Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Locale - Modern, Shabby-Chic Spot

Locale - 33-02 34th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106
N/W Train to Broadway

I've heard good things about Locale from a fellow Astorian and have been meaning to try their brunch. My experience here was good and I'd definitely return to this off-beat, artsy and yummy eatery.

The first thing that you notice upon coming here is the lovely exposed brick wall and shabby-chic decor. I'm a firm believer of this style of furnishing--it can be found in our apartment. The artwork at Locale is cool, contemporary and the nude paintings remind me of Matisse. The large floor to ceiling windows are also appealing and bring in a good amount of natural light--these are open through the summer months, creating a fun, side-walk cafe feel.

I was quite happy in this department and thoroughly enjoyed my brunch. I got the Texas Toast, which wasn't your typical thick eggy bread. This one came with crunchy corn flakes mixed into the batter, topped with delicious powdered sugar. The side dish was a small fruit salad which was fresh and sweet.

My dining companions were for the most part satisfied. Both got omelets--Moran got the zucchini which pleased her and Peter got the South Omelet with grilled chicken, jalapeno peppers and cheddar cheese. He complained though that his dish was too heavy on the jalapenos; so watch out if you order this!

Service and Cost:
The servers at Locale were great. Our waitress was pleasant and efficient--our water glasses weren't empty even for a second.

My criticism about the price was they had no brunch special. Unlike Ovelia, Grand or Fatty's, there was no great combo special, and Mimosas or Bloody Mary's were an extra $7! However, their brunch dishes were a few bucks cheaper--probably to compensate for their lack of special. Brunch will cost you between $6.50-$9.95 without a drink. Add $10 on to that if you also get a coffee and cocktail. Dinner will cost you between $8.50-$9.95 for appetizers and $12.50-$19.50 for entrees.

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