By DONNA LARCEN, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hartford Courant
November 15, 2012
3 Turkey Hills Road, East Granby
860-413-3773 and eastgranbygreenleafs.com
We were looking for a Sunday breakfast out with friends and found a listing for Greenleaf's Cafe in East Granby. It's set in a small shopping mall a few minutes from Bradley Field. It's named in honor of owner Tim Gilchrist's mother, whose maiden name is Greenleaf.
THE VIBE: It's a cozy spot. A counter and grill area is on the right, tables on the left. There's a comfy couch with kids' toys and books near the front where we say a Dad and three kids cuddling and reading while Mom and grandparents enjoyed a second cup of coffee. Greenleaf's has a small computer desk with Internet access.
THE FOOD: Comfort with a twist. We ordered homemade corned beef hash and eggs with home fries. The hash was tasty, the eggs perfectly cooked, the home fries
Blueberry pancakes and a side of Canadian bacon were the perfect blend of sweet and salty. The blueberries were juicy and firm, the pancakes light and fluffy. Greenleaf's serves real maple syrup and real butter, which kicks the taste up several notches. Greenleaf's serves plain pancakes or additions such as chocolate chips or bananas and pecans. They have a stuffed raisin French toast that can be switched up with peanut butter and jelly or bananas.
We also had two eggs over easy, home fries and nitrate-free bacon (which is surprisingly sweet, almost candy-like), with a side of with biscuit and sausage gravy. This is real stick-to-your ribs food and can encourage an afternoon nap, especially when served with a vanilla milkshake. Breakfast and liquid dessert all in one.
Omelets include: cheese, ham, pepper, bacon, tomato, scallions and smoked salmon in various configurations.
Sandwiches from the grill include egg, smoked salmon bagel with red onion and dill cream cheese, or meat with egg and cheese.
The cafe serves birch beer, root beer, bubble water and Arnold Palmer (half ice tea, half lemonade) with free refills. Greenleaf's uses local, free range foods and has daily specials.
Lunch choices include salads (tuna, Cobb, chicken Caesar and veggie), wraps (turkey, tuna, veggie, smoked salmon, burger and portabello veggie). Specials include seafood chowder, Scottish smoked salmon club, spinach pie sandwich, and avocado Gorgonzola tomato burger.
THE BILL: Our corned beef hash was $8; two eggs with bacon and home fries and side of sausage gravy and biscuit was $9.50; blueberry pancakes were $7.25; side of Canadian bacon, bacon, ham or sausage is $1.50. Sandwiches are $8 to $10. Omelets are $8 to $10.
THE PARTICULARS: Greenleaf's Cafe is set at the intersection of routes 20 and 187 in the Center Shops Plaza in East Granby. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Catering and party menu.
THE VERDICT: Fresh food, terrific tastes, cozy spot.
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