Saturday, June 26, 2010
On the Hill Cafe - I can't wait to visit again
I checked their online menu and there the dish was for $7.75 with the cumin crusted pork adding an additional $1.50. Since math was involved, I whipped out my trusty fingers and began counting. $9.25, I was set to research (eat) another item for my blog! Just then, excitement turned to panic, up in the corner in small lettering, “Served from 4 to 8pm.” It was only 11:30 am and lunch was upon us all. I scoured the menu, hoping to find something more than soup and salad – and there it was: the Rutter Burrito. Your choice of chipotle chicken or pork with rice, beans, guacamole, pico gallo, sour cream, and jack cheese wrapped in a spinach tortilla. Jackpot! I grabbed my wallet, camera, and notebook and jumped into my oven of a car and scrammed. The sun was unforgiving and even with my car’s air conditioning set to full blast, it was still almost unbearable.
If you do not know what you’re looking for, you may miss it. It’s a little corner café with a few seats and umbrella tables and a modest sign. I snapped a few pictures and even though the searing sun rays made me feel as if I were moments away from recreating that nightmare inducing scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, the quiet serenity of the neighborhood made me consider dining outside. Once I stepped in and felt the cool breeze of cold, processed air, I decided to stay indoors.
Now here’s where I had the most pleasant surprise. In my experience, cafes that have a full, elaborate menu tend to have modest drink selections and vice versa. The coffee and drink menu alone should pull market share from even the staunchest Starbucks junkie. Add the food selections and Starbucks would not be able to compete with quality nor prices. Take a look at their menu and you'll see how tantalizing the items are at very reasonable prices. I ordered the Rutter Burrito for $8.00 and the perfect drink for a code red temperature day, a 20oz ice cold half and half for $2.00. I was given my half and half immediately and found a seat and waited for my burrito.