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“Needs more time to get better” 3 of 5 stars
Review of American Bistro and Coffeehouse

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American Bistro and Coffeehouse
10407 Main St, Fairfax, VA
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Ranked #232 of 356 Restaurants in Fairfax
Cuisines: American
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“Needs more time to get better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Sorry to say I can't recommend this coffee house. Why? Twenty five minutes to get a scrambled egg and cheese sandwich, no decaf coffee ready at nine on a Saturday morning. It all adds up to too much wait time for an average breakfast. Other coffee shops nearby deliver better meals in less time. Here are the pros and cons for this café. Pros: Clearly dedicated to serving good coffee and espresso. An eclectic mixture of old furniture manages to convey the sense of a place that's been here for years instead of months. Cheerful vintage mix of salt and pepper shakers in various forms on the tables. Cons: No printed breakfast menu so had to ask what the options were and then sort thru additional options (what kind of cheese, etc.) without an awareness of price. Lack of experience in the cooking area and owner's children on site added up to a distracted owner with divided attention span. Would like to see this place make a go of it because it is family owned and the owners clearly have an eye on the quality of their coffee and espresso. What might they do to succeed? Limit food choices to concentrate on quickness and quality in this area. Better train staff to pay attention to details like having fresh coffee ready to go at peak times. Cute salt and pepper shakers but ours (tiny barrels) were empty, so attention needs to be paid here as well. Bottom line. The breakfast sandwich I got was similar to one I would cook in a hurry at home, while rooting thru the fridge for a piece of cheese and aha(!) finding one that while a bit limp would suit for a stand up in the kitchen in a rush meal. Not up to standard for a restaurant one.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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