I recently wrote a review of Hidden Valley Eatery in Warren, Connecticut. Amazing breakfast and lunch. Go. Eat. And tell me about it. Well, Mountainside Café in Falls Village is the other gem that the Man and I frequent on a regular basis for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. It happens to be five minutes from our house, and is located directly in front of one of our favorite hiking spots which makes it dangerously tempting... Let's face it, we usually cave.
I'll get to the food in a second, but first we must discuss some other fantastic things about Mountainside. The Café is actually an arm of Mountainside Drug Rehab and Addiction Treatment Center, one of the most cutting-edge, prominent facilities in the east, known for its individualized holistic programs. Extended Care is one such program, providing clients with support as they get back into the world post treatment. And the Café? It helps to provide these clients with a healthy work environment to support independent living. Pretty cool if you ask me. I love my community more every day.
Back to the food because that's why you came, but doesn't knowing that the café is doing good beyond food make it taste even better? For breakfast, it's all about the eggs. When we go out, the Man always orders a pancake with fried eggs and bacon for breakfast, but Mountainside's inventive menu makes him stray from the norm. More specifically, the Johnny Cash Breakfast Skillet. Their portions are ample, and Johnny Cash's two scrambled eggs on home fries with bacon, cheddar, tomato and sour cream are sure to last you for a good chunk of the day. If he has a sweet tooth, the Man goes for the French Toast. And I steal the fruit compote that comes with it. It's about time I get to steal something off his plate, since he always steals off mine...!
For his lunch it's the Cuban sandwich with roast pork, ham, cheddar, pickles and preserved red onion on grilled ciabatta. The side salad it comes with has more of those preserved red onions, and makes a great foil for the delectably rich sandwich. But if you're not a salad guy or gal, you can have sweet potato or french fries instead. Or, if you're feeling particularly indulgent, order the sandwich with its side salad, plus a side of sweet potato fries. Which is clearly what we do because the sweet potato fries at Mountainside Café are delicious. They are served with a spicy mayonnaise dipping sauce that is also quite irresistible. I wrote a post a little while ago about Sweet Potato Fries, and now I'm talking about them again, so apparently I'm a fan.
I could just eat sweet potato fries for lunch because they're that good, but I always order the Whole Grain Salad as well. Without the whole grains, of course. Sans wheat berries, the salad consists of a beautiful bed of mixed greens and herbs with roasted cauliflower, toasted hazelnuts, and dried cranberries, all dressed with a light sherry vinaigrette. It might even beat out the sweet potato fries. Stiff competition over at Mountainside. See for yourself, and be sure to visit with sharing people, because you'll all want a nibble of every dish on the table.