Not too long ago as I was doing my run, I passed a new place that simply had a sandwich board sign with the hand-written name of “Ridgeback Cafe”. I looked into the window, and it looked like a nicely remodeled, simple place. I made a mental note to check it out and then went about my run. We had thought about going for dinner one night when the Food Girl’s parents were in town, opting instead for Bick’s Broadview Grill. But when one of my friends suggested we get together for dinner, I thought it would be a great opportunity to check it out, especially since it was within 2 blocks of his house.
Other than seeing the sign and the nice remodeled interior, I didn’t know anything about the Ridgeback Cafe. I remember doing a quick search online the first time I saw it and not finding so much as a webpage or Urbanspoon reference (I’ve since found their Facebook page, and they have been added to Urbanspoon). I didn’t even know the type of food they served. Sounds like the perfect place to go and blog about, right?
Walking in, I took my seat near the front and took the place in. Wood floors, simple tables a bar area, though all that was behind it was coffee (I guess they now have wine and beer, but I definitely didn’t see any while there). When my friend arrived, he told me that he had looked them up before he came over and they were supposedly known for their crepes. It definitely was not the type of cuisine I was expecting after my first glance around.
Now knowing that their crepes were their speciality, I focused in on them when looking at the menu (though my eye strayed constantly to the reuben sandwich). They offer both savory and sweet crepes; the sweet crepes just scream dessert (or breakfast). There is also a selection of waffles and of sandwiches. I decided to go for a savory crepe and chose the Phinney which featured roasted red pepper, caramelized onion, bacon, egg, spinach and tomato, topped by a roasted poblano sauce and some creme fraiche as well as a cup of decaf coffee (again, didn’t see any wine or beer).
It probably only took five minutes or so for our dinners to arrive which was nice. On first glance, the crepe definitely looked appetizing, though maybe a little “under-stuffed” given the number of ingredients I was expecting. The flavors though were very good, though dominated a bit by the peppers and onions. The crepe was very good, nice a thin, but with a little bit of crunch to add a small textural element which was much needed as a mouthful of peppers, onions and eggs could be a little soft texturally. And the creme fraiche was a nice touch, though there definitely was not of it or the poblano sauce for the amount of crepe. There were also just a couple of other small misses. There wasn’t enough bacon at all (I was only getting a piece every 3rd bite) or cheese, and I don’t even remember the spinach.
Overall the dinner was pretty good. It wasn’t hearty and filling. In fact, it was more of a “good way to start the day” and less of a “nice way to end the day” type meal. There were some good things, and there were some things that I thought were misses. It wasn’t good enough for a great review, but it wasn’t off enough for a negative review. The one thing that does work in their favor is that there was just enough that it has me wanting to go back and try something else…ok, there was a reuben on the menu and they now serve beer and they are less than 5 minutes from my house. But sometimes that’s all it takes…