The wine queen and I have stopped by the College Inn numerous times for breakfast prior to a noon UVA football game. We try to arrive early as football weekends tend to be busy and they are always understaffed in the AM, or so it seems to us. We usually arrive around 10:00 AM, wait in line for way too long, finally get seated, wait for a waitperson, eventually have some coffee, and later than sooner have a decent breakfast served.
Things were different last Saturday. At least it seemed that way to us. We arrived before 10:00 AM, watched the staff pass by empty tables numerous times and eventually seat us ... with regular menus. We were advised that the CI serves lunch after 10:00 AM, but that there were some omelets on that menu. There were indeed. And the sides were salad and bread. We politely protested ... it was not the waitress' fault. Ordered our omelets, chose a salad dressing while half jokingly asking for homefries ... sorry, she said ... and toast instead of bread ... she smiled and left to turn in our orders.
Coffee, by the way, was served in foam cups. I joked to the wine queen that at least we could take it with us ... as I indeed did.
The salads arrived in fairly short order. They were lackluster, but since our omelets were only about $8 or $9 as I recall, I could not expect too much, I guess. When the omelets did arrive, much to our surprise, they included homefries and toast. The homefries were OK, the toast was indeed toasted. But the packaged butter pats were ice cold, and the warm toast could not phase it. The queen's veg omelet looked better than my western omelet. I wish I had requested cheese in mine as it was rather boring, sorry to say ... not that I would have gotten any cheese, but the staff had certainly seemed accomodating otherwise so maybe I would have. We recall that every time we go there, the staff ends up having to apologize for the slow service. I give the wait staff credit for trying. I do not know who runs the place, but the word must be getting around, because the place was not full ... on a football weekend no less ... and there was no line waiting when we left. I've dined at the CI since 1966 or 67. Sorry to see it be such a disappointment as of late.
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