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I don't often crave a fry-up but some Sundays nothing else will do. I'm fond of a Banner's breakfast when I'm feeling flush but haven't always had the foresight to book (only in Crouch End!). Does anyone have any recommendations for a top breakfast that doesn't break the bank?
I saw this question on Twitter from @MagicBen and it made me wonder!
Used to enjoy Cafe Solo before it changed into the Olive Tree..
Noticed that 'Banger Bros' are doing a bacon roll and coffee for £3 - will check that out and report back.
I am going to add fry ups to 'Cafe Football'...
The other day I had a gooood fry-up at the Olive Tree. It was a vegetarian one as well and even though I'm a big meat and bacon fan, it was actually one of the best fry ups I've ever had.
I can't remember how much it cost but it really wasn't expensive either...
That reminds me of my favourite cafe anecdote. Some time ago I lived in Belsize Park next door to a great greasy spoon cafe run by a Greek family. I was having my breakfast one day and a woman rushed in and asked the guy behind the counter if he knew where Quadrant Grove was.
In a heavily accented voice he replied "No, no, we do bacon roll and sausage roll but no quadrant roll"
She repeated "No, Quadrant Grove, where is it?"
"No lady, we do sausage roll and bacon roll but no quadrant roll"
She asked again and the man just shook his head and pointed at the pictures of pork products.
She did a huge dramatic sigh, threw her hands up in the air and stormed out.
I knew where Quadrant Grove was but was too busy laughing to point this out to her.
Perhaps Cafe Football could serve Quadrant Rolls?
Hamlet Cafe on Hornsey Road. Not strictly Crouch End but the brekkies are brilliant, host, Victor, is lovely and it's not overpriced. Nom, nom, nom.
Devonshire does a great brekkie deal too - sausage in a roll, bacon roll or egg roll plus tea or coffee for £1.70. Bargainous, yummy (and free wifi).
We had a lovey breakfast at St james this morning. I really recommend it, we were great fans of the late Tootsies in Belsize Park and have yet to find a near contender.
The owner/guy who served us was lovely. The sausages are from Freemans organic butcher and the eggs are organic from Gill Wing. We got masses of toast and the mushrooms were fresh and not canned! They also have hash browns. The tea was lovely, the coffee not so great. We would definately go again. Its calm and airy there sitting by the window and it is really tasteful inside.
Olive Tree!! without a doubt.
Or if you're feeling you need it to be a bit more grubby, the Lane Cafe near the Police station!
I did have a great breakfast at Olive Tree actually, now I thinkj of it. I've also had a proper cafe style fry up at the Palace Cafe at the foot of Ally Pally which is a bit more of a traditional greasy spoon and was very nice. Good hangover fodder!