#162: Cafe Americano

This morning I had a rare day off for company coming into town and getting ready for a busy wedding filled weekend.  I took the opportunity to go to breakfast and was joined by my grandma.  I saw this Amazon deal for Cafe Americano on Foothills at Junction recently and decided to try them out.  One of my readers brought this breakfast/lunch place to my attention a while ago.  They opened sometime early this year in the old Papaya Thai location.

We arrived at about 8:45AM and walked into a very quiet dining room.  There were maybe a couple tables occupied.  We were greeted instantly by the one server working at the time.  She offered us a booth or table and we took a seat.  The dining room hasn’t changed a whole lot aside from the color of the walls and new decorations.  The tables and booths are the same, as is the mini bar/counter thing that’s set up at the back of the room, which is basically an espresso bar now.  They have a menu dedicated to it.   Now seated at a small table near the windows, we were handed menus and she took our drink order.  We both ordered regular coffee, which she brought out immediately.  It was steaming hot, though not too hot to enjoy right away.  They serve Peet’s Coffee here.  I’m not even remotely a coffee connoisseur, I enjoy the drip Folgers my co-workers make, so I was pretty happy with this.  It’s free refills of course, and I had several.

The menu is long.  They start out with a big list of omelettes and move on to heavier, meat-focused plates.  After that you’ve got your typical egg-centric things like beneticts and combos, French toast, pancakes, waffles and so on.  The section that caught my eye was crepes.  It’s something you don’t run into that often around here, and I was interested in seeing how theirs was.  I picked out the California Crepe (two crepes filled with bacon, tomatoes, green onions, olives and mushrooms.  Filled and topped with American cheese and sliced avocado.  Served with hash browns or home-style potatoes.)[$8.99].  My grandma went with something from the seniors/children section, the Daylight Special (one egg, two strips of bacon or two sausage links, hash browns or home-style potatoes, served with toast or a biscuit)[$6.99].  She asked for the bacon to be a little on the crispy side.  The server mentioned that they are somewhat crispy normally, but would make a note of it.

The waiting began, and it was quite the wait.  We each had a refill or two while people paid and left, others came in to pick up to go orders, and a single person was seated and got his food well before ours.  I thought maybe he ordered ahead or that his order was insanely simple, but either way, our order took about 27 minutes according to my photo times.  That’s definitely some of the most waiting I’ve had to do for Eating Through Roseville in a while.  Right before our plates were brought out I heard a microwave ding and saw a muffin appear from that direction (which my grandma had picked in lieu of the toast or biscuit).  From my position in the dining room I could see the main make table of the kitchen and saw the cook slicing up avocado to finish up my plate.

Finally, our plates arrived.  I had also ordered a side of wheat toast which I had forgotten about.  The server mentioned that it was toasting and would be right out.  The first thing I noticed was that my avocado looked a little sad.  Upon closer inspection it appeared that in scooping it out, he really was scraping every bit of avocado out and there was traces of rind on the slices.  It wasn’t something I could taste or feel but the presentation was not great.

The crepe itself was thicker than I am used to and had a somewhat heavier, chewier texture to it.  I would put it somewhere between a crepe and a flour tortilla.  It wasn’t particularly hot, which is what my grandma said about her plate as well.  I also thought that they forgot the cheese, but I think I simply misread the description, because I did find it inside, along with all the other ingredients.  The bacon was definitely on the crispy side, though mixed in with the moist veggies it kind of lost that crisp.  Flavor-wise the whole thing was kind of blah.  Nothing really stood out to me,  Everything kind of blended together in every bite.  I had a small piece of my grandma’s stand-alone bacon and it was decent.  The hash browns I actually really enjoyed and had devoured them pretty quickly.  Mostly because they were very crisp on the top, which is how I love them.  A lot of places can’t even get them done that way when I ask for some reason, so this was nice.

Unfortunately it, and the Peet’s coffee were the highlights of this breakfast.  The toast was also not very warm and just kinda meh.  There was practically no butter on it, and I’m not sure why I expected something more than Welch’s jelly packets, but I did, and it was a little disappointing.

Overall, we were not at all impressed with our breakfast here.  The service was decent and at the very least pleasant.  There was nothing mentioned in regards to our food taking so long.  Was the experience horrible?  No, but it was certainly far from good.  We’ve got some great breakfast options in Roseville, and I highly doubt I will find myself here again.

Website: http://www.cafeamericanoroseville.com/

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