Sometimes life teaches you a lesson. For me it was one which I learned unwillingly (initially) the other day. It was a Thursday afternoon, 1:00pm, I was very hungry and craving Thai food. My friend and I drove to Tasty Thai (which I love). I was already craving the hot & sour soup and masamman curry. My heart sank when I saw the “Closed for lunch on Thursday May 31st” sign in the window. What evil thing did I do to deserve this? As I was searching for answers, my friend recommended The Park Cafe just one block away. I reluctantly agreed.
It took a little while for my bad mood to subside but I began to take in the place. The Park Cafe is definitely a place where you eat, relax, linger, socialize, read the paper; much like Blue Plate Diner. It has a very inviting atmosphere; being an old bungalow home remodeled to a restaurant helps with the hometown feel. This place has a huge weekend following. If you drive by late morning on a Saturday or Sunday, there are people waiting out on the street.
The menu is small: Breakfast options, Hamburgers, Sandwiches, Soups, and Salads. Since they are open from 7:00am-3:00pm, they don’t need much else. Having eaten at The Better Burger Truck the night before, I wasn’t craving a sandwich or burger. Ultimately I chose the Michigan Hash; partially because of the name. It includes park potatoes (their delicious version of hash browns) mixed with sausage, onions, mushrooms, peppers, topped with cheddar cheese and 2 eggs. As if that wasn’t enough food, it’s servedwith a side of toast.
Like most life lessons, I was ultimately grateful for this one. The Park Cafe is delicious. The Michigan Hash was a wonderful skillet. All the ingredients are fresh and cooked well. The sausage is spicy but not overpowering. The park potatoes are crispy but dry; not enough to ruin the dish but it does need a little something. It’s a heavy dish; you won’t be eating much dinner that night but you will leave happy and relaxed. I didn’t think that I would be able to touch the toast; I was full but they had Marion Barry Jam on the table-it was wonderful.
|French Toast: looks like a meal in and of itself|
My friend had the Veggie Omelet and 2 slices of French Toast. It was an incredible amount of food but he finished it, and loved it. His exact words were: “The grilled peppers, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes were perfect. That was the best restaurant omelet I’ve had.” He is a fellow Foodie which means we might enable each other and that will be bad on the wallet. However, the prices here are not bad, $6.95 for the Michigan Hash and $7.50 for the Veggie Omelet. Worth it, I think so.