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By Andrew Kochirka GoErie.com staff blogger
Food has been an integral part of Andrew's life from a young age; from cooking with his mother and grandmother to creating recipes in his own kitchen. Now he scours the area's non-chain restaurant scene to find the best of the best of local food from chicken wings to French cuisine.   Read more about this blog.
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Summer House Café

For as long as I have lived in Erie, I have been eating food from Jack and Stephanie Potous-Eaker.  The 10th Street Café and Make It Fabulous Catering provided me with many days of incredible food.  I had only been to the Summer House Café at the corner of West 26th Street and Washington Avenue once before my blog visit, and I went with a rather traditional breakfast of eggs and pancakes.  I wanted this visit to be more out of the box.

My friends Mike Mancinelli and Matt Peterson joined me and Amanda on Sunday morning.  The restaurant was almost filled to capacity, so we had a few minute wait.  I saw both Jack and Stephanie while we were waiting.  I love that the owners are right there with the servers, waiting tables and helping as much as possible.  Once seated, we drank our coffee and chatted some.  I heard from many people that their eggs Benedict is outstanding.  If I were not allergic to raw eggs, I would have ordered them in a heartbeat.  Our server, Tracy, gave us some recommendations as to what she liked, and everything sounded great.  Without discussion, we all went a somewhat nontraditional route.  Mike went with huevos rancheros, Matt ordered steak and eggs, Amanda got eggs ala Dante, and I went with Tracy’s recommended corned beef hash burrito.  As a side note, they also offer a large array of breads including white, wheat, rye, Italian, pumpernickel, 12-grain, raisin and sourdough.

Though the house was packed, our food came out in good time.  Mike’s huevos rancheros consisted of a tortilla in a bowl topped with two over-easy eggs, refried beans, the house Texas chili, and shredded cheese.  The whole plate was then baked to crisp up the uncovered tortilla.  As Mike cut into the center, he opened the egg yolks and it looked fantastic.  It wasn’t until his first bite that he discovered the hidden treasure.  Bacon.  Under the chili, beans and eggs was a bed of bacon.  What a salty, delicious find.  Another great discovery came when Mike asked for the salt. We found that there were very small shakers on all of the tables.  Minor find, but still entertaining.  Matt’s steak and eggs was the only “traditional” meal on the table.  His medium-cooked steak could have used a little more seasoning but was still good.  It was very tender and went perfectly with his over-hard eggs.  Amanda’s eggs ala Dante were awesome: two eggs sautéed in their “Wake-Up” tomato sauce, placed on crisp Italian toast, smothered in more of the sauce and topped with shaved Parmesan cheese.  The eggs, being similar to poached eggs, spilled yolk all over the toast and were really delicious.  Despite my allergy, I had to taste a bite for myself because they looked so good; the minor itching afterward was worth it.  My meal was a tortilla shell filled with homemade Irish corned beef hash and potatoes, scrambled eggs, and some Hollandaise sauce.  All of this was rolled, grilled and then drizzled with some more sauce.  I dug right in with both hands, and the messiness was well worth it.  With face and hands covered, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Throughout our meal, we were checked on by Tracy, as well as Jack and Stephanie.  Thank you to all for the great care and even better food.  The Summer House Café will be a place  I will return to.  I have heard their lunches and dinners are just as good.

Until next time,

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2 Responses to Summer House Café

  1. Rob says:

    Waagh! This review makes me want to skip tonight and go straight to breakfast! I dont know what I’d order though… Burritos, Dante or Ranchero. I can make steak and eggs at home so thats out…

  2. Rob says:

    I had the corned beef burrito – wow it was awesome. They forgot the fruit cup but that’s ok. The sauce was very good, if not made from scratch. Next time I’ll try the Huevos rancheros – they sound incredible as well.

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