Monday, August 20, 2012

Cafe 100

About a week ago, on a Saturday morning, my wife and I wanted a big breakfast. But we REALLY didn't want to do any dishes. In addition, we wanted something closer to our house than Davidson or Mooresville. So, we decided to finally try Cafe 100.

On the former location on Toast, Cafe 100 has never been among my top "must-eats" of the area. I loved the Huntersville location of TOAST, and I really didn't like seeing it go. So I held onto the grudge for as long as possible, but eventually my tummy won the debate, and I found peace with trying this restaurant.

The inside still looks almost identical to Toast: wood paneling, tables, chairs, counter near the kitchen; it's all still there. However, now there is artwork on the walls (for sale), and some of it is pretty good. Once we arrived, a waitress told us to grab any seat we wanted. So we chose a table for two against a wall in the back room.

Shortly thereafter, our waitress asked for our drink orders. We begged for coffee, and it was brought out shortly along with some slices of pound/coffee cake. That was good!

The coffee was never refilled. That was bad.

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Shortly after we got the coffee we placed the order. My wife chose the French Toast topped with bananas, while I went for the SoCal (I'm assuming short for Southern California) omelet. The orders came out quickly. Her french toast looked, smelled and tasted amazing and the side of bacon was nice and crispy (I snagged a bite or two when she wasn't looking)

My omelet was big and almost filled the plate. The portion of the plate that wasn't filled with omelet, was filled with home-style potatoes.

I lied earlier, the omelet wasn't big. It was HUGE! It was filled with asiago cheese, tomatoes, bacon and.... I'll call it guacamole. I was told by my server (unfortunately, the menu contains no description) it would be avocado. And technically, I guess it was. But really, it was guacamole.

Make a perfect omelet every time with this stainless steel omelet pan from Wolfgang Puck

Which, honestly, I'm almost OK with. After all, I love a good guac! However, I REALLY don't like being mislead at a restaurant.

If it's guacamole, say so. But don't tell me it's avocado when it's not. Avocado is only one of several ingredients in guacamole. It's like saying a beef patty is a hamburger. It is, but it REALLY isn't.

That said, the omelet was good. And though I might not get the SoCal again, I wouldn't hesitate to try another omelet here. The biggest disappointment at breakfast came with our service. After the food came, we were pretty much ignored, and our coffees got cold, and then empty.

When eating breakfast at a full-service restaurant, I expect the coffee to be refilled every so often. In our 30 minutes at this restaurant, it wasn't refilled once.

At first, this wasn't a problem as the coffee mugs are quite large. However, once the mugs were empty (when we were more than half through our meal) we wanted a fill-up. Unfortunately, our server wasn't to be found. By the time she finally appeared, our meals were completed and we were asking for the check.

I almost forgot, my omelet came with toast.  Which was OK.  However, we both thought the meal was better when the restaurant was actually TOAST.

Summary: Nice atmosphere and decent food, make this restaurant a staple of local families. However, the bad service and slightly misleading ingredient list make this a memorable visit for all the wrong reasons.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 2/5
Total: 9/15

Price: $$ (omelets are about $8, and coffee and tip will put ya in the $13 range, per person)
Kid friendly: Yes; kid's menu items are $4.

Restaurant Info:
Cafe 100
100 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC


Mon. - Fri., 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sat. - Sun., 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Fri. - Sat., 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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