Omelet You In On Something

This morning I was running errands in town and had an hour to kill. It was morning time, I was downtown, I was hungry… I think you see where this is going.

In the easternmost basement of the Fountain Square Mall, there is a tiny cafe / convenience store / ice cream shop named Stefano’s Ice Cafe. As you can tell from my description, they have a lot going on in a small space.

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Usually, if a place tries to do too much, it means they don’t do any of it very well. In this case, you will be pleasantly surprised.

They have a big selection of coffees and fancy coffee drinks and it all looks really impressive. I’m not a coffee guy, so I can’t tell you anything about it except it looks legit. I just order iced coffee with cream and sugar because I want the caffeine but hate the taste of coffee. Their iced coffee is… fine.

I’ve had ice cream here, too, and it’s pretty good. I mean, it’s ice cream. Does anyone screw up ice cream? They don’t have a ton of options, but, hey… you get to put ice cream into your mouth. You’ll live through the disappointment of not getting Double Fudge Peanut Butter Cup Explosion, or whatever weird thing you’re looking for.

I can’t speak for their Lunch menu, but it sounds good and it seems pretty popular. They have many specials that rotate throughout the week. But if the other items are any indicator, I’m confident lunch is good.

This morning I had an omelet. He asked, “Do you want everything in that?” Yes. Yes, I do. I’m a giant viking. I always want everything in it.

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The amazing pile of mixed up, steaming beautifulness that got dropped off at my table was nothing short of glorious. It not only had “everything,” but everything was pretty high quality. The big chunks of bacon and sausage were hearty and plentiful throughout. The sausage was just a little spicy, the way God intended. The veggies were also plentiful and tasty. I saw red onion, green onion, green pepper, and a bit of tomato. I was a little surprised it didn’t include mushrooms, but I’m not complaining. It also had a good bit of yummy, gooey cheese. This omelet plus two pieces of hearty wheat toast made for a nice, complex, and delicious breakfast.

Viking approved.

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A Real Treet

This week we celebrated some big milestones. So, of course, we went to Jiffy Treet. I ordered the Turtle Sundae. I was not disappointed.

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I really like Jiffy Treet. They have a very diverse menu, from the obvious ice creams (handmade and soft serve), but also some fairly delicious alternatives like frozen yogurt and “whip”. They even have a not-horrible sandwich menu. Obviously, an ice cream place isn’t expected to have big, hearty, and amazing sandwiches. But the food is actually more than passable.

I also like that they seem to be pretty good at staffing. The stores are always bustling with a group of 4-5 younger college-aged kids, which is often a recipe for disaster. But, at least in my experience, I have never had seen any negative or disruptive behavior. Quite the opposite. Their staff have always been fast, efficient, and super friendly. I have to believe they actually enjoy their jobs. So bravo to the owners and management. You either treat your staff really well, or have figured out how to get them all to pretend really well.