Monday, September 24, 2007

Reetsy Reviews: Jay's Cafe

gerg and I ate a late breakfast at Jay's Cafe in St. Paul in August.

I drive past Jay's Cafe almost everyday and was all about checking it out.

Apparently, Karl Gerstenberger is wild for locally-sourced ingredients, which is a reason for a sustainability gal like me to give myself whiplash every time I drive by Jay's...I'm always trying to peep the menu on the board outside.

On a rainy Saturday, we darted between raindrops and grabbed a little table. Peace coffee (of course) and the Saturday comics were our appetizers as we scanned the brief and reasonably priced breakfast menu. The atmosphere was unremarkable and definitely unpretentious.

We ordered the "Surfer" Burritos - a burrito with eggs, avocados, salsa, cheese, and tomatoes. Savory and acceptable.

But the home run, out of the ballpark dish was the Apple-Carmel French Toast - we're talkin' thickly sliced Ciabatta bread french toast served up with diced apples, drizzled with caramel, and then topped with real whipped cream and maple syrup. A "big up yourself" goes out to the Gods who looked down upon Jay's Cafe when this was served to us. I thank ye.

We made sure to check out the art. Since we spend 1/3 of our free time in hardware stores, the photographs of the local Noll Hardware were pretty interesting to us.

I chatted up our server before we departed, and she indicated that the most locally sourced menu at Jay's was the dinner menu.

You know I'm all about trying the Organic Cantaloupe Soup with ricotta dumpling and scallion oil for $6.

Jay's Cafe

791 Raymond Av
Saint Paul, MN 55115
Phone: (651) 641-1446

[where: 55406]

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