The Café, Louisville KY

This week’s brunch setting was a suggestion from one of hubby’s co-workers, who raved about its quirkiness and charm. However since it is only open Monday thru Saturday we had to go and enjoy it on a beautiful (yet busy) Saturday. Apparently this Saturday was also Race for the Cure in Louisville, so it was a little extra crazy. We only waited about half our quoted time of twenty minutes, so we got to take in the lovely weather outside until a table became available.

When we were seated we were promptly asked about our beverage orders, which were brought quickly as well. The coffee I got was good and strong, with no bitterness to it and served piping hot in an eclectic assortment of mugs. In general the decor was kind of adorably girly and a touch kitsch, but those things brought a genuine warmth of atmosphere enhanced by the friendly service.

When we got around to ordering hubby got the Strata del Giorno with a side salad then we jointly ordered the Biscuits and Gravy along with a Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll and I got the Huevos Rancheros all to myself. There was a bit of a wait for food (as I said it was pretty busy), but a warm baguette like portion of bread was brought to tide us over as I sketched a little for Inktober.

My little coffee mug sketch
My little coffee mug sketch

When the food arrived it was quite a nice array of dishes that all looked pretty tasty. Hubby’s Strata de Giorno had a nice Italian feel with its nicely spiced flavors layered with sumptuous eggs and a bit of gooey cheese.

Strata with a giant House Salad
Strata with a giant House Salad

If hubby’s side House Salad, along with the full size salads we saw go to other tables, were any indication The Café offers some seriously monster sized salads. Hubby’s side salad came nicely dressed with carrots, onion, apple and pecans, all of which was very fresh.

Biscuits & Gravy
Biscuits & Gravy

Wherever we go I seem to find the need to at least try the Biscuits and Gravy, so I was intrigued to try The Café’s offering. Their biscuits were fluffy and buttery goodness topped with a gravy that had some nice large chunks of sausage patty I enjoyed. The gravy was decently spiced, if a bit thick and floury at points, but overall pretty pleasant.

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll
Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll

I very much enjoyed the Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll which was softly doughy and beautifully (though not overwhelmingly) sweet.  I don’t know that I felt the sweet potatoes presence as strongly, but the sticky sweet glaze added a bit of moist gooeyness to any slightly dry bits. The cinnamon was also pleasingly pronounced in this pastry and as it was served warm, was supremely delicious with coffee.

Huevos Rancheros
Huevos Rancheros

My Huevos Rancheros with nicely cooked over easy eggs, was also a delightfully hearty dish. The chorizo and potatoes formed a nice nest for the eggs. I liked the creamy touch of guacamole and sour cream on top, but would have prefered a fresher salsa rather than the bland tomato-y stuff that probably came out of a jar. However, I did enjoy the liberal use of cilantro in this dish but I am aware it can be a polarizing herb, so if you are not a fan you should probably ask for it to be left out of the dish.

At the end of the meal we were adequately feed for a reasonable price with leftovers to spare. The food was satisfying and pretty yummy. Even though it was busy the service was still attentive and the overall atmosphere was quite cozy. In summation it was a good solid brunch and after seeing the cakes stacked high and looking pretty, I’m definitely going to have to come back and try a slice of one like the Italian Cream.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and until next time keep eating and drinking well.

Today’s featured brunch: The Café, 712 Brent Street, Louisville, KY 40204

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