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Unleavened Bread Cafe 3003 N. Central Ave.

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This little place sells their food for the greater good of their ministry. They are very upfront about that. They have the cafe to spread the word and to make the money for their works.

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They are open from 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM for breakfast and lunch only. You won’t find any sauce reductions here and their idea of local sourcing is whatever the neighborhood grocery sells. But what they offer is well made and reasonably priced. And don’t expect any urban chic or otherwise trendy decor.

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We were on the road today before 10:30 so naturally our thoughts turned to breakfast. This cafe has been on our radar for some time, but we were never able to catch it open before today. As you can see their breakfast menu is very straightforward.

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We split a full order of biscuits and gravy, for $4.50.

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My eyes were bigger than Pat’s. I chose pancakes over French toast and added potatoes and a sausage patty to the bacon.

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Well their bread may be unleavened but you can’t say the same for the biscuits and pancakes. The pancakes I had were nearly one inch high. Now that is fluffy. The same goes for the biscuits. The gravy was loaded with sausage and quite good. It was the sort of biscuits and gravy you could eat with regularity and enjoy every time.

I thought the hash brown was the weakest link of all the food. You can buy shredded patties like that in the meat case of several grocery stores. That was hardly a deal breaker though.

So if you’re in the area and are hungry you know where to go. I think if you ask them nice they may be able to add some blueberries to those fluffy pancakes. There is room, and you know you want to.

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4 responses

  1. Interesting. I didn’t know there were places like that. Pretty basic, but that’s what some folks like, and I’d be willing to add the little extras, like blueberries. Those prices are amazingly low, but I guess if you don’t have to maintain a pricey ambiance, that’s fair. Bacon and pancakes look good. Too bad about the hash browns. I find that sometimes they’re burnt, sometimes gooey in the middle. Sometimes even a pocket square-sized McDonald’s hashbrown is better than a nice restaurant LOL. I would have enjoyed the scripture but understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. And how nice not to pay $4 for a coffee, like at Starbuck’s. Neat find!

    March 19, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    • It was a great find. I have heard of it for a few years but the place always looked closed. It is just a nice little place to go and grab a bite without all the pretense and “ambiance” of some joints. As far as the potatoes go they were OK, they could have been crisper but they did their job. Four bucks for coffee? Not me,when I can get a pint of craft beer for that.

      March 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      • Amen to that. I’ll grind my own coffee and pay a man to brew my beer. 🙂

        March 19, 2015 at 4:45 pm

  2. Wholesome and no nonsense. So much the Midwest I recall as a kid, although there was a place my dad used to take us where if you didn’t get there lickety split on a Sunday morning, you’d be behind a long line of freshly released church goers who were eager to wash down the sermon with a side of maple syrup. It was a greasy spoon unlike most I’ve encountered. Plain and simple, but like you described, a stack of pancakes that were so fluffy you truly thought God had made them himself. Boy, do I miss that.

    March 22, 2015 at 2:07 pm

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