It wasn’t all that long ago it seemed there were only a handful of notable breakfast and lunch spots around town, outside of a slew of ” diner-style” places. You know . . . the ones that feature the 2-2-2 specials for $3, where counter seating was the preferred norm.
Thankfully we now have an abundance of notable “destination” breakfast places.
We were pleased to check out one of the newer spots on Orange Ave – Fresh Start Cafe. With ample outdoor seating that’s pet friendly (always a plus here in paradise), the restaurant features some very authentic Israeli cuisine. Who knew? The menu isn’t extensive, but there are just enough ‘basics’ for those who don’t want to venture into the Mediterranean selections.
Not being familiar, I naturally chose something I’ve never heard of – the ShakShuka. It’s described as Israeli poached eggs in tomato sauce served w/ fruit or chopped salad and bread. I go with the fruit salad, ’cause I know Jill is leaning toward the poached eggs over spinach and the salad. (Salad for breakfast – really?)
Our server sounded pleased and congratulated us on our selections.
Jill loved the hollandaise as fabulously creamy and soothing over her perfectly poached eggs, but pronounced the salad a standout. It’s a traditional preparation of chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and onions in a light, simple dressing. A breath of breakfast fresh air. She also chose to have her black Russian rye on the side, instead of under the eggs, so she could sample the strawberry butter that comes with each meal. Yum!
The ShakShuka was delightfully spicy on its own, it’s also accompanied with a kick-it-up-ten-notches side of Zhug, which is a blend of seeds-and-all hot peppers. Tasty, but not for the faint of heart.
Delicious coffee, and a terrific, smiling and friendly staff from the front of the house to the back, this place is definitely a winner! I can’t wait to go back for lunch. I’ve already decided to order the salad with feta cheese and stuffed grape leaves, and Jill has pre-selected the Mediterranean platter with Babaganoush, hummus, tahini, Tabouli and chopped salad.