Whistle Stop Cafe

Address:
Whistle Stop Cafe
1102 Story Street
Boone, IA 50036-2222
(515) 432-9422

The Dish:
Western 3 Egg Omelet
Hashbrowns with Everything
Pancake
Soda
Everything x2
$29 (Tax and tip included)

Grade: 1 Fork, 1 Spoon

Not to be confused with the Fried Green Tomatoe’s version, this cozy little Cafe resembles smaller dinner/cafe’s from the era when Steam ruled the rails. Not that I would know, I just think it is probably pretty accurate.

Ambiance: Don’t expect a fancy smancy Cafe here. The resturant would be at full capacity at 36 plus four or five employees, and it would be tight then. But I like that, there is a U shaped counter which patrons dine and converse at. If your more of the booth type, they do have a few of these available. Being a hotspot for breakfast you can always listen in on the latest gossip, and farm news from other patrons (probably regulars).

Menu/Price: You could deffinantly eat here and be satisfied for less than $6. We of course wanted to try the normal breakfast items so our bill was more like double that per person. Honestly, the place is similar to Waffle House in the sense that breakfast holds the prominent place on the menu followed by a collection of sandwichs for their lunch crowd. Nothing on the menu was over $7.

Meal: The pancake was pretty awesome. It filled the plate and was fluffy enough to do rhytmic gymnastics on. The syrup provided was warmed in a stanless steel container (love those!). Western Omelet was filled with cheese onions and peppers, not sure what made this a “Western Omelet” or perhaps our waitress misunderstood us. Eitherway it was great! The hashbrowns we’re more like “home fries” which sorta dissapointed me. Not because they were bad, they were quite good however I was just expecting shredded potatoes.

Service: Hard to say it was bad, as our waitress was super nice to us and the others she was tending to. However it seemed that they were shorthanded. I try not to knock that when I review as it might be because a shift change, break, illness or something of that nature causing a staff shortage. It is also possible it is a poor management decision. Who knows, but we did wait a bit longer for our food, but it was worth it. Others waited as well but they fit the typical “regular” crowd and probably were to engrossed talking about crop prices to notice.

Overall: Not bad at all. I think it is deffinantly worth the wait and worth repeating the visit. The pancakes I’ll do again, not sure if I’ll do the “hashbrowns” again so long as they are called hashbrowns. I am weird like that though.

Green Mill

Address:
Green Mill (Uptown, Minneapolis, MN)
2626 Hennepin
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 374-2131

The Dish:
Italian Ciabatta (Me)
Millhouse Club (Tress)
Mac and Cheese (Chloe)
Sweet Potato Fries (Shared Appetizers)
Coconut Chicken Fingers (Shared Appetizers)
Two Diet Cokes
Kids Milk
$38(Tax and tip included)

Grade: 1 Fork, 1 Spoon

We were in the Twin Cities to watch a Bengals game while they played the Vikings led by purple messiah (Bret Favre). I needed some comfort food after the devastating loss so I was going to go to White Castle. My cousin whom is a resident of the area and a firm hater of White Castle said no, but what he did not realize was that I was driving and if he did not want to go he would have to get out. Rather than cause a scene I yielded as I figured he probably knew of a better place anyway. Turns out he did.

Ambiance: Sort of a upscale feel to it that almost feels like it is a business casual dress code. However we were welcomed in with our Bengals gear on. The dinning area had a calming effect as candles were on each table and the room was dimly lit. We stopped in early for dinner (3:45 PM) so they were just starting to light candles and such and the place was pretty empty, save for the lounge area. When we left it was getting pretty full.

Menu/Price: A nice selection of standard popular items, mixed in with probably regional favorites (walleye dishes). Additionally you can order a pizza in a predetermined setup or build your own. Pricing for these was not what I would reasonable for small town Iowa but appropriate for Minneapolis. Look to spend in the neighborhood of $12 per person for lunch and closer to $17 for dinner.

Meal: Appetizers were a must. It had been a while since any of us but Chloe had eaten (she had a hot dog at the stadium) so we opted for two. My brother in law and sister choose sweet potato fries and we choose the coconut chicken fingers. In reality we should have gotten twice the sweet potato fries as they were great and more popular amongst our group. The chicken fingers were good but all the coconut fell off, making them chicken tenders. Both came with sauces that were ranch and honey mustard. Our main plates were out reasonably quick and piping hot. The sandwiches came with fries and the mac and cheese came with strawberry jam and toast. Can’t speak for the club other than it looked good, but my Italian Ciabatta was heaping and excellent!

