Our meals this morning/afternoon hit both ends of several spectrums. We had delicious baked goods, and underwhelming sandwiches. We had good coffee in questionable cups, and questionable coffee in regular cups. We had an uninterested server, a nice server who was wearing her pajamas, and a server whose demeanor concealed a hidden evil (according to a fantastic Yelp review). There was a pancake-eating contest. It was that kind of morning.
While Shane’s family went to meeting, we grabbed a quick breakfast at The Root Cafe, which offered a dizzying array of vegan and non-vegan baked goods – we went for the latter, and were very happy with our warm and buttery savory scones. Shane had heard good things about their coffee, but the barista taking orders seemed pretty blasé about both his job and their offerings, and we felt similarly blasé about both the coffee and the Styrofoam cup in which it was served. The Root apparently has a recycling program, but honestly, what’s the likelihood of the average coffee-to-go person bringing their dirty Styrofoam cup back at some later date?
After taking a scenic drive down to Berea to check out our reception site, we met up with the family and had a late brunch at 56 West. The brunch buffet deal – $7.56 all you could eat! – was perfect for the guys, at least two of which immediately engaged in a pancake eating contest. The brunch options just weren’t appealing to me, so I ordered the B.E.L.T – a BLT with roasted tomatoes, a fried egg, and arugula = hooray! Unfortunately what I actually received was an over-hard egg, a smushy oily tomato, arugula mixed with regular lettuce, and some tasty bacon sandwiched between two VERY LARGE pieces of baguette. If I could open my mouth very wide and also had metal teeth like Jaws, I might’ve been able to eat this sandwich as a sandwich. Instead, I ate it in pieces, and saved my sweet potato fries for the drive home. I’ve mentioned that eating out often serves as cooking inspiration – this is definitely a meal I think we can improve upon at home.