Caesar salad with tempeh and shredded beets and carrots, with yerba mate, from Proper Eats, N Lombard St.
Proper Eats is serious about vegan food in a way that hasn’t historically done much for me since my preferences run in pretty much the opposite direction, but I’ve been trying to eat a little better lately and I decided to give them another shot. And maybe it was the bike ride into town in ass-cold weather, but this was a tasty fucking salad.
Two waffles, turkey ham and something, Nutella and jam, from Flavour waffle cart, N Lombard St.
We had friends visiting from out of town at the end of last year, so we showed them as many of our favorite places in town as we could. Turns out most of those were restaurants and other food vendors. It was a delicious couple of days.
Denver omelet, potato chunks, sourdough toast, coffee, Darcy’s on N Lombard St.
This place used to share space with University Coffee on the corner as sort of separate-but-connected restaurants but it seems like they’ve taken over the whole lot more recently.
I actually have a Darcy’s membership card that I think would eventually net me a free meal but I don’t eat here very often and feel a little bit like an idiot for even bothering to bust it out just to save five bucks a year on breakfast.
Though the time I ate there after the time that I got the card, the waitress asked while running my check if I wanted to get a card and I said “I’ve actually got one” and she shouted “THAT IS A GOOD LIFE DECISION, MAN” and that was kind of great.
Beef pad thai with peanuts, bean sprouts and green onions, egg roll, and ice water in mason jar, Thai Cottage, N Lombard St.
One of my standby lunch places in St. Johns. Tasty food, never particularly busy, and they seem to believe me when I say “no, really, not spicy at all, I’m a wimp”, so I’ve never had a meal turn out inedible.
Breakfast burrito with bacon and black beans, orange wedge and lettuce garnish, with black coffee, at Christie’s on N Lombard St.
This is the closest breakfast place to my house by at least a few blocks; I eat breakfast there probably once a week on average, minding my email and Metafilter and drinking two or three cups of coffee.
I’ve got a regular french toast and eggs and bacon that I don’t even have to order when the normal guy is working, but some mornings there’s someone else on shift and I mix up my routine by ordering off the menu. So: breakfast burrito today. Not bad, not great, for getting something in my stomach it was just fine.
That’s about par for this place. It’s nice to be a regular, nice to have a place that’s reliable and comfortable, even if it’s not really a bring-folks-from-out-of-town sort of joint.
Bacon, poached eggs, potatoes and toast with water, at James John Cafe in St. Johns.
One of my favorite nearby restaurants. Downtown St. Johns is a mile and change from from my house, and has a nice variety of restaurants, but this is one of the best for straight up tasty, nicely-crafted salty food. They’ve got a corned beef hash that I love to death, basically the same dish as this but juicy cornbeef chunks mixed in instead of bacon.
Every once in a while they poach the eggs a little too long, though, like today. I like my yolks straight up runny, not so much on the firm side. Better for mixing up with the potatoes. Still delicious, though.