Service: Staff was polite and dressed highly professional. We started with one waitress and ended with another, probably due to the change over in shifts. I guess that’s about all I have to say about that.

Overall: I have to say this was probably better than White Castle, and it did help make the loss a bit better. I would defiantly visit again, but probably under different circumstances.

Waffle House #1074

Address:
Waffle House 1074
1030 Hwy 34 East I85 Exit 47
Newnan, GA 30265

The Dish:
Alice’s Sweet Tea
Bert’s Chili
Triple Hash Browns (scattered, smothered, covered, capped, diced, peppered)
$12 (Tax and tip included)

Grade:
1 Fork, 1 Spoon

Late night drive, oh what to have and where to have it, Waffle House! It’s always open and the menu is all day so it does not matter what you want. It had been a while since I patronized one and since I was in the neighborhood it was a no brainer.

Ambiance:
Late night feel to it for sure. The place was realativly empty save for someone sipping on coffee, smoking a cigarette and struggling to stay awake while waiting for a hamburger. As with most Waffle House’s, due to the fact that they are so busy there is not a lot of time to try to clean the smoke and grease stains off the walls and ceiling. This unit was no exception to that rule, however now would have been the opportune time to do it. One item of note, the jukebox was missing. I asked about it and it was in for repair apparently.

Menu/Price:
To get hash browns by themselves is realativly inexpensive. To order them like I did, becomes expensive. As always, unit pricing varies depending on location but the items are all the same and usually with in a buck of every other unit. This unit had a bit higher pricing than my last visit, but perhaps the proximity to a busy interstate dictates that.

Meal:
Bert’s chili is a great thing for folks to have on a cold November eve. Ok granted being from Iowa and in Georgia where the temp is considered cold at 45 degrees, I cannot really get behind my opening statement to this section. However if Waffle House was in Iowa (like they should be), Bert’s chili would be a top seller. Bert’s chili was very hearty and not too spicy (I added some hot sauce). I love the fact that they… er Bert makes the chili with ground up sausage patties as well as hamburger. The hash browns were very filling tonight! Getting a triple order filled the plate to the brim with hash browns mixed in with onions, tomatoes, jalepeno’s, mushrooms and cheese.

Service:
The grill operator, who also took my order appeared to have been at it for 18 hours strait. This was confirmed when his relief finally came and I over heard the conversation between the two of them. Apparently the operator came in early and ran a double shift to cover for someone who is less than relieable. Kudos to him as he was nice despite the lack of rest. Plus he really loaded those hash browns up for me!

Overall:
I just cannot stress it enough, I will never get tired of visiting Waffle House. Even if they ever make it to Iowa (hopefully) I would no doubt visit that unit three times a month and probably still claim that I could use some more.

Cecil’s Public House

Address:
Cecil’s Public House
243 Green Street
Alexander City, AL 35010
256-329-0732

The Dish:
Coconut Shrip (shared appitizer)
Blackend Chicken Tenders
Broccoli
Diet Coke
$21 (Tax and tip included)

Grade:
1 Fork, 1 Spoon

Aparently Cecil’s used to be a Doctor’s residence until he converted it to his medical office to see patients at. At some point it was subject to a fire but most of the building was saved and restored to what it is today.

Ambiance:
That being quaint little eating establishment that is what you would get if you took an old house, left the rooms and put tables and chairs in them. Nothing special other than the fact that a romantic (I hate that word) dinner for two here would be easily accomplished as most tables have limited neighbors. Parking is a bit of an issue as this is in a residential area, but I later found out they have a parking lot in the back.

Menu/Price:
A wide variety of everything was available, and quite the selection of fish that was advertised as being harvested locally. You could easily get a meal for two here and spend less than $30, if you stayed away from the wine. They had quite the wine selection available if that is your thing.

Meal:
Coconut shrimp is like candy to me. The only thing preventing me from going crazy and ordering four plates of these six piece appetizers we’re my manners of common decency. They were quite large and liberal (hate that word too) with the coconut batter. The Blackend Chicken Tenders were deffinatnly great, and easier to eat verus a whole blackend chicken breast. I am not sure why I choose broccoli, but it was steamed and just as I like it… plain!

