While Dodo was long thought to be extinct, the popular brunch destination has found a home on the weekends in the otherwise home of Dino's Morgan Inn
. A small sandwich board is your only hint from the outside, but a warm-colored and artsy interior lets you know that this is Kim Dalton’s domain.
The menu is a small affair – familiar fare like greek yogurt, fresh fruit bowls and steel-cut oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar share space with a couple of unusual entries like the Japanese pancake (with carrot cabbage okonomiyaki sauce and kewpie doll mayo for $7.50). But their strength is always in the subtle tweaks on standard fare. The Bakewell waffle is a warm almond shortbread waffle topped with raspberry Bavarian cream and toasted almond ($8). And the ever popular Breakunchwich is a perfect mix of scrambled eggs on toasted ciabatta with tomato, avocado, and either sharp cheddar or aged provolone and a choice of bacon, ham, sausage or veggie style ($9).
Specials change at the chef's whim, but can include main dishes like Jamaican jerk chicken hash with fried plantains, kidney beans, pigeon peas and toasted garlic; or a simple Semolina doughnut muffin with blueberry compote.
Coffee comes courtesy of La Columbe. And if you were concerned Dodo was a creature of the past, fear not – they do take credit cards.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Dan Morgridge