The regular menu has all the usual egg/bagel/fruit cup options, plus some really attractive frittatas, omelets and signature items like Stuffed Challah French Toast (farmer's cream cheese, bananas and vanilla bean syrup - sweet heaven!). There are also burgers, vegetarian options and a handful of salads and sandwiches. Every plate going past our table looked incredible.
My running partner went with the frittata of bleu cheese, sauteed spinach, mushrooms and bacon. She thought it was excellent but estimated it had 5-6 eggs in it, and was therefore way too big for her to eat more than half. We didn't think it would taste too good as a leftover so it was a bummer to waste all that food.
|Inside one room of Sabrina's Cafe|
I imagine with all the small rooms it would be tough to get a table for a large group but supposedly you call ahead so that might help your cause.
There are all sorts of random paintings, mosaics, chalk drawings and more on the walls that make for good conversation pieces, too.
Speaking of creativity, my visit happen to be the day after the so-called "Rapture" was set to end the world. Naturally, the long list of specials for the weekend were all themed accordingly: The Gate of Oblivion Eggs Benedict Florentine, The Under Water Zombie Omelet, Apocalypse Wow! Stuffed French Toast, etc. Each combined an extraordinary set of ingredients to sound so delicious it was tough to decide what to eat. Of course the special options change but I'm confident they'll consistently have really interesting and tasty dishes,with fun-themed names.
I went with the Dr. Doomsday Sandwich, with Dr. Pepper-braised shortrib, roasted tri bell peppers, sliced apple, melted Fontina cheese and caramelized onion-roasted garlic horseradish sauce on rye toast. Amazing! And unique - never had apples on a sandwich like this, but between that, the peppers and the sauce it was a really tasty and unique flavor. The sandwich was also a very eatable size. I never would have finished anything larger and it would have been a shame to waste more food.
The only part I wasn't crazy about was the cheddar-herb grit fries. At an inch thick they looked more like french toast sticks but tasted kinda funny. I learned I'm not a fan of the consistency of grits, or the flavor I guess, so these "fries" just weren't my thing. Sweet potato fries at the table next to us made me jealous, and I enjoyed picking at my friend's parmesan fries, so I'd recommend substituting for either.
|Mini champagne bottles, just right!|
Prices for the regular menu items aren't bad. Omelets run $8.00 - $9.00 and basic french toast is $7.29. The specials get up there though. My Dr. Doomsday was $12.95, which is a little higher than you'd pay for a sandwich at a lot of pubs and other cafes. Other specials ranged from $10.95 - $13.50. Between food, OJ for mimosas, tax and tip, my friend and I split the bill at $18 each - not terrible for a city brunch but a little rough on someone who is more used to just grabbing a bagel for a few dollars.
If you've heard about Sabrina's, you've probably also heard there is a long wait. Yup, it's true. The day I went was optimal for Sabrina's because I was a) in pain from running 13.1 miles and b) not worried about accomplishing anything else for the rest of the day, so sitting on the curb for 50 minutes waiting to get in wasn't all that bad. Not sure I'd go often and deal with that wait, but in my opinion it's worth it the first time or for special occasions (just make sure you are with patient people). The food was very good and Sabrina's gives you a number of different options than a typical brunch menu, plus you can't not feel like you're living the super-chill-urban-hipster dream in that atmosphere.
Anyone have tips for skirting around the wait? You agree it's worth it? I hear Morning Glory, just two blocks away, usually has a shorter wait and is a little cheaper. Any comparisons on the food? Need to try that next.
|Crowd waits outside Sabrina's Cafe. I'd hate to parallel park in that spot.|