Service:
Waiters and Waitress’s have a very professional attire about themselves and we’re taking care of guest requests as they came in. It did take us a while to get our tickets but when they came they were processed rather speedily.

Overall:
Knowing about the parking in advance would have helped, as we parked a ways away and walked a couple of blocks back. It was deffinatnly worth the walk, and worth the walk on they way back being as full as I was. I would like to revisit and try some fish next time, but I might throw that to the wind and go crazy with coconut shrimp.

Krystal

Address:
Krystal (BGK002)
2704 Scottsville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 781-8412

The Dish:
Krystal Sampler Combo
Six Piece Sweet Bites
Diet Coke
$7.24 (tip and tax included)

Grade: 1 Fork, 1 Spoon

One of the few restaurants that I went to while visiting our corporate offices in Bowling Green. Since I have never had Krystal before, and one of my frequent contacts from corporate ranted and raved about it, I put it on my list of places to try. So I opted out of Waffle House (I know, I know…) for dinner and went down the street to Krystal.

Ambiance: Well its fast food, and there is a early sixties retro feel to the place. It almost had a Steak n Shake feel except instead of black and white tiles on the wall, there were red and white tiles. Since it was supper time, and pretty late at that, there were few folks inside.

Menu/Price: Ok so when I walked in and say that they have “Krystal’s” I was thinking, this is a White Castle knock off! Well it pretty much is. At least it is a longer knock off, to the tune of White Castle started in 1921 and Krystal came along in 1932. History aside though, the menu was similar to that of White Castles. On the plus, they also had mini corn dogs, mini chicken and fish sandwiches and so on. They expanded from where White Castle has left off. Pricing was that of basically every fast food restaurant out there, less than $10 per person. Probably the weirdest thing on the menu was the Scramblers which were not available because it was not breakfast time. They are basically a cup of breakfast layered… not a bad idea, but I think others have done it as well.

Meal: So I could not decide what to get, five Krystal’s, one of this, one of that… Oh wait their is a sampler combo that combines all of those things. Yep sign me up! I don’t really recall the order I ate them in (because I was driving and it was dark). I think I started with the “original Krystal.” It was pretty much as I expected, much like a Slyder from White Castle. I wondered if they were made the same way as Slyder’s. I then dug into the “Chili Cheese Pup” (a mini Chili Cheese hotdog) which was pretty good. Definitely made me want more of their chili next time I was back. Next was the “Krystal Chik” which was a mini chicken sandwich. I instantly knew I made a mistake getting the combo when I should have gotten eight of these! It was the best thing I had eaten that month, hands down. The last item in the combo meal was a “Corn Pup” which is a mini corndog. It was somewhere between meh and ok, hard to top the “Chik” at that point. Lastly I popped a few of the Sweet Bites, which were best as I can tell fried doughnut holes. They were good but a little too “carnival” for me.

Service: Slow, don’t know if it was a shift change but for fast food and for not many visitors it seemed to take a while. But then again maybe they had to make my food fresh, which is not a bad thing. Otherwise the girl behind the counter was helpful in making suggestions (as she could tell I had never been to a Krystal before, I might have told her that actually).

Overall: I guess the rating fits at 1 Fork, 1 Spoon as it was better than I expected. There was enough on the menu that I would like to sample little items here and there. I did not notice if this was open 24/7 or not but if it isn’t it should be. I could see making a late night stop here… too bad the closet one to us in Iowa is Clarksville, TN. So it will be a while 🙂

Wallaby’s

Editor’s Note: I apologize for the delay in a few of these, it has been a busy half year. Plus I am not sure where three that I posted went, will have to track those down. Don’t worry I’ll get back on the horse!

Address:
Wallaby’s
3720 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50014
515-292-1167

The Dish:
Kids Grill Cheese (Chloe)
Patty Melt w/fries and cheese sauce (Me)
Strawberry Lemonade
$20 (Tax and tip included)

Grade: 1 Fork, 1 Spoon

I thought it would be a nice night to take my daughter Chloe out of the house. It just so happened that a friend of mine (who recommended the place) was available for dinner. I have always wanted to try Wallaby’s, just never got around to it. Or rather never had the courage to try it. Some casual readers might recognize from previous posts and future posts that I am not a person to blindly try out a new place to eat unless I go with someone who has been there before, or we are in un-familiar territory. This is something that someday I’ll probably have to talk to a qualified therapist about someday, but hey we all have our issues…

