Monday, April 7, 2008

Cafe Martino

Good morning and Happy April. I've been swamped with a variety of things lately, so the missus has been doing most of the cooking. Since she doesn't really like to write about it, I've had nothing to post. Tragic, I know. Hopefully things will settle down a bit in the coming weeks and I'll have a chance to either make something interesting or go eat somewhere worth writing about. I do want to try my father's pastiera and with a jar of good cooked wheat and a manifesto on how to make that he sent me, I should be all set.

We did finally get a chance to check out Cafe Martino, the swank little place on on Myrtle that a commenter suggested I try a little while back. It's one of those places that tends to blend into the background, so while I always knew it was there, I never went out of my way to go there. Requiring brunch on Saturday, we gave it a try.

The coffee was good (which is important), and Mick had a cappuccino that she liked. The food was good but not great. I had the steak and eggs, and the eggs weren't very easy for being over easy. That's one of my pet peeves with eggs - if I order them over easy, I want a lot of yoke running around for to be lathering up my other breakfast potables. These were a bit disappointing, but thankfully the steak made up for it. They came with home fries which were as standard as home fries get.

Mick had the spinach, portabello, and cheddar omelet, which was a bit more interesting. To say she inhaled it would be an understatement, so I can only assume it was good. The muffled superlative along with a curt nod seemed only to confirm that.

Aside from my slightly overdone eggs, everything else was great. I like that they give you a bottle of water for your table, which eliminates the tendency of some restaurants to either leave you parched, without drink, or to have a waiter constantly hovering near you refilling your glasses. Another great touch was the salt and pepper. No ordinary shakers here! They left us a pepper grinder along with a big container of sea salt. Nice touches.

Cafe Martino's got good coffee, decent food, and what looked like pretty good pastries and empanadas as well. They've recently started serving dinner, although I haven't had a chance to try it. If you're nearby, definitely give them a try for breakfast or brunch.


Anonymous said...

I love Martino; I've always had good food and extremely pleasant service there. Granted, sometimes they're a bit overwhelmed at peak hours ( the joint's pretty small).

If you should return for lunch I'd recommend the cubano - it's a unique take on the Cuban sandwich with the inclusion of green peppers, and it's sublime.
The missus LOVES the breakfast baguette as well.

Anonymous said...

I soooo miss this place. I think the scaffolding that was up for like a year next door killed the business. Thanks absolute.