by Kat Robinson
You gotta give credit to a place that actually has on its menu the listing "Green Eggs-n-Ham." No kidding, there it is, complete with byline "includes home fries and biscuit or toast 7.95." If that doesn't wake you up with a smile, I don't know what will.
See, that's the sort of attitude you can appreciate at Hayestack Cafe, a local joint that calls itself a "no-frills restaurant that serves good food." How can you go wrong with that?
I dropped in the other day just to try it out. And boy, let me tell you what.
Breakfast is served until 2 p.m. each day (except Monday, when they're closed). The menu includes breakfast sandwiches, a nice selection of omelets, pancakes, grit cakes, a signature breakfast platter and French toast. I went for the latter after reading the description underneath the listing: add candied pecans and vanilla cream anglais. That's the sort of listing you see at a fancy-pants restaurant, not on a cafe menu for $4.25. Yeah, that was going to be mine. I also ordered some home fries.
I was not disappointed. The French toast was properly eggy without being sweet, but the sweet cream and the pecans made up for it, a good balance that felt decadently like blowing a diet. The home fries ($1.99 a la carte) were great slightly dry cubes of potato, like seasoned French fry bites that were perfect with a hint of ketchup. I was all into that.
You know, most of the time I go out I manage to make it through breakfast without anyone noticing. However, the nice lady who told me about the place happened to spot me and asked me if I was who I was. She then asked if I'd try a biscuit. I nearly turned her down -- I was full as a tick already. But I relented And I am so glad I did. This little buttery soft biscuit was cakey and moist, the sort you get only if you've patted it by hand and just pulled it out of the oven. The hint of butter on top was really all that biscuit needed, no jam or jelly to smother it, none of that. I kept picking at the crumbs and made myself miserable eating as much as I did.
Yeah, you know I'll be going back -- not just for breakfast but to try out some of the other good food on the menu. I heard whisper of a po'boy. You know that means the hubster has to come along, too.
You'll find Hayestack Cafe way out there on Kanis at Ferndale Cutoff. It's a white building with a green roof that's on the right just before the stop sign on the corner. They're open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and eight to four on Sunday, closed Monday. (501) 821-0070.