#47 The Little Owl
Whole wheat pancakes $8
A perfect stack of moist, fluffy pancakes. In this case, the batter was made from denser whole wheat, along with flavorful almond flour, which made these a little bit heartier than other pancakes. When they arrived, I eagerly covered them with sticky, sweet maple syrup. However, my qualm with this dish was the lack of berries. The menu promised that it was served with “seasonal berries” but there were only about 6 blueberries on the plate and a small, sliced strawberry. Perhaps it could have done with a tasty blueberry compote on the side, instead.
Beignets (normally $8 for 4)
The kitchen very kindly sent out one of these dense donuts for me to try. The chef had covered the big, sugary parcel with a sweet raspberry sauce and then placed it on a bed of pure Nutella. While I liked the donut, I found myself scraping off the raspberry sauce, which tasted pretty synthetic. Perhaps this dish would be better without the sauce – letting the yummy beignets speak for themselves.
While my meal at The Little Owl was small, I got a pretty good feel for the place. First off, it’s pretty tiny. There are only 5 seats at the bar and the tiny tables are crammed together, so it can get pretty loud. While some might find this frustrating, there’s a warm, cozy tone, that makes you instantly feel like a local. The staff hurry about their business (a little bit overstretched but still friendly), bringing out tasty dishes.
Unfortunately, the brunch menu doesn’t show of the talents of chef Joey Campanaro (though, their house-marinated, thick-cut bacon is awesome). My chatty server said that the pork chop is a must. The other items on the menu look delicious, so I’m looking forward to going back. As a note, be prepared to wait. The good news is that there are some cute benches outside to hang out on and plenty of window shopping in the area.
90 Bedford St.