Cafe St. Jorge is a bit of a drive for breakfast but billed as Portugese and Azores-inspired, it offered a prelude to our Portugese holiday in the fall.
At 9:30 am, Saturday, a line was just sprouting, but seats were already scant. We queued up, admired the lopsided frames of landscapes on the walls and the pastries in the showcase, surveyed the healthy bowlfuls enjoyed by the crowd of diners who looked and sounded as if they had just earned their degrees, most fingered their phones while waiting. Babies abounded, dogs are allowed.
The raven-haired counter girl with a lovely accent was flustered when I asked if the "conserva" was house-made, made me show the list on the menu and only then recalled the preserved sardine, tuna and octopus sides were imported from Portugal. We opted for the waffles, the house specialty, saving our seafood appetite for the real thing in Lisboa.
My Orange Blossom waffle topped simply with yoghurt was a rhapsody of crisp and fluffy, creamy and sweet with a splash of maple syrup. Loved every mouthful, left no room for the pasteis de nata, somewhat a national treat
M's savory waffle was loaded with ham and cheese with spinach, robust and satisfying to the palate and the belly.
The place touts its coffee ($4 bottomless), but considering ourselves java connoisseurs, we played cautious, went for the mug ($2.75, $1 retouch). Which was wise because theirs paled against my morning golden brew from non-fancy beans. Theirs was a bit on the bashful side.
Don't go hungry because the wait can last over 20 minutes as in our case, though it was worth it. Also, by 11 am, the line was out the door, tables scarce. Maybe order out.
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