Sandwich Works for Breakfast

October 22, 2008

I’d been meaning to try Sandwich Works for a while, since I was working just down the street and passed by every morning. One day I found myself ridiculously early and decided to get breakfast.

The menu for lunch looks pretty standard–you can get a regular deli sandwich of multiple varieties, and some hot things like burgers–but the service and the breakfast really shine. The same guy was working both times I breakfasted there, and he’s a really friendly dude. A couple of regulars came in–I always appreciate a place that clearly has regulars–but he was just as cordial with me as with them.

As for the breakfast–tasty. Both times I got bacon, egg & cheese on a croissant. He prepared everything in front of me–none of the Dunkin’ heat n’ slap together–and the croissant was ridiculously tasty. (Have you ever noticed that some croissants are sort of rubbery? These weren’t.) Good bacon, melty cheese, a real fried egg–it’s hard to go wrong.

The menu also includes home fries, omelets, and probably some other stuff that I wasn’t interested in but other people would like.

Review: Kookoo Cafe

September 23, 2008

So I’d been walking past Kookoo for a couple of weeks, intrigued by the specials board, but each time I peeked in the line was long and I didn’t want to wait. But today, lured by the twin specials of grilled cheese And spicy tomato soup, I took the plunge. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Ula Cafe

September 6, 2008

(Did I mention that my computer is dead? It is. I’m really hoping to get it fixed Monday. Until then I’ve been forced to steal the Sig Fig’s new laptop, which she understandably doesn’t want me to do all the time.)

We finally went to Ula, after months of saying “Hey, we should go to that cafe with the dumb name.” (What is it with us and poorly-named venues?) Read the rest of this entry »

Review: JP Licks

July 23, 2008

I once had a terrible experience at JP Licks. I almost broke up with them over it. In fact, I didn’t return for almost a year. Here’s what happened: a very good friend of mine from Oregon was in town, traveling across the country with his buddies in a vegetable oil-powered van. Most of them were dirty hippies, and several of them were vegans. It was a nice summer evening and they’d already had dinner, so we decided to see if we could find something vegan at JP Licks. I was at the end of the line of these several unwashed boys, and unbeknownst to me several of them had already asked the dude behind the counter if anything on the menu was vegan. (I mean, you’d think sorbet could be vegan, right? And it’s freakin JP, for crying out loud. Soy is a staple of the collective JP diet.) By the time I got up to the front, I made the innocent mistake of asking if any of their offerings were vegan.

“WE HAVE NO VEGAN ITEMS,” the guy bellowed. I’m not kidding—he yelled at me. Needless to say, I left in a huff, and didn’t come back for a long time.

But then I came back, and it turns out they have some really good ice cream. The problem is that they’re extremely popular, so in the summer you’re probably going to have to wait in line anytime you go, particularly around seven or eight at night. Just be prepared for that.

I recommend trying something off the flavors of the month board. Recent favorites have included Oreo mint and peanut butter ripple, which has a ridiculous amount of peanut butter in it. Prices are definitely higher than somewhere like Baskin & Robbins, but you’re also going to get a considerable amount of ice cream no matter which size you order.

I’m told they also serve waffles on weekends, and they roast their own coffee.