Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Cafe Nola

While the movers were busy packing up our belongings in Austin, I caught part of a "Giada's Weekend Getaways" episode. It featured Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis exploring Seattle, so of course I paid attention. She explored Pike Place Market, ate at Lowell's (not impressed with the service we received there), and took the ferry to Bainbridge Island and had brunch at Cafe Nola.

Since, we were 12 days later than planned closing on the house, we had another weekend to kill in the city, so decided to take the ferry to Bainbridge on Sunday for something to do and decided we would check out Cafe Nola for ourselves.

Our first mistake was an error in programming our navigation system in the car when we got off the ferry. We headed off on our search for a late brunch, and once well off Bainbridge realized we were no where near our destination. With a quick reprogramming of the Cafe Nola address, we were turned around on our way back to the street next to the ferry terminal! Oh well, we had a lovely drive (despite a small snow/freezing rain storm) and found Cafe Nola with no problems.

It was much smaller and much less scenic than I was expecting. None the less, it was quaint and tastefully decorated and most importantly, we still had 1/2 hour left to order brunch. Despite the horrid service (not rude, just slow and inattentive), the food was really good. Hubby had fish and chips and kiddo and I shared the french toast. It came recommended by Giada and it was wonderful.

It was made from challah bread, covered in caramel and pecans and served with maple syrup and fresh fruit. Decadent!

Although there are many other items on the menu I would love to try including the Roasted Beet Salad and Crab Melt, I won't be rushing back there anytime soon. I think it would be worth giving them another shot at the service, but wouldn't bring kiddo with me.

P.S. As I was checking out Cafe Nola's website to link in my blog, I found this link to the recipe for their french toast. Guess I won't have to rush back to get my fix. Now I just need my new kitchen to cook it in. ;)


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