Ambiance: Wallaby’s would imply somewhat of an “Australian” feel. However when you enter, it has more of a sports bar feel. Nothing wrong with that, I was just expecting something more like Outback, instead of something closer to Buffalo Wild Wings. Granted it is a college town there was plenty of Iowa State flair (as expected) but maybe a better name would have been “Cy’s Grill” or “West Side Sports Bar & Grill.” Anyway naming aside, I definitely felt that this would be a good place to watch any sort of sporting game as many tables had dedicated flat screen TVs and many larger TVs were in high visibility areas. The one thing of note that helped overcome the lack of a down under feel was the framed and signed Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson (as Johnson) jersey. Who-Dey!

Menu/Price: Most items seemed somewhat higher priced for the area but pretty standard for an establishment of the type. I strongly believe $2.25 for any non-alcoholic drink is excessive. But with free refills and Strawberry Lemonade that was fabulous, it seems like somewhat of a drink that was worth it. The kids meal seem adequately priced, and sized for a kid (not necessarily a toddler). As for the rest of the menu, it looked like a carbon copy of TGIF’s with a few locally themed items. Again no Australian themed items.

Meal: First let me talk about the Strawberry Lemonade. I don’t know how they made it, I don’t know why it was so good, but if I would have had more time I probably would have had at least three more refills of that awesome lemonade. Chloe had a kid’s grilled cheese that would have been ok as a meal itself. Although she only ate, at most a quarter of the entire basket I did try the grilled cheese and did enjoy it. They also had an “adult” grilled cheese that was made with three cheeses other fun things. My patty melt was above average, as it was loaded with grilled onions and cooked well done. It was as if they read my mind! The cheese sauce that came as an extra for the fries was equally tasty and perfect for the grill cheese (oh yea I tried it). Portions and sizing were somewhat equal to the pricing. I did not feel hungry after I left.

Service: It is a different experience with a toddler. Always have to get a high chair, and never know if it will be clean or fully functional or not. In this case that was not a problem. Our waitress felt somewhat bad because I grabbed a high chair on our way to the table. No big deal for me, I had an open hand and it was right there. Initial drinks to a bit to get to us but refills came without asking, and standard “how’s everything” every so often.

Overall: I think the only thing holding the grade back from the fork and knife is the whole naming thing. I did enjoy my meal there and would gladly pay $2.25 for another pitcher of that Strawberry Lemonade. Next trip there will probably be during an actual game that I wish to watch an will munch on some of the nachos (made with the cheese sauce above I am told) and sip some of that awesome lemonade.

Waffle House #249

Address:
Waffle House 249
150 Three Springs RD
Bowling Green, KY 42101
270-843-1489

The Dish:
Alice’s Sweet Tea
Texas Cheesesteak Melt
Double Hash browns, (scattered, smothered, covered, chunked)
$9 (Tax and tip included)

Grade:
1 Fork, 1 Spoon

It is always a pleasure to eat at Waffle House! It really does not matter what I order, I always feel I got my moneys worth. Usually the grading factor is the people and the service.

Ambiance:
Love it! Although in Kentucky patrons are still allowed to smoke in restaurants. But honestly second hand smoke fears aside, I am thinking that this allows a bit of nostalgia to stay with the place. As normal with any Waffle House, the age of the building (or rather the smoke/grease wears on the walls and ceiling) show that they are too busy to take time to deep clean the place. And that is not a bad thing!

Menu/Price:
Good Food Fast! That is the Waffle House way. If you spend more than $10 for one person prior to tipping, you are probably going to the hospital to get your stomach pumped from eating so much food. Since pretty much all Waffle House’s are the same, the menu is pretty standard and nothing costs more (at the time of writing) than $8, that being the steak and eggs.

Meal:
I love the Texas Cheesesteak melts. It is basically a patty melt served with some sort of chopped steak and onions and cheese (swiss I think). Next to the awesomeness of the Cheesesteak melt was an awesome heaping pile of what I believe is the best product on the menu, hash browns! I got mine the normal scattered (not ringed together like a cake), smothered (sauteed onions), covered (cheese!), and I also opted for chunked (diced ham). I cannot say enough good things about their hash browns, but I will say nothing compares.

