Weather, gridlock alert days and family commitments did their best to foil my plans for getting out. So to stay on track I bring you Short Takes Part 3.
April 25th, I was on the road in Stamford, CT. That is where you'll find Lorca, 125 Bedford St.
Manchego! I asked Google for the best place for coffee in Stamford. Lorca was the answer I got. It’s popularity and cozy size could make getting a table challenge. The Manchego sandwich was a delight, egg, Manchego cheese and pesto on toast. Add a side of bacon like I did. Great coffee. Friendly staff.
April 23rd, Mex Carroll's Diner in Red Hook Brooklyn, 192 Columbia St, New York, New York 11231
If you have lived long enough an omelet is just in omelet but Mex Carroll's just might throw you a pleasant curve ball. A large an interesting breakfast menu. Great atmosphere friendly staff and a clean bathroom. Worth considering if you have to grab a meal in Red Hook.
A ‘66 Barracuda with child seats strapped in the back, pulling daily driver duty?
So much did I enjoy Mex Carroll's that later in July while exploring Red Hook with Mrs. Columbo and Handsome Jack we stopped in for dinner on the patio. The Mexican evening fare didn't disappoint, tasty and fresh. The mosquitos buzzing around us on the outdoor patio did disappoint. We move into the dinning room after getting our drink order.
April 22nd, stopped in China Town seeking coffee. Kam Hing Coffee Shop, 119 Baxter St, New York, New York 10013
You can't always trust what you read on Google. Cozy in this case means a small place with the charm of church basement bingo hall. Coffee and having a warm sponge cake, which is supposedly their specialty. Ignore the other chalk board menu items because supposedly they don’t have them. I asked for three different items before the guy behind the counter admitted, "just sponge cake". Mediocre coffee and just sponge cake sums it up. When in China Town skip Kam Hing. There is a place down the street though, to be continued...
May 3rd, Sabrina's Café, 910 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
So I stopped by Little Italy in Philadelphia. Looking for breakfast Sabrina's Café had great Yelp ratings. Eager, friendly staff. Cozy and popular with a diverse young crowd but also the Korean War vets who have been in the neighborhood for 50 years. Good sign. An interesting menu, I selected the tourist sounding The Philly. Buttered potato roll stuffed with caramelized onion hash browns, pork scrapple, sriracha yellow cheese sauce, fried long hot peppers, finished with sunny side up eggs, it comes with a side salad. Served with a steak knife because you ain't eating this delicious mess with yer' paws. I quickly ditched the peppers, one bite was enough for the morning meal. I often treat side salad as a garnish but not this time. Great cup of coffee. Below are some pics of my stroll through Little Italy in Philly.