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Weekend roundup: Riverside & Eagle Rock

Will Owen | Apr 10, 200601:29 AM

What a swell eatin' weekend this turned out to be! On Saturday we ran out to Riverside to see an exhibit at the California Museum of Photography. This was an entirely new venue for us, and in the absence of any more informed guidance we asked our checkout person at an antiques mall for a lunch recommendation, and she sent us up the Main Street promenade to a place called Simple Simon. Good call. Wonderfully fresh sandwiches on in-house baked bread is the order of the day here. We both got the roast beef, I on sourdough and Ms. T. on whole wheat, very nice and fresh and more than generous, both with an excellent potato salad and some more than adequate iced tea. Tania's half-sandwich was probably enough for a normal lunch; I know my whole sandwich was way more than enough, and the whole thing was still under $9. They are open for breakfast and lunch only, serving 7-4, and we will most definitely be back.

On Sunday we met a bunch of friends for brunch at Cindy's, on Colorado in Eagle Rock. This was a sort of default choice, and frankly I expected it to be just adequate, but in fact the service was excellent and the food was both very good and ridiculously cheap. I got the #1 Special, an insanely adolescent melange of three scrambled eggs with chili dumped over them, and though the hash browns are served on the side the obvious thing to do is to stir them into the rest of the mess, adding whatever salt, pepper and Tabasco as might be desired. Toast on the side. I was a happy boy. Others among us got various combinations of bacon, pancakes, sausage and whatever, even some fairly convincing Eggs Benedict. We just split out the tab at $10 each, including the very generous tip, and I think we were all very happy about that. Gonna come back here, too.

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