Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Westsider Café, 1180 Walker Ave NW - 2/25/2010

If you have a taste for breakfast at any time of the day (before 3:00pm at least), this is your place. Being on the west side, the restaurant offers some Polish Plates (golabki anyone?) but specializes in breakfast. The food is high quality and the service and atmosphere are friendly. The restaurant is not large and has a small row of wooden booths against one wall, a few tables along the front window, the kitchen located on the opposite wall, and about 4 or 5 wooden tables fill in the rest of the space. It wasn’t very crowded at 12:30 but they probably do more business in the morning (they open at 6:00am M-F, 7:00 am on Saturday).

Run-of-the-mill eggs can be found in most breakfast restaurants, but this café is creative. The list of Westsider Breakfasts starts with the basic “1st Street” (eggs, choice of meat, redskins, toast), and moves through interesting egg variations that end at “10th Street” (fried egg sandwich, choice of ham, sausage, bacon, or kielbasa, and melted cheese). Six skillet dishes are offered along with omelets. For the non-breakfast diners, there are burgers, melts, sandwiches, soups, and the aforementioned Polish Plates. Interestingly, there’s a Cuban influence on the menu. You may order a Cuban Eggs Benedict or a Cubano sandwich (both of which will be popular with the carnivore crowd as they contain both pork and ham), and black beans are heavily featured in various dishes.

So many interesting choices made ordering difficult but the first item settled upon was the “6th Street” Breakfast Burrito: scrambled eggs, sausage, onions, redskin potatoes, black beans, and shredded cheese, wrapped in a tortilla and covered with green chile sauce and salsa. It was amazingly tasty with a wonderful combination of flavors. Our second selection was the #1 Skillet: scrambled eggs, sausage, onions, potatoes, and homemade gravy, topped with cheddar cheese, accompanied by english muffin toast. Again, it was a great combination of flavors, and both dishes were very nicely presented and required a take-home box.

The Westsider Café provides to-go and catering services so if you want to serve kielbasa, kapusta, or pierogies at your next party, or just want to enjoy a cheery neighborhood atmosphere, interesting food, and a great breakfast, check it out. Prices range from $5.59-$7.95.

10-19-12 Edit: Here are a few pictures from our visit today,
the gargantuan 7th Street,
and the more reasonably sized Polish Skillet.
We don't see an internet presence anywhere for this place,
but kudos to the hard-working and friendly staff!

The Westsider Cafe on Urbanspoon

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