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Sunday Brunch at Cafe Ivanhoe

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Sunday Brunch at Cafe Ivanhoe

tonifi | Dec 11, 2005 09:41 PM

We tried Cafe Ivanhoe today for brunch and were very pleased. The cafe is on (surprise!) Ivanhoe just South of Arsenal...not sure what that neighborhood is called. The front is not promising, kind of a boring brick nineteen-seventies restaurant exterior, but the inside was very nice. The heavy curtain hanging just inside the front door was a puzzle, until we realized it was an unusual but effective solution to the lack of vestibule/freezing-cold blasts of air situation...
But the food...oh, it was good. The husband's first reaction was, "Hmmm... a bit pricey," but with most brunch options in the six through ten buck range (with a fried-egg sandwich on the specials board for three bucks), I think it was more than reasonable...I had the 'BLT Eggs Benedict', which was one of the better eggs benedict options I've ever had (next to the Creole Eggs Benedict at Duff's...), the kids had the usual eggs/bacon/hash brown type things, and the grown-ups drank gallons of the very good Kaldi coffee. Everything came out prepared perfectly, which I really can't say most of the time (why are hash browns always so very under or over-cooked?)...these were perfect, crispy and brown. Everything came to the table at the right temperature, and looked as good as it tasted. My only beef was that, while we had an attentive, helpful waiter, our busser had to be flagged down each time we needed a coffee refill. Hey, she was nice, and maybe she was new...when the food is good and the chairs are comfortable, I'm willing to make allowances...its pricier than the usual diner options, but on par with other places we like for brunch, like MoKaBees or Duff's. The dinner menu looked good as well, if anyone has tried it , I'd love to hear about it.

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