Thursday, January 26, 2012

Firebird Cafe

Firebird Cafe is a small gem of a breakfast place. It's location, while easy to get to, is kind of off the beaten path. So, both times we've been there, we've had no trouble getting a table. It is partially self serve in that you have to order at a counter and get your own coffee, but other than that, you are waited on. Its open kitchen allows you to see the food being made and allows you to interact with the cooks. It's fun and friendly, and the food is awesome.
Location 163 Pearl Street, Village of Essex Junction
FOOD 5***** Fresh, delicious, nicely presented. The menu has the basic breakfast offerings as well as southwestern themed specials like Huevos Rancheros. There is also a selection of specialty omelets. I had the Spinach & Red Onion with sauteed mushrooms, pico de gallo, monterey jack and poblano cream sauce. YUM!!
COFFEE 5***** Hot,dark, locally roasted coffee in heated mugs and endless refills.
AMBIANCE Very casual, almost rustic with a collection of mis-matched tables and chairs. An open food counter lets you see right into the kitchen. There are lots of big windows looking out over Rt. 15 so there's lots of light, but the view is of traffic. While we were there some fresh flowers in a little vase were delivered to the table.
SERVICE 5***** Probably the friendliest service around.
PARKING Convenient little parking lot right on the side of the restaurant.
MAPLR SYRUP All you can eat real Vermont Maple Syrup
CLIENTELE It seemed to be mostly young professionals. There was a small group meeting going on when we were there.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS The food rivals, or may be better than, Sneakers or the Spot, but it's smaller and less crowded. Definitely a top favorite of ours.

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