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Aug 27, 2011 08:16 PM

Kimmie's Cup in Orange

We had a delightful breakfast at Kimmie's Cup this morning in Old Town Orange.Kimmie's has grown from one location to several in the Orange County area, and now even one in Nevada.

This is the first time we've eaten at any of them, as there are so many fun places in Orange near the Traffic Circle to try. Kimmie's is just south of Gastropub.

We arrived and placed our name on the list outside the doorway. There were several tables outside as well as lots of tables and a counter inside, and the place was busy - a good indicator! This location is really a charming place, and a model of efficiency. The layout of the long room is really well-thought out - from behind the counter the staff can see just about all of the indoor tables and be there within a few short steps.

We opted for the counter instead of waiting longer for a table. KImmie's coffee cups are cute, oversized and chubby, and offers of refills were frequent and friendly. The staff of smiling gals is attentive and fast with service and requests. Our breakfasts came relatively quickly considering the crowd, and hubby remarked that he had never had a hotter breakfast, perhaps because the kitchen was just a few feet away. Don't expect the plates to match, either - there's a certain homey charm to a variety of different patterned dishes, sort of like grandma's country kitchen. And everything seems quite clean as well - kudos to the manager who really knows her game!

Both our breakfasts were quite good - hubby had a homestyle plate - Country Scramble, with gravy over the entree and the side of biscuits. I enjoyed the "Irish Benedict" with minced corned beef hash on English muffins topped with poached eggs and sauce. I liked the choice of potatoes or fruit, and was offered 2 options - either melon chunks or a bowl of berries. The berries were fresh raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc.- a nice change of pace from melon. Hubby managed to finish his (just barely) and I opted to take home half of the Benedict to enjoy later for a small lunch, since we finished breakfasting about 10:30.

A charming environment, friendly & fast service, tasty food at reasonable prices - all in all, a very nice breakfast. Just one exception - with one long wall of brick, tiled floor, open kitchen and no booth seating, (no acoustical buffer) the din was quite loud, so folks were raising their voices accordingly to be heard by one another. Not a problem for those used to lots of noise, but for those of us with sensitive ears . . . well, next time I'll bring some ear plugs! Kimmie's is too good to pass up!

City of Orange Location
190 South Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866-1478

(714) 288-2899

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  1. The hand formed sausage patties and blueberry pancakes are outstanding.........some of the best I've ever had.........

    1. I think the food at Kimmie's is mediocre at best. In addition to the poor service there, I will never return. The waitresses there are way too young and inexperienced, not attentive at all.

      We ordered eggs benedict and a breakfast burrito. Eggs benedict were just ok, very small portion, potatoes were almost cold. The burrito was nothing better than a drive thru burrito. They didn't even give salsa with it, we had to ask, and we got a tiny 2oz cup of what seemed like prepackaged or store bought salsa with no kick to it whatsoever. Our water glasses were never refilled, our waitress took our order and we never saw her again. The girl who brought out our food was a different girl and we never saw her again either.

      Meanwhile, everyone around us was attended to very well. I wonder why.

      3 Replies
      1. re: iLoveUni

        Was this the location in Orange? You were there recently? We had very good service, and I don't know Kimmie or anyone there (or at the other locations) personally, so my review was completely an honest evaluation.

        You said everyone around you was attended well except for you, and you wonder why. I wonder too. That's just odd. Were you seated in an awkward place to reach? They are so busy in there that the tables are rather close together. We sat at the counter, so perhaps the service is better there. The gals were mostly young, but we didn't see any slouches among them, and any that came by seemed happy to help us if we caught their eye.

        But there are plenty of other places around Kimmie's that would appreciate your business and have good food too. We like Felix's (Cuban), Filling Station, Blue Frog cafe, and of course there's always Watson's and Rutabegorz. Enjoy!

        Filling Station
        201 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

        Felix Continental Cafe
        36 Plaza Sq, Orange, CA 92866

        Rutabegorz Restaurant Orange
        264 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

          1. re: Joani Macaroni

            Yes they stuck us in the corner, but the table right next to us got amazing service. Many times I will forgive the service if I love the food. But sadly it did not live up to its hype. I will have to try Felix's, I love Cuban food! Thank you for the recommendation.