Sunday, October 23, 2011

Breakfast in SLC - Millcreek Cafe and Eggworks

My one gripe about Salt Lake City is its restaurants. Coming from Washington, DC with its ever expanding diversity and number of good, really good, and fantastic eating establishments, this place was an adjustment. I realize that living in the Washington, DC area for so many years really spoiled me. This is one of the things I miss most about Washington. To be fair to Salt Lake, I've been here less than 2 years and I don't go out to eat as much as I used to. So I don't know the good places yet. It takes time. I lived in DC for 20 years, so I had time to find the good places. What do you do when you move to a new city? You ask friends, you read reviews, you do internet research (resources such as Yelp certainly help), but these only help so much. You have to get out there and find and test the places yourself.

Today we did that for breakfast and I now can say I do have one good recommendation for breakfast: Millcreek Cafe and Eggworks at 3084 East 3300 South.

My husband and I love breakfast, and we typically eat breakfast in because we are excellent breakfast makers and I prefer to know that I am eating quality items we purchased at the grocery store - coffee we like, organic eggs, butter, cheese, and meat that we know came from more humane farms. Plus its nice to sit around the house in your pjs on the weekends instead of getting dressed and leaving the house for food. But sometimes you just want to go out. In the case of today we weren't stocked for making breakfast, didn't feel like making breakfast, and I had a mean craving for bacon and pancakes.

As much as I don't like to eat a lot of meat, bacon is my weakness. I love it. Its really hard for me to say no to it. Usually of late I intentionally do not buy it to have in our fridge, because I know I will just eat it. Pancakes on the other hand, meh. I rarely to never want them. I do not like sweet food, especially in the morning. I'd always prefer an egg with spicy salsa and cheese rather than a donut or pastry or pancakes for breakfast. But my husband has a large framed photograph of pancakes sitting around the house, from a past gallery show - a close up shot with these delicious looking pancakes.  We were looking at it the other day, and ever since then I have been craving pancakes.

This is what drove us out of the house this morning to Millcreek Cafe and Eggworks. Its close by. We had been there once before months ago and remembered it as being good. So we went. It was a great choice.

Open since 2006, it is small and cozy - a real neighborhood place. It is open daily from 7 am to 2 pm and serves both breakfast and lunch. They have a nice selection of breakfast items - your standard breakfast fare, with a Mexican flair for some items. The cappuccino was not great - next time I will stick with a regular cup of coffee. However our food was pretty good. We each got an egg dish and split a side of pancakes. Again, pancakes I can have as a side, but I have to have my eggs with a ton of hot sauce. Willingness to share a side of pancakes - reason #356 why I love my husband.

Salt Lake needs more places like this. No more chain establishments! If you are looking for a good breakfast place in the area, I recommend this place. Plus you can go shopping at REI, Savers or Smiths just across the street afterward.

Other restaurants I've found in SLC that I have blogged about and would recommend: Himalayan Kitchen, Red Iguana and Bruges Waffle & Frite. Other Salt Lake City restaurants that I would recommend but haven't blogged about yet: Barbacoa, Papa Murphy's, The Copper Onion, the restaurant at the Sundance Resort, Tony Caputo's Food Market, 9th South Deli, all of the Market Street restaurants, Squatters and Red Rock Breweries.

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