you eat at Carroll Street Cafe, you’re teleported to Florida or some exotic paradise of your mind’s choosing. It’s not so much that the cafe is that spectacular, but that it’s location in Cabbage Town is unique and gives off a different vibe than anywhere else in Atlanta. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the food is scrumptious. On a side note, have you noticed how people who all work at the same place look similar? Every server at Carroll Street Cafe had tattoos and a grungy hippie style.
I started brunch with a Cuban Coffee (mostly because I’ve never had a Cuban Coffee before), but I’d definitely recommend this! It tastes like an espresso shot with a little bit of sugar, but finishing your caffeine shot with an Andes mint is brilliant.
I ordered their Eggs Meurette, which is a hearty meal (so if you don’t eat like a champ then don’t order it). The cheese grits had a little spice from a vegetable in the pepper family – my guess is jalapeño. The eggs were perfectly poached on top of a vegetable medley of spinach tomatoes and more savory items. I’m glad they included a bowl of fruit to help clean the palette between bites.
How do you know an egg is perfectly poached? I’ve never successfully managed this feat myself, but if the whites are cooked and the yolk is still runny, like so… then you’ve achieved the allusive culinary art of poaching!
If you have done this successfully, please leave a comment below because we must be best friends… and then I’ll force you to teach me how to master this fine art!
Other great items to order include their pancakes:
and chocolate croissant with hot chocolate
And yes, that is shaved andes mint chocolate candy on the hot chocolate!
If you haven’t grabbed brunch at Carroll Street Cafe yet, then you definitely need to! It’s a hidden gem on a narrow street downtown that really only the locals know about. You’re welcome.