Keith and I recently discovered Snooze, an AM Eatery and Oh. My. God. It’s AWESOME.
Let’s start with the fact that they have a pancake of the day. A PANCAKE OF THE DAY, YOU CARBOHOLICS!!! If you like pancakes, you MUST check this out. They are creative in the extreme!
Also, ANYTHING on the menu can be modified to your tastes – they tell you this up front – if you don’t want potatoes (I don’t) you can get fruit. If you want no syrup, no sauce, no whatever, they’ll do it. Seriously, you name it, they’ll do it. They pride themselves on the fact that YOU are in charge of what you get for breakfast.
We’ve been several times, and I must say, I have NEVER gotten a bad meal there. ALL the food is excellent, the staff is super-friendly (the guy we had last week, I WISH I could remember his name, was BORN to be a waiter – he clearly LOVES his job and he was over-the-top awesome) and the decor is right up my alley – Rat Pack 50’s diner chic. It’s supercool.
There’s always a line out the door, but trust me, it’s worth the wait. If you’re in the area, definitely check it out!
I love going out for breakfast on the weekends. Keith and I have a couple of favorite weekend haunts that I’d like to share with you all.
Right now, my current addiction is Dempsey’s. Their omelette, aptly called The Best Thing, is freaking fantastic (and, it’s what I ALWAYS order). Actually, I have trouble finding anything on this menu that isn’t absolutely delicious. The service is friendly, the ambiance is nice for a weekend breakfast (it’s especially fun in the summer to sit outside and watch the train run down the middle of Mason St.) and it’s positively my all-time favorite breakfast place. One of our servers (who always remembers that she and I share a name; I believe she is one of the owners as well) always remembers that I get “the usual” and always has a witty comment to make on it (I love a good sense of humor, especially in wait staff – how cool is it you can have fun while you work?).
My #2 pick is McCoy’s Morning Glory. Tory and Jen really get to know their “regulars” (Keith and I have been going there since not long after they opened) and they are both just absolutely awesome people. They always remember details about their regulars and always ask how things are going when they see us. Just really wonderful people all around. Since we’ve been going there forever, we’ve noticed that their employees seem to stick around, and that speaks to how well they must be treated. As anyone should know, if your boss treats you well, you’re more likely to stay in a job. I think Tory and Jen have mastered the art of treating their employees like family, which is evidenced by the fact that I see a lot of the same faces year after year. I’ve even watched one guy go from bussing tables to a pseudo-management role, which tells me they fostered his career and really gave him an opportunity to grow with the business. Really, I can’t say enough nice things about these people.
The food is great, the service is awesome, and the decor is lovely – it’s a general garden theme, and they’ve done a great job of it.
Both these places are near to my heart because they are local, owner-operated, and bring customer service to a whole new level. Definitely check them out when you get the chance. You won’t be sorry.