We spent the night in Cle Elum (on the other side of the Cascades) and were looking for a restaurant with vegetarian offerings for my daughter on our trip home to Olympia. We stopped for brunch on a Sunday. It was around 10:00. We entered an empty restaurant. I mean completely empty. No guests, no cook, no waiters. The door was open and the sign said they were open. We looked around the room. It has a small bandstand in the back for the performers who come in the evenings. There is a counter and about 10 tables. There are displays of local artists on the walls and a couple of display cases. I thought to myself that if I ever discovered Alice's Restaurant in Washington it would probably look like this. We called "Hello" hoping to discover who was there. After several minutes I was ready to leave and Alice herself finally came out of the back completely oblivious to the fact that she had just barely missed losing customers. This introduction did not really impress me and may have colored the rest of my impression of our experience.
My son and I had the Hot Chocolate. There was generous whipped cream but the hot chocolate itself was disappointing.
My son had the French toast, with two scrambled eggs and 2 pieces of bacon. The bacon was perfect. The scrambled eggs were fine. The French toast was decent, made on home made bread but no cinnamon and served with cheap imitation maple syrup.
I had the Green Onion, Asiago Scramble with potatoes, toast and fruit. It was interesting. The waitress ("Alice") did not offer ketchup to have with the potatoes and I was afraid to ask since the place reeks of anti-establishment. The scramble was very good. The potatoes needed ketchup. The fruit was an orange slice and a slice of nectarine. I guess she thought I wasn't going to eat the fruit so why waste it on me.
My wife had the special. I don't recall what the name was. She loved it and was very pleased with her breakfast. She had coffee as did my daughter.
My daughter had the Black Dog Scramble with feta, black olives, fresh tomatoes, green onions and dill, served with potatoes and toast. She was quite satisfied as well.
The price was expensive in my opinion, about $10 each for the meal described.
Service was a little slow.
My wife would have given this restaurant 5 stars. My daughter 4 stars. My son 3 or 4 stars.
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