Square One is a well-conceived cafe open for breakfast and lunch, featuring my favorite words, "breakfast served all day." The breakfast menu is one of the most imaginative in this part of town, with baked egg dishes served in a skillet with ingredients like lamb or chorizo, pancakes and French toast with banana citrus caramel or bourbon pecan topping, and nice sides like grits with cheddar and bacon. I had a luscious salmon eggs benedict with poached eggs perched on top of a potato pancake and citrus cured salmon with a perfectly tart Hollandaise, and a good stiff cup of coffee. Matt had a pressed egg sandwich with arugula and tomato, served with a huge bowl of coarsely-milled grits, and a fresh-squeezed orange juice.
The verdict: Everything was lovely to look at and completely delicious. I heard the open-faced skirt steak sandwich with carmelized shallots was good, so I'll be back soon for lunch. There were just a few small glitches which I'm sure will be ironed out soon -- Matt's breakfast sandwich came with a side of toast, surely overkill for a sandwich, while my eggs on potato pancakes were offered with a side of more potatoes, when toast would have been welcome. And when offered milk or cream for coffee, surely no one really wants a small cruet of whipping cream for their coffee. Also, the prices are quite reasonable for food of this quality and a menu of this variety. It's enough to make you forget the late, lamented stuffed French toast at New York George's.
Square One Dining