Reporter Food: Anthony Quinn Omelette at LA Cafe

Reporter Food: Anthony Quinn Omelette at LA Cafe

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 11, 2018)

Waterford, MI – At Dixie Highway and Andersonville Road is a strange and delightful place full of fun décor, unusual items, and delicious food, called LA Café.

It’s one of those places I’d drive past all the time and think “someday I’ll stop in.” For sure I should have sooner. From the outside it looks like a coffee shop – a small boxy building with a rainbow flag in the window, a peace sign on the wall, a mural of angel’s wings, and a mannequin on the roof.

Inside is a treasure trove.  There are tables and booths tucked in between bookshelves.  There are decorations everywhere.  There is a counter backed by flavored syrups and display case full of baked goods.

Over my booth was a classic Pee Wee Herman doll dangling with a mini scooter, and behind me was a sign in the window that said “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

The “scromlettes” section of the menu features “scrambled omelettes.”  Among the choices are the Farm Aid, the Dougie, the Popeye, the Aloha and more.  Only one had a particularly famous name – the Anthony Quinn.  I thought the named seemed out of place, so of course it drew me in.  The Anthony Quinn is made with green onion, tomato, spinach and black olives, topped with feta cheese.  This came with toast and homestyle potatoes.  I also had a nice big mug of hot caramel apple cider topped with whipped cream.

When I read the menu, I was thinking of Anthony Hopkins, who starred as the killer in Silence of the Lambs.  And it occurs to me that some readers may be too young to even get that reference.  I had to look up Anthony Quinn, who I learned was in a bunch of movies I have never seen including Lawrence of Arabia, Viva Zapita, Lust for Life, and Zorba the Greek.  Quinn was of Mexican descent, so perhaps the omelette was inspired by his role as Zorba.

I thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast.  I bought a sticker from the gift shop that said “Be the Media.” And after my meal I checked out the lake in back, which has a small dock and a gazebo.  Across the lake are historic homes and a vacant historic church.

This was really a nice meal and I look forward to coming back for lunch sometime.

LA Café is located at 5815 Dixie Hwy. They do not have a website, but can be found on Facebook.

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