Monday, September 18, 2006

Breakfast with Dad. After Dad's eye treatment this morning, we decided to pop in to the Corte Madera Cafe for breakfast. It has been awhile since my last visit, since it's slightly off my beaten path, but I remembered it as good. The atmosphere makes you feel as though you are in a little country place with a chicken theme and painted backboard part way up the wall. It is clean, cheerful and friendly, and the proprietors obviously care about giving people a good experience. There are fresh flowers gracing a small table near the center railing, as well as beautiful hanging flower arrangements on the outside beckoning you to enter.

They obviously have a bias towards the fresh as both Dad and I originally had decided on dishes containing spinach, and we were informed because of the recall and doubt about fresh spinach it was temporarily not available. Dad enjoyed a 3-egg omelet containing ham, mushrooms and avacado.

I quickly scanned the menu after being disappointed that the scramble containing spinach and feta was not available and settled on the Eggs Benedict. There is a choice of hash browns or home fries and we both chose home fries. I am usually a bit wary of home fries as so often they are underdone on one side, and burnt on the other. However, I was delighted to find that Corte Madera Cafe does an excellent job on the home fries. They were cooked to perfection, golden brown on all sides without being over or under cooked, and were paired with yellow bell peppers and onion. Nice.

The proprietor kept an eye on the floor, and was friendly with the guests, filling in when the waiter looked busy to keep the flow going. I've been here several times in the past, and had positive impressions each time.

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