Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Cafe 222

September 9, 2007

Back to an old favorite.

Good coffee while waiting for a table.

Good oatmeal. Hearty. Hot. Flavorful. Something to chew on.

Pastel colors. Service dishes changed again. Good-sized bowls.

Maybe a bit too much brown sugar. Each of us had to spoon some sugar to the side before eating.

Oatmeal Penrose Colorado

September 2, 2007

Penrose: A dot on the map on the way to Canon City and the Royal Gorge.

Restaurant: Michelles? Brass Horse? We couldn't be sure of the name of the restaurant.

Oatmeal. $2.75. Raisins. Milk in a stainless pitcher. Unremarkable.

Institutional coffee. Hot and plenty of it.

Very good service from a solicitous waiter.

World Famous Oatmeal

August 5, 2007

A wonderful beach restaurant. Who would think they would serve oatmeal with their Screwdrivers and Mimosas? Dark inside the restaurant. Bad for reading the paper, good for seeing the beach.

"Hearty oatmeal. Simmered to order served with brown sugar raisins and whole milk." $5.25

Coffee: Hot and served quickly. Rich. Chicory flavor.

Two oatmeals. One runny, one thick and a bit gooey. Probably instant. Hot. Good sized bowls. Acceptable, not outstanding.

Golden raisins. Light brown sugar. Milk. All in little pitchers.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Oatmeal Soleil@K

July 15, 2007

Soleil@K Restaurant in the Marriott Gaslamp at 6th and K in the Gaslamp

Menu: Old fashioned oatmeal with dried fruit $6.00
Starbucks Coffee $3.00

Presentation: Large white bowl on a white tray. Nice.
Temperature: Hot
Sides: Brown sugar and raisins were already on the oatmeal. Milk served separately. Maybe a bit too much brown sugar, especially for one of us.
Texture: This was old fashioned oat meal, and almost on the gluey side, but not quite gluey. The bottom of the oatmeal molded to the bowl. Not a lot of texture.
Flavor: Good
Serving Size: Good.
Restaurant: Open to the street. Very nice. World beat music.
Coffee: Strong and hot. We had our own pot, which was nice.
Service: Good. We felt comfortable reading the paper in an airy uncrowded space.

This could be one to go back to, but it is not at the top of the list.

Oatmeal Horton Grand

July 8, 2007

Ida Bailey's Restaurant in the Horton Grand, just down the street from a very crowded Cafe 222.

Menu: Oatmeal $2.25
Sides: Standard: Milk, brown sugar, raisins. Served in crockery, not plastice.
Presentation: Big bowl, white plate
Temperature: Hot
Flavor: Standard, and acceptable, not outstanding
Coffee: Hot, but standard fare
Oats: Quick
Service: Very nice. Waiter intersted and solicitous.

A good place for a $2.25 bowl of oatmeal. Restaurant is Victorian, with painted flowers and vines.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

June 24, 2007 City Deli

June 24, 2007

City Deli
5th and University
San Diego

Menu Description: Hot oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar $4.75
Texture: Gruel-like, creamy
Presentation: Bowl on a plate. Orange slice. Plastic cups of raisins (old and hard), brown sugar (fresh) butter, pitchers of milk
Temperature: Hot
Flavor: OK. Heat and sides helped.

Atmosphere: Very fun. Juke box a hit. Leather booths. Art deco. Nice decor.

April 11, 2007 Pershing Square, Manhattan

April 11, 2007

Pershing Square
42nd and Park, Near Grand Central Station

"Best and Busiest Breakfast in New York City"

Menu Description: Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal. $7.00 With sliced berries and bananas $8.00

Presentation: White crockery bowl on white crockery plate with doily. Real cream in a steel pitcher.
Texture: Steel cut with barley-type chunks
Flavor: Good
Temperature: Not hot. Tepid.
Fruit: Fresh and good
Atmosphere: Bustling
Service: Quick and friendly
Coffee $3.00. Decent not great