Service:
Not this units strong point. When I attempted to speak to the Master Grill operator while he was doing his thing, I pretty much got the “Customers are supposed to eat here and not talk to us). The waitress that was taking orders, filling drinks and so forth sometimes forgot that she should go to the back room or outside to say things. Nothing bad was said but somethings should not be said in front of customers. I will admit that I was an outsider to their usual repeat customers, so they got precedence over me and my order. Not a big deal on any of this but I usually try to be objective, so this was the best thing I could nit pick.

Overall:
I went away happy and full, I don’t think I could ask for much more. I did manage to procure a coffee cup which was met with a question to another waitress coming on duty “can people buy our mugs?” followed by “how much?” At any rate I got my mug and just shook my head knowing regardless, I’ll be back.

Applebee’s

Address:
Applebee’s
105 Chestnut
Ames, IA 50010
515-233-6452
www.applebees.com

The Dish:
Appetizer Sampler (split)
House Sirloin (Tress)
Bourbon Street Steak (Me)
2 Diet Pepsi’s
$23 (tip and tax included)
(Actual subtotal was $43.70, we applied a $25 gift card we had)

Grade: 1 Fork, 1 Spoon

Thanks to my hard public work at a library, we received $50 worth of Applebee’s gift cards (two $25 cards) from the board of this library which we appreciated and used twice as indicated. Plus it was somewhat of a date night, so we took full advantage of the time and meal.

Ambiance: Almost everyone knows what Applebee’s is all about. If you don’t, it is a restaurant decorated with old (calling it junk is not fair but it was someone’s junk) stuff, movie posters, and local sports teams, be it high school, college, or professional. The day we visited just happened to be the coach call in show for the Iowa State Cyclones. Because of that it was packed, and we waited a considerable amount of time to get in.

Menu/Price: Think broad, as that is what Applebee’s tries to accomplish. They try to have a few specialty items for each standard category you would find in any night fare around the country. Additionally there was a new weight watchers section that gave the point values of the particular dishes. Good idea, but it is also a marketing ploy to make more money, which in the capitalistic sense I support. However take it a step further and just put the points on everything. Pricing is moderate by today’s standards, but I do recall a time when the house sirloin was $8.99. It was at $11.99 today, which really is not farfetched, had they been the same size and all. Portions have been cut (more on that later), which is also a way to increase revenue. Again very capitalistic and I support it but keep in mind, I have to support myself first.

Meal: Portions have dramatically shrunk. You used to get a plate that had no room on it whatsoever. Our plates had enough room to run a figure eight school bus race through. It is possible that they were running low on clean plates and just used what was available, but the plates appeared to be the same size they always were. Most places if they shrink the size they invest in smaller plates to give the illusion that the portions are the same. If you have not figured it out I am a capitalist, and this is defiantly capitalistic… enough of that though. The taste of the food however, was beyond great. Perhaps it was because we were pretty hungry or maybe it was just that good that day. Nothing could have tasted any better. Despite price and portions, Applebee’s is probably one of the better places, if not the best to get a steak at unless you’re going to a true steakhouse.

Service: It was busy but our waiter paid attention to us. The appetizer came out with lightning speed, but our main courses took a while. Not necessarily our waiters fault or even the kitchens. But it was worth the wait. The wait to get the bill took a bit longer than it should have. Given the number of people in house and people waiting, you would think they would try to get people moving in and out a bit quicker, you know more money = capitalistic…

Overall: If you have never been to an Applebee’s I am surprised you are reading this on the internet, as Applebee’s is as common as McDonalds and Burger King. Coming from a town where the only decent place to eat out on a date was Applebee’s I would find it hard to believe that most people have not been at one. It’s possible though, either way I do recommend trying it out if you have not and revisiting to someone who has not been there for a while. For the next visit, I am going to try the pulled pork slyders I saw but did not try.

Margaritas

Address:
Tio Juan’s Margaritas
93 Portsmouth Ave
Exeter, NH 03833

The Dish:
Tio Supreme (Tress)
Green Chile Enchiladas (Me)
2 Diet Pepsi’s
$35.92 (Tax and tip included)

Grade: 1 Fork, 1 Spoon

You would be amazed at how rough it is to find a good restaurant when 1) you are in unfamiliar territory, 2) someone else that is indecisive is with you and 3) you are both starving Marvin’s. We were going to do fast food and keep driving but I decided we should sit down outside of the rental car and maybe, oh I dunno talk.

Ambiance: Pretty good for being in an old converted K-mart (looked that way anyway). Normal adobe flair and the three amigos (statues) greeted each guest. It would not be a Mexican restaurant without the overly loud salsa music playing (which was ok because they had a decent system pumping out the tunes) or the giant sombrero’s for birthdays. Luckily it was neither of our birthdays but I think we could have had them for our anniversary if we would have asked. I would call this an “Americanized” Mexican restaurant, in the fact that it really is not authentic. Not that it is bad, it is not Latino owned and operated.

Menu/Price: Maybe it was because we were on the East Coast and maybe the standard of living is better than Iowa, but dang these prices are pretty high. Our meals were $11.79 and $12.49 respectively and a soda was $2.09 a pop (hahahahaha I said pop, Soda-Pop!). The cheapest thing you could get that was not an appetizer was either Fish Tacos or Chilie Relleno Especial both at $10.49. The prices are probably what cost them the rating the most.

Meal: It was grrrreat!!!! First we will start with table chips, they were locally made and similar to the ones that Don Pablos used to serve back home. The salsa, even better! It too was locally made and was not runny like most “homemade” ones are. Tress’s meal basically a super burrito with all the fixings. The thing was stuffed and piled with melted cheese. There was enough cheese in and on this thing to keep a dairy busy all week, I kid you not. My dish was equally cheesy and had a fantastic tomatillo sauce over two green chile and pork enchiladas.

Service: The table service was ok, a shift change or our waitress was about to take lunch so her priorities were elsewhere. We had a billing mishap in which we were charged for four drinks and not two. At first it was explained that refills were not free, to which I countered with update your menu’s and give me $4.18 back. For whatever reason they did not do this still, so I decided that her tip can be for the extra sodas. So in a sense she did not get a tip.

Overall: Aside from the billing error and the pricing, I would do this again. Maybe they took us as podunk farm folks from Iowa and tried to play that to their advantage perhaps? I do not believe this chain is associated the Margarita restaurants that are located in and around Kansas City.

Cafe Europa

Address:
Cafe Europa
600 U.S. 169
St Louis Park, MN 55426-1205
(952) 546-5062

The Dish:
Monte Crisco
Curly Fries
Diet Pepsi
$7.68 (tip and tax included)

Grade: 1 Fork, 1 Spoon
I had the privilege of spending a week in training at the at the Minneapolis location of Epicor. While this is a shared building, the first floor is almost like a little strip mall. Every day I went with classmates and some phone buddies to the eatery known as Cafe Europa. It was not what I expected.

Ambiance: Has the feel of a hospital cafeteria, mall food court, upscale downtown lunch gathering, and meeting room all rolled into one ball of wax. They had beyond your normal cafeteria options. They had little “kiosks” where groups of food we’re ordered and prepped. For instance, if you wanted a cheese burger or similar grilled sandwich, you went to the grill kiosk. If you wanted a fresh salad, there was a kiosk where they made salads to your liking. There was at least four or five of these, but I mainly focused on the grill kiosk. When you we’re done and visited the drink kiosk, you went to pay. The atmosphere was very lively as you felt you were in a larger mall’s food court.

Menu/Price: The menu’s at each kiosk really had something everyone would like. Plus they we’re made to order in which they met the customer’s requests. Although I did not take note of the pricing, I was told that nothing there costs over $10 per person… unless you wanted to get fat.

Meal: While I had five lunches there, I am going to focus on the Monte Crisco, which just happened to be the special on that particular Thursday. It was a grilled ham, turkey, and Swiss (I think) that I swear was between two pieces of light French toast, served with powdered sugar and raspberry sauce. I have never experienced anything like that and have desperately been trying to find another one! The curly fries that came with were pretty much like Arby’s… meaning they were good but not spectacular. However there was quite the quantity of them!

Service: As mentioned above, the staff would cater to the requests of those ordering, and it was observed that staff recognized frequent visitors and usually made up whatever they wanted without them asking. The lady who rang up half of the people (there were two lines, two registers) was exceeding nice and pleasant to work with.

Overall: So given the majority of the positive comments, why did I go for the 1 Fork, 1 Spoon, when ultimately it probably should be 1 Fork, 1 Knife? The reason is I found out after it was too late, that they were open for breakfast. And here I was eating hotel breakfast like a sucker, I guess my disgust is that I did not see hours anywhere in the cafe, but it is partially my fault because I guess I was not looking. That still does not seem like enough to doc them for, so I’ll nitpick that it was busy and hard to find a table.