Mitten Eats: Hilton Road Cafe9:17 AM
I mentioned that November was the month for food, so more food posts there shall be! Hilton Road Cafe has been a favorite of ours for years. It is on the more boring side of Ferndale, but that doesn't keep the customers away. On weekends, there is usually a wait, sometimes out the door. It is a tiny place, decorated with chickens, but always festive, depending on the season. I honestly could count this place as our own Luke's, even if our visits are sporadic at best. We tend to go here about once per month, but if we don't show up in awhile, the staff always ask where we have been. We might not be on a first-name basis (yet), but it is nice to be able to recognize a friendly face and bullshit comfortably about the local happenings.
Anyway, on to the food! The cafe has a pretty decent menu, and I have had a little bit of everything over the years, aside from dinner because we never seem to get there in time. My favorites are the skillets, and the omelets. They also always have a board with a list of specials each week, so there is always something new to try. Or, if you just want something sweet, they have freshly baked mini breads, as well as homemade cakes, and pies. PIES.
Kyle got one of the specials, The Cinn-a-bash, and I got my favorite thing on the menu: the chicken and black bean omelet. It comes with hash browns, and toast. It is a HUGE portion (because fat Americans), but I tend to eat half, then take half home. The chicken is seasoned nicely, and everything blends well. We split one of the mini breads, the caramel apple one-SO GOOD. They will even heat them up for you! We sometimes get the mini-breads to go, and have them for breakfast during the week. I didn't actually taste the cinn-a-bash, but it looked lovely, and Kyle devoured it. He said it was really sweet, so if you like a super-sweet breakfast, this one is an excellent choice.
I was not able to take a lot of pictures of the inside, as it was pretty crowded, but it is always a mixed scene. A few families, couples out on breakfast dates, and groups of 20-somethings nursing their hangovers.
I tend to favor the diners in our area, because they are not as common as they are in other states. Michigan, especially the Detroit/Metro-Detroit area is known for coney islands, so diners are usually found a bit further up north, but there are a few good ones around. This one is really a greasy spoon-meets-eating dinner at your mother's place, and you can't really beat that.