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Monday, December 21, 2009

Stuck to My Ribs Visits the Boardwalk Café

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 3:15 PM

  • Josh Bacott
While "taste" and "ambiance" are certainly worthy criteria for judging food and restaurants, when you write a column called Stuck to my Ribs, it's no shock that those items often take a back seat to another critical element, "quantity."

Simply put: Quantity is a hell of a selling point.

No more so than when talking about breakfast. Of all meals, breakfast offers the least variety. There are only so many breakfast meats, breads and egg preparations. With such a relatively minimal selection, the sheer volume of food one can offer is of paramount importance.

When a place can check off "tastes good" and "gives you loads of food" on the same scorecard, it's already a step ahead. Add "cheap," and you've hit the trifecta.

Boardwalk Café, located in a nondescript retail spot just off the edge of downtown Webster Groves, had no problem earning all three checks.

Quantity? How about a stack of pancakes that measured roughly a foot in diameter, sausage patties that looked like drink coasters and a pile of hashbrowns that warranted its own plate?

Quality? I left a bite or two of my pancakes just so the waitstaff and kitchen didn't tag me as the freak who actually mowed down all three of the plates that were in front of him.

Cost? Well south of $10 per person for a helping that ensured I didn't so much as walk as waddle to my car when all was said and done.

Boardwalk Café can even boast variety as one of its selling points. The plate sitting across from my trio featured the "Webster Skillet," a concoction that included scrambled eggs and hashbrowns mixed with a medley of chicken gyro meat, feta cheese, spinach and mushrooms.

And in case there was any doubt, that plate was huge and cheap, too.

Josh Bacott reports on his journey through one of the unhealthiest cities in the good ol' USA every other Friday. Because who says calories have to count?

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