The Diamond Cafe

   November 9, 2010 8:13 pm

 

From East Lake Road to West Lake Road, I found my way to the Diamond Cafe on Sunday morning.  With my last two stops being out east on Route 5, it was nice to head in the opposite direction.  Amanda and I were joined by her brother, Mike Flick, and his girlfriend, Lauren Verno, on this week’s outing.  The cafe is just past the airport at the corner of West Lake Road and Garloch Drive  There were only a few tables full when we arrived shortly after 10 a.m., but the restaurant proceeded to fill up as time passed.  Just inside the door was the specials board with items including the “Crabbie Bennie,” a ham and cheese quiche, and a gravy and biscuit bowl.  We had our pick of tables, so we grabbed one by the fake fireplace (seeing as how it was a bit chilly).  Our server Nicole took our drink orders and left us to mull over the menus.  She brought us some coffee, and let me tell you, it was one of the best cups of coffee I have ever had.  I can do coffee without cream, but not sugar.  I drank this coffee black, it was so good.  I asked Nicole what she recommended, and she told me all of the omelets are good (the Mediterranean and Greek omelets in particular).  I tasted two similar omelets last week at The Lawrence Park Dinor, so I was looking for something else.  The chef actually came out shortly thereafter to give us her suggestions.  She let me know that all of their variations on eggs Benedict were great, as well as their omelets and crepes.  She mentioned the meat lovers omelet, and it sounded perfect.

We all had ordered something that was recommended to us.  Lauren got the Mediterranean omelet, which was stuffed with sautéed spinach, fresh tomatoes, black olives and feta cheese.  It smelled delicious, and though I was offered a taste, I declined.  Mike got the gravy and biscuit bowl that was featured that day.  Two buttermilk biscuits were placed in a large bowl, and topped with Italian sausage patties as well as some tasty country gravy.  I had a small bite of the sausage with some gravy, and was it a great choice for breakfast.

I was really interested in the Crabby Bennie, but with the raw egg allergy, I figured it wasn’t a good choice for me.  Amanda, however,  loves poached eggs as well as crab meat, so that is what she got.  A piece of me was expecting to see the reddish color of imitation crab meat topping two eggs, but to my surprise, on top the Hollandaise sauce was real shredded crab.  I had Amanda cut me off a piece that did not have the raw yolk on it.  (Breakfast with a side of hives didn’t sound good to me.)  It was light on the Hollandaise, which I really liked.  The crab was well-cooked and went great with the eggs and muffin.

I went with the chef-recommended meat lovers omelet.  Bacon, ham and sausage in a huge omelet, topped with American cheese and more of all three meats.  It was awesome.  I love a cheesy omelet, and this did the trick.  The fluffy eggs and the variety of breakfast meats made a great meal.  I got a side of home fries as well as some inch-and-a-half-thick Italian toast.

After our meal, we got two of the house crepes for dessert.  One was filled with mixed berries, while the other was filled with peanut butter and dark semisweet chocolate. Both were smothered in whipped cream.  Though we were all pretty full, it was a delicious way to end the meal.

I don’t know how there are so many fantastic breakfast places in the area that I have never been to, but the Diamond Cafe lived up to what I had heard.  Thank you for yet another great Sunday morning.

Next week will be my final breakfast, so make it a good one.

Until next time,

Andrew – Beard vs. Food

 

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