Happy New Year! To close out 2013, the Westchester Breakfast Club visited several places during December: Blind Charlie’s Cafe in Pound Ridge, The Beehive in Armonk, and Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe. We also toasted to four years of the WBC. Here’s to many happy breakfasts in 2014.
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Blind Charlie’s Cafe
Dec. 1: We started off the month with a trip to Blind Charlie’s Café in Pound Ridge. A place that closes at 1pm on Sundays and still has a line stretched out the door at 12:30 must be doing something right. Maybe it’s the soothing hot chocolate. Or perhaps the breakfast egg sandwich enhanced by fresh spinach and a lemon aioli. Or maybe, just maybe it’s the charmingly-named and sweet-tooth-satisfying Monkey Bread French Toast (no actual monkeys harmed in the making of the toast). A cheery café at the top of the county.
Dec. 11: Not only was it time for the WBC’s annual Secret Santa gift exchange, it was also time to celebrate our four-year anniversary. You’ll spot The Beehive in Armonk by the large, well, beehive perched on the roof. The restaurant strikes a successful balance: simple, diner-like fare (with equally simple prices) but of a higher quality and in a setting that’s casual but also nicer enough for a special occasion (think birthday meal, family brunch, or Secret Santa/breakfasting anniversary celebration). The breakfast menu offers solid standards like lemon ricotta pancakes (served with a pleasant blueberry compote) and omelettes, but also more unique combinations, like egg tacos. A great spot for breakfast to get out of the usual weekend diner routine.
Dec. 15: Fellow Small Bites blogger Arlen Gargagliano of Latin Twist extended an invitation to the WBC to try the newly offered Sunday brunch at her Latin restaurant Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe. The menu is modest but solid, offering six dishes ranging from the basic Paraguayan-style cornbread with scrambled eggs to the bursting with Latin flavor Tico-Style Breakfast (Costa Rican style rice and beans, scrambled eggs, maduros, sour cream, and warm tortillas). All of the brunch selections successfully and thoughtfully blend authentic flavors with morning meal staples (perhaps most notably achieved with the coconut pancakes). Brunch is prix fixe for $17.95 and comes with your choice of beverage, including a range of cocktails; try a Bloody Maria. Stop in to add a Latin twist to your Sunday brunch!