Stone Cup Café – Make Yourself At Home

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - by Willie Mae

My granddaughter Natalie and I met once again for a quick breakfast downtown. She lives near a lot of food places and, with planning a wedding, she stays pretty busy. I think she just likes downtown because it is a ‘foodie’s paradise’ and she loves that designer kind of food.

We met on Frazier Avenue where her apartment is located and we walked to Stone Cup Café in the same building. I think Natalie eats there quite often.

We went to the counter to order, but as I looked at the menu board, I didn’t know what an ‘eggell’ was. The gal at the counter told me it was an egg sandwich, but on a bagel. I thought that was charming. I ordered the spicy eggell for $4.75 and Natalie ordered the cheese eggell for $3.75 and added bacon for 20 cents more.

We took a seat at a table inside, but they have seating outside on the balcony as well. While we waited for our breakfast I noticed the art on the ceilings and the walls. No wonder my granddaughter liked this place. She is an artsy person herself and I appreciate it too.

There was a painting on the ceiling that I thought looked like a ‘Starry Night’, but Natalie said she thought it looked more like ‘The Scream’. I didn’t remember that painting so she had to show me on her phone. It was just a background and wasn’t a full painting of either one we thought, so I guess it is left up to the observers to decide for themselves.

There was also a mosaic coffee cup on the wall that I thought was really clever for a place called Stone Cup. This place was bright and open and had a nice view of the walking bridge and the city.

I wondered if anyone else noticed the pretty art or the view – they all seemed to be on their gadgets. It seemed, as I looked around, people were on laptops or on their phone. Then I saw Natalie on hers! But I didn’t say a word, I just minded my own business.

I liked this place even if it seemed made for this young generation. The girl at the counter had a ring on one of her nostrils, but she was pretty and so sweet. There was a girl next to us that had art all the way up her arm. Natalie said that was ‘a sleeve’. I told her that girl had on a tank top and it wasn’t her sleeve. Then the girl that brought our food had a bb in her chin. I guess that is a form of art too… again – I minded my own business.

Our breakfasts looked scrumptious! My eggell had red crushed pepper in the egg and cheese and tomato with spicy sauce on the side. The sauce was good and it was very spicy. I enjoyed my first eggell. Natalie said hers was good too. She said the bacon was very thin and not too crispy. She said she liked that because it didn’t fall apart.

With bookshelves against the walls and a comfortable sofa, this place had a lived-in feel and I guess that is why everyone felt at home doing their own thing.

Dipping each bite of my eggell in the sauce, it was getting hotter by the minute and made my nose run. I just couldn’t eat it all, but it was delicious and definitely deserves a “whee-ee-doggie!”

As we were leaving, Natalie went back to her apartment and I headed back to my car. I saw several footprint plaques on the sidewalk showing in steps how to do the Hokey Pokey. I thought I better do it since I had missed my Silver Sneakers class.




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