November 18, 2009
Local Flavor: Park Cafe
I don't like to blog about my troubles too much because I like to keep this a happy space. But when my troubles lead me to a local restaurant that has me dreaming about coming back, I have to share.
My coworkers and I are sharing the misfortune of not being allowed to go into work. This has been the case on and off (but mostly on...) since the first of October. It's been a real trial to me.
My job supports our little family so my husband can focus on finishing school without the added pressure of providing at the same time. While the financial situation has been a challenge, one of the hardest things about being away from work has been missing the association with my coworkers. I don't think anyone has ever had such great friends at work as I have. They make it fun to come into work every day. (Every day we're allowed to come to work that is...)
Because we missed each other, and frankly have nothing else to do but wallow in our troubles, we decided to get together for breakfast to commiserate. We chose the Park Cafe.
It is positioned happily across 1300 South from Liberty Park, and has a lovely patio that can be enjoyed in the warmer months. I have a friend who lives right across the street from this place, and every time I've looked there have been crowds there. It's a local favorite, and it's not difficult to see why once you've been there.
The owners used to run Over the Counter in Milcreek -- in high school this was the hot spot for seminary-ditchers to grab a delicious breakfast -- and they've brought the secrets that kept people coming back for more along with them. The dining room is bright and clean and there's fun art on the wall. It's unpretentious without being a hole in the wall.
I ordered the French Toast Foolishness (there's something about that name that compells you to order it, you know?), which rang in at $6.50 or so and came with enough food to feed two people with generous portions: two HUGE pieces of french toast, accompanied by two eggs, two slices of bacon (slices three times the size of your standard slice) crisped to perfection, and "park potatoes".
On top of the massive portions, the service is fantastic! Attentive and friendly servers made sure that our cups were full at all times, and our party of 7 -- who didn't call ahead, by the way -- was seated and fed swiftly to our complete satisfaction.
If I can make one recommendation it would be to GO HERE! Sure, the parking lot holds all of three vehicles, and the Liberty Park area is pretty busy. Park on the street and walk over. You won't be disappointed!