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Comfort Food Breakfast with Cozy Atmosphere in Lower Westchester?

laylag Dec 8, 2006 05:55 PM

Does anyone know of a place that isn't a diner - or is a very "cute" diner with really great and possibly innovative breakfast foods? I'm looking for something with a country/farm type feel, earthy with really good pancakes, waffles, omelets, home-made hash and maybe even grits, biscuits, etc. Something like Manhattan's Chat n Chew (with better food) and Sarabeth's in the city or Maureen and Daughters on Long Island.


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    laylag RE: laylag Dec 8, 2006 11:13 PM

    Nothing? No one? Does this mean it really doesn't exist?

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      chocolate chick RE: laylag Dec 8, 2006 11:30 PM

      Well, I'm sorry to say, I've lived in Westchester all my life (except college) and never had breakfast or brunch at a place that meets your description. However, I think City Limits has a pretty decent breakfast/brunch.

      But, if you are willing to travel to Norwalk/Westin CT, there is a GREAT place to try for weekend brunch. It is called Silvermine Tavern. It is in an old colonial style converted house and has a warm rustic feel (very country/farm type). It is buffet, but pretty high end. The choices are unique and plentiful. The pancakes are made to order with your choice of mix-ins and the best corned beef hash I have ever had bar none. The cost is quite reasonable and well worth the trip. Not quite Sarabeth's, but different and IMO, better.

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        laylag RE: chocolate chick Dec 8, 2006 11:35 PM

        Thanks chocolatechick. We will try heading to Norwalk some time down the road but I'm so bummed there isn't anything like that closer. There are so many restaurants that don't exist here but do elsewhere that I wonder why people don't open them. Seems there's a need for a bunch of stuff up here.

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          chocolate chick RE: laylag Dec 9, 2006 12:00 AM

          I agree Laylag. There has been some discussion in the past about the lack of great chow in Westchester. I also think it's true of grocery stores. There are some gems throughout the county, but few and far between.

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          debmom RE: chocolate chick Dec 11, 2006 01:07 PM

          Just checked the Silvermine website. It sounds so good! Breakfast buffet is only on Sunday. I'm putting it on my list of places to try.

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            dolores RE: debmom Dec 11, 2006 01:21 PM

            debmom, Silvermine (after having been to many, many brunches) is still the best bang for the buck. The property is pretty, the seating is nice, the service is good, and the sticky buns are delish. The selections are good, and the price isn't bad.

            But as laylag observed, there aren't a plethora of nice breakfast places. I'll have to give Rye Ridge Deli a try, but no there are no eggs and grits places as there are in the South, which include cheap prices and outstanding friendly service.

            Speaking of high prices, I had high hopes for MacMenamin's Grill's brunch, but was disappointed yesterday. While I still like their dinner very much, I am forced to admit their brunch is overpriced for what is delivered, for the following reasons:

            --the raw bar was outstanding, the oysters (Malpech, perhaps?) were creamy and fresh, AND plentiful at the outset. Emphasis on the word 'outset'. As with so many places, after all the shellfish was gone, they weren't replaced in a timely manner. Most pointedly the oysters, which was my main point of consumption.

            --the balance of food looked good, but I wasn't interested in any of it. There were no waffles or pancakes.

            --the mimosas were good and plentiful.

            --coffee was not served until asked for.

            --music was interesting (saxophones, piano) but FAR TOO LOUD.

            --dessert viewed at the 'outset', again emphasis on 'outset', wasn't replaced. I missed out on miniature cheesecakes because I didn't take them when I took my oysters. Not acceptable, in my opinion.

            --I had a wonderful time with the friends whom I met there.

            --was it worth $39. each ($50. each after tax and tip) or would I go back? No to both.

      2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: laylag Dec 9, 2006 01:41 PM

        Check out wobble cafe in Ossining. It's very cozy and kid-friendly. It is by no means fancy at all but they have great breakfast/brunch food, including grits, pain perdu, delicious varieties of pancakes, migas, crepes, comfort food like grilled cheese and mac'n'cheese... it's not super cheap but I love going here b/c it's so warm and the waitresses are super sweet and the owners are there almost all of the time topping off coffee and chatting with customers. I realize it's not lower Westchester, but not too far!


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          dolores RE: laylag Dec 9, 2006 01:47 PM

          I'm not sure if they have daily breakfast, but Yvonne's in Mount Vernon has a very good soul food Sunday Brunch.

          On the day I went, the people couldn't be nicer and I loved the food. I've read conflicting reviews, so YMMV.

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            seniorgriggle RE: laylag Dec 9, 2006 09:46 PM

            Not sure of the name, but there a place worth trying just off the road that leads down to Rye Playland. Unassuming joint but a decent breakfast and baked goods.

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              sherry f RE: laylag Dec 10, 2006 11:01 PM

              Why not try Rye Ridge deli in Rye Brook/Port Chester. It is unassuming and their breakfast is great.

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                mom2 RE: laylag Dec 11, 2006 01:39 PM

                two places I have enjoyed in the past, although it has been a while since I have been to either are, Main St. Cafe and Bentley's, both in Tuckahoe. Tasty, homemade, comfy food...

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                  celebrate18 RE: laylag Dec 12, 2006 06:03 PM

                  Stanz Cafe in Larchmont is a breakfast and lunch only place. I think its what you are looking for. Cozy, simple, fogged windows, good food. Inexpensive, homemade baked goods. I only wish the coffee were a bit better...but worth the visit.

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                    laylag RE: celebrate18 Dec 12, 2006 06:11 PM

                    Thanks celebrate18. I do know Stanz and have done it for lunch and like it a lot. It is cute but I really wanted somewhere that you are truly "waited on" and not standing in line to order and all. I have been meaning to try it for breakfast though so probably will give it a go soon.

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                    dolores RE: laylag Dec 13, 2006 10:28 AM

                    Interesting. Sounds like Westchester is in need of a nice, not screamingingly expensive breakfast place where they have good food and pleasant wait people.

                    Guess we're not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

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