread. It wasn't that good, but I thought it was a nice touch.

Prices are about $10.50 each... with 2 entrees and 2 coffees, it came out to $28 pre-tip. A bit steep, in my opinion.

Will I be back? - yes. The food was interesting, it's in my neighborhood, and a welcome change from the crowds and waits at other b'fast joints. It's a small place - maybe 10 tables and was just about full the whole time we were there. It's open til 3pm and serves b'fast all day (with some nice lunch offerings - salads, sandwiches).

If you are local (or heading to Bulgarini Gelato - which is kitty-corner) it's a RARE find for the neighborhood.

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