Pass by at 2096 Broadway St. on a Saturday or Sunday morning and you're likely to be bombarded by the sights and sounds of many happy and satisfied diners, rubbing their bellies full of food and sighing in contentment.
What you may not see, particularly on a nice summer morning, is a free table on the restaurant's bustling patio.
This small and comfortable restaurant has been open for 16 years and has quickly become known as the go-to spot for weekend brunch in downtown. The menu features a wealth of comfort foods that are perfect for a hearty weekend breakfast, either before you run off to a day full of activities, or after a nice, long sleep-in following a busy work week or a late Friday or Saturday night.
"I eat healthy breakfasts all week, so my boyfriend and I really look forward to splurging on breakfast out on Saturday or Sunday," said Cathy Trommel, who drives in from Menlo Park frequently to order one of her two Talk of Broadway favorites - chocolate chip pancakes, or one of the restaurant's four different types of Eggs Benedict. Her boyfriend's favorites are the California omