If the title of this post looks familiar, that’s because back in September I declared Horseshoe to be my new favorite breakfast spot. Unfortunately, Horseshoe closed a couple months ago so my girlfriend and I have been searching for a place to fill in that gap. On Saturday, I talked her into hopping on the bus with me down to Aunt Mary’s Cafe on Telegraph, in between 43rd and 44th. I had to do some serious convincing, since I had scared her away from Aunt Mary’s a few months ago by showing her City Homestead’s not so steller review of the restaurant (which was later updated). But from the moment we walked in, we could tell that this would soon become a regular weekend morning destination.
The space itself is gorgeous, actually very similar to Horseshoe except a bit bigger. The huge windows allow sunlight to pour in, and for warmer days, there’s a fair amount of outdoor seating. Also, like Horseshoe, the walls feature rows of art. Unlike Horseshoe, the paint and the wood are much lighter, giving the restaurant a more open and calming feel.
So we were already kind of in love when our food arrived. I ordered the red flannel hash – root vegetables and brussel sprouts topped with two poached eggs and a very pink beet sauce. My girlfriend ordered the pancakes, and we shared a biscuit. Everything was beautiful and delicious.
I’m not sure I can say enough about my breakfast. I absolutely love root vegetables, and they were cooked and seasoned well. And brussel sprouts are one of my favorite foods that I never get to eat because few others like them and a side of brussel sprouts is usually too much for me to eat on my own. My only complaint about the dish is that the eggs were a bit overdone for my taste, but that really didn’t matter because I wasn’t paying much attention to the eggs. The pancakes were light, fluffy, and very tasty, especially when paired with the jam that came with the biscuit.
As we were finishing our meal, a friend of mine was leaving the restaurant and came over to chat. He lives just a few blocks from Aunt Mary’s and said it has become a regular breakfast spot for him. I lamented the loss of Horseshoe, and he replied that though the food was good at Horseshoe, Aunt Mary’s is everything that Horseshoe never was. Though I loved Horseshoe, I’d have to agree. The service at Aunt Mary’s is incredible, while at Horseshoe I sometimes had to walk back to the kitchen to get our server’s attention. And this might be the reason that Aunt Mary’s is thriving, while Horseshoe didn’t make it.
I know I’ll be back soon, and I highly recommend checking it out for brunch or breakfast. Also, Aunt Mary’s just started serving dinner, and it’s BYOB with no corkage fee, so that might be a good option for a cheaper night out.