Quite a while ago I won a Twitter contest for a gift card to Cafe Maude. It took me a while to get around to using it, but we finally did, taking in a family brunch.
The interior is friendly and relaxing. Teen 1 noted with some disapproval that it appeared to be a bit hipster to him. He's having hipster issues these days. Ignore him.
DH and I indulged in a bloody Mary.
Wonderfully spicy, nicely paired with its beer chaser.
Teen 2, who wasn't feeling quite himself, decided to bypass the burger option and order the granola griddle cakes.
These were light and sweet, covered with dulce de leche and sauteed apples, served with maple syrup. Teen 1, who was feeling just fine, went for the burger.
Thick and meaty. He got a strange look on his face after his first bite. I asked him what was wrong. "It's not wrong," he said, "but it tastes like meat loaf, not like a burger." I tried a bite and agreed: it tasted like an excellent homemade meat loaf. We were split in our opinions on this: I thought it was great, while he wanted something more akin to a burger.
DH ordered corned beef hash.
This was a gem, with big meaty chunks of corned beef and carrots, cabbage, and potatoes, topped with hollandaise sauce and a fried egg.
I went with the eggs Benedict.
Asparagus and pancetta, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, with mixed greens. YUM.
I felt as if I couldn't eat another bite, but Teen 1 wanted to order the seasonal cheesecake.
This was an amazing concoction, involving cheesecake, a curry cookie, and diced peaches and basil with curry. As I am the only curry eater in my household, I got the fruit and cookie all to myself. Lordy, it was good.
I loved that the bill came tucked into this.
The service was excellent when we were there, friendly, checking in exactly often enough but not too often. Would I go again? In a heartbeat. Especially if there is more curry on the cheesecake.