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St. Michaels Alley - Brunch Report

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St. Michaels Alley - Brunch Report

kat | Feb 13, 2006 01:58 AM

Today my boyfriend and I went to St. Michaels Alley (Palo Alto) to try their brunch. St. Michaels Alley is a cute small restaurant with outside seating, a lot of sunlight. There are tableclothes on the tables but crayons are also on the table so it's not too stuffy. We arrived around 1:15 and it was busy. So busy in fact, it took a while for a waiter to seat us.

And we heard the specials and decided what we wanted to order and then we waited some more. It took awhile for our waitress to come back to take our order. Me - eggs benedict ($14). Him - All sides - scrambled eggs, chicken apple sausage, whole wheat toast ($11.25)

The menu is pretty diverse with its choices including its usual breakfast choices like pancakes or waffles but you can also get salads or a burger for brunch.

The main dining area was fairly loud and we had to repeat ourselves to speak.

The food was good - the hollendaise sauce was excellent as were the accompaning side dish of yukon potatoes with herbs. I didn't like having tomatoes on the eggs benedict as they didn't taste of anything and just made things slimey. The dish also came in a small dish on a plate which didn't help in cutting so I just transferred everything to one plate. The eggs were well cooked, not too runny and personally, I would have perferred a thicker cut of the Black Foest Ham. I'm on a search for the perfect eggs benedict though so it's made me somewhat choosy. This is probably the best I've had so far in the Peninsula.

His sides dishes were all brought on separate plates which he eventually transferred to one plate. His favorite was the chicken apple sausage which was sweet and cooked just right. And you can't really go to wrong with eggs and toast.

All in all, I would like to come back for dinner or lunch or even brunch. The atmosphere is nice although a bit loud. And I have a feeling that the slowness was because it was a Sunday and there were large parties at the restaurant.

Link: http://www.stmikes.com/

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