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Omelettry Cafe; Migas and Chilaquilles in Brookline Village

galleygirl Jul 26, 2006 09:36 PM

It's a sad thing when you spy a hidden little NEW restaurant, just as you're walking out the door, after a filling lunch at another one...Galleymom and I had just had lunch at Family Restaurant, she had a felafel sandwich, more herby and softer balls, but full of salady things, I had the four appetizer sampler...The eggplant pancakes (Yum!), lentil kibbe(or whatever they're called), eggplant salad, and stuffed cabbage leaves. The cabbage leaves weren't all that, but the heap of Shepherd's Salad in the center were an unexpected bonus...

But right across the street, in what used to be a teeny salon, or something, I see, written on the window, hippy-style, "The Omelettry Cafe" "Tex-Mex, Quesadillas featured in Southern Living magazine"...I stowed mom in the car, and raced over...

Inside, the earthy-coffee house style continued, but they really got it right. A long narrow space, with chalkboard menu, and low lighting, that looks like it's been there for 30n years. Totally inviting.

It might be a coffee house, it might be a breakfast place(til 3 everyday!!), but the owner, Artie (i think) came from Texas, where his quesadillas were featured in, you guessed in, Southern Living...So, the breakfast til 3 features the basics, breakfast burritos, creat-an-omelet, and South of the Border specials...Huevos Rancheros, Migas, Chillaquilles, (I haven't had the last two, but I know people are always looking...), nopalitos, huevos guisada, etc...If you're looking for them, you know what they are..

Then, they have a smoothie bar. And a page of Mexican combination plates. And about 15 "nuevo" Quesadillas. And salads. AND A BUILD YOUR OWN CUSTOM BURRITO PAGE!!!!!!!!

Really, I'm so excited, this is killing me. Not even I had enough stomach room to take one for the team, but with shrimp and crab as one of their burrito choices, I may make room by tomorrow...Will this menu be too ambitious? If it's even edible, the place is so instantly comfy, it's a lock.

  1. Kip McSkipster Nov 19, 2006 03:33 AM

    I tried this place for breakfast again and I think it may be my last time. I ordered the nopalitos, and while the egg with cactus slivers and tomatillo salso tasted fine, they were all too watery - there was a pool on my plate. The accompanying beans and homefries were nearly floavorless. A lot of food, fair prices, funky place, but just not very tasty...oh, well.

    1. opinionatedchef Sep 18, 2006 03:49 PM

      thankyou dangle and lehall for the warning. too bad.

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        lehall2006 Aug 29, 2006 07:40 PM

        I work right around the corner from this place, so I was very excited when it opened. I'm amazed to hear that people have had positive experiences there, as mine have been beyond awful.

        The first time I went there, I ordered the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" smoothie. I then watched as the girl behind the counter checked the menu multiple times to confirm what was supposed to be in my drink. She was clearly untrained, and the resulting smoothie tasted like ice water with a shot of Hershey's syrup. Needless to say, it went right into the trash.

        A few weeks later, I decided to give it another shot and stopped in for lunch. I ordered the "gourmet grilled cheese," which was supposed to include four different cheeses on grilled bread. Despite the place being nearly empty, I waited for more than 30 minutes for the sandwich. By that point, my lunch hour was up, so I grabbed the styrofoam box and ran back to the office. I was beyond disappointed when I opened it up to discover thick slices of unmelted yellow American cheese sandwiched between soggy white toast and a random plop of canned salsa. Oh, and a child's snack-sized bag of Cheetos. (???) Hardly the "gourmet grilled cheese" I had ordered. Again, I threw everything into the trash.

        I WANTED to like the Omelettry; I really did. It's got a fun, funky vibe and nice staff. But after these experiences, I don't think I'll be going back. Some of my co-workers have had okay experiences with the tex-mex stuff, but I don't think any of them have become repeat customers.

        1. bitsubeats Aug 26, 2006 03:38 PM

          well, has anyone eaten here yet? I really want to try it out for late breakfast/brunch!

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            psora Aug 26, 2006 10:10 PM

            If you can wait a week, going next weekend for breakfast with a friend who is back in town overnight. I'll post then.

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              cvb Aug 28, 2006 01:55 PM

              I thought I posted about my visit... oops.

              Went with a friend for breakfast at 11am on a Sunday. We were lucky to get a table. There were a few larger groups that took up the small tables. It was a hot morning and the a/c was weak (that really reminded me of Austin).

              I had migas, friend had nopalitos (eggs with cactus). Both were served with beans, potatoes and corn tortillas. I enjoyed it all. My eggs were a little cold and it was tough to grab the waitress for more coffee. I forgive that as it is pretty new and seemed to get crowded fairly quickly.

              Another time, ordered take out. We called in an order for two burritos. Neither order was correct. (They have a build-your-own burrito menu with 20 or so choices). Friend got what we thought was shrimp but turns out it was 'crab and shrimp'. She was disappointed as it seemed like all crab, and a crab salad to make it worse. We got grilled veggie quesadilla to split, excellent.

              The menu is pretty extensive. They have several 'standard' sandwich options and a list of smoothies. It will be my go-to for breakfast (unless its a morning that calls for bloody marys) and I think next time I am craving a burrito, I'll go in rather than call it in.

              So overall I give it a recommendation. Bring a paper and be prepared to wait for a table on a weekend morning. Hopefully the little service hiccups will even out.

              As far as it being related to Austin, our waitress had no idea. The reviews on the wall are for Austin's Omelettry and the can on the counter is for donations to the Austin Humane Society. If it is not related, I think they may be stalkers :)

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              cvb Jul 27, 2006 09:06 PM

              Okay, I think there is something wrong with me that I am THAT excited over your post! The Austin Omelettry is great. I forwarded your review to my friend and we both cannot wait for Sunday morning.

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                Oodles of Noodles Jul 27, 2006 10:35 PM

                A friend of mine asked the guy who owns the place if it was related to the Omelettry in Austin, and the guy said it was not. But still... migas! Yum!

              2. Kip McSkipster Jul 27, 2006 08:08 PM

                Tried the migas for breakfast today - I liked them, but have almost no point of reference (maybe had migas once years ago). Big plate of food, heaps of migas, potatoes, and beans, with a couple of tortillas, served with a nice green salsa (with a little kick). $7.95, I think. Good coffee, too. They're working out some kinks - I was served the wrong thing, but the owner quickly came out and swapped plates, no problem. I talked with him - he says this is his 7th restaurant, having opened places in Hawaii, Austin, TX, and the somewhere on the Cape. He's opened places both named the Omelettry and Arturo's (?). Anyway, funky place, very small (I suspect weekend brunch there will have some long waits), menu looks extensive. They not only do lots of southwestern and tex-mex, but also have a whole bunch of sandwiches. I'm looking forward to trying the quesadillas.

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                  psora Sep 5, 2006 12:29 AM

                  Friend and I had the migas there for breakfast yesterday and I thought they were good. Hmmm, didn't get the salsa on the side mentioned above though and I was thinking they could have used just a little more heat. Anyway, I'm like you and don't have a frame of reference, but I thought they were good. Nice taste and texture with very very mild heat from the chilies in them and piping hot. I liked the refried beans, which had more flavor than they do most places. Hearty breakfast/brunch that was perfect on a chilly day. Service friendly but still learning. Nothing major, but reading above there is that missing salsa and having had my coffee earlier at home I ordered a diet coke instead, which was only filled up to several inches below the top - not just "not filled all the way" but a noticeably much lower than it should have been. But when I asked the waitress to please fill the glass a bit more, she took it very nicely and in fact gave me some extra. We got there in time to be almost finished before it got really full, which may have helped. I'd happily have the same for breakfast again, would like to try some of the other breakfast options, and will go back to try some of the tex/mex for lunch. Reviews eveywhere seem to say to stick with tex/mex and breakfast there, which works for me.

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                  cvb Jul 27, 2006 01:54 PM

                  Nice! Just sent out the email to the girls... making plans for Sunday brunch.

                  When I lived in Austin there was an Omelettry. I wonder.

                  I'm one of the ones always looking for Migas. Had it at Cottonwood recently but it was off of a function menu.

                  Hopefully I'll have a report next week.

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                    maryv Jul 26, 2006 10:53 PM

                    The Phoenix reviewed it last week: http://www.thephoenix.com/article_ekt...

                    Short version: delicious, but go for the core Tex-Mex offerings; there is a wide range of menu options but the Tex-Mex is what really shines.

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                      galleygirl Jul 26, 2006 11:33 PM

                      Thanks for the link; I missed last week's phoenix...I was all about the Mexican stuff; can't wait.....

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                      chuck s Jul 26, 2006 10:25 PM

                      Thanks for the post. I'm on my way with the rest of the ss.

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                        galleygirl Jul 26, 2006 11:33 PM

                        I dunno, they look like Democrats...;)

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                          chuck s Jul 27, 2006 12:06 AM

                          Bummer! They closed at 6, I arrived at 6:45. Wound up at the Family Restaurant.

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                            galleygirl Jul 27, 2006 12:41 AM

                            Open til 7, thurs, fri,sat....

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