Northside Grill

Coffee shop | Diner | Pancake House
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At first glance, outside and in, the Northside Grill looks like a common cafe: bare tables, green-upholstered booths, knotty pine walls, a waitress patrolling the dining room with three different pots of coffee in her two hands (regular, decaf, flavored). But at first bite, it is extraordinary.

Even before the food arrives, you’ll notice that it is a diner with a difference. At 7:30am, the radio is tuned to NPR’s “Morning Edition”; when you order coffee and choose French roast, the waitress says, “Good! It’s fair trade organic.” Bacon is billed as nitrate free and eggs are laid by cage-free chickens. You begin to realize that the Elvis iconography on the walls has a twist of cultural irony.

There can be no question about an elevated consciousness at work in the kitchen when you ease a fork down into a stack of apple-oat bran pancakes. The cakes really have a tweedy oatmeal texture and they are studded with large chunks of apple that deliver fruity tang and cinnamon vibe. Real maple syrup is an extra-cost add-on, well worth the price.

Potato pancakes are beautiful. Crisp and crunchy on the outside but creamy within and sparkling with herbs and spices, they come topped with slivers of grilled red onion and ramekins of sour cream and apple sauce.

Breakfast skillets, built upon hash browns and topped with eggs, meats, and cheeses of choice, are mountainous.

The Northside Grill’s goodness is no secret. Expect to wait for a table any day, especially on weekends.

What to Eat
Northside Grill, Potato Pancake
Potato Pancake
Must-Try
Potato pancakes balance crunch and creaminess.
Northside Grill, Apple Oat Bran Pancake
Apple Oat Bran Pancake
Must-Try
Fruity, oaty, tangy apple oat bran pancakes
Northside Grill, Hobo Skillet
Hobo Skillet
Must-Try
Hobo skillet = a mountain of breakfast
Northside Grill, Red Eye
Red Eye
Double red-eye -- two shots in a very large coffee
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7am - 3pm
Monday7am - 3pm
Tuesday7am - 3pm
Wednesday7am - 3pm
Thursday7am - 3pm
Friday7am - 3pm
Saturday7am - 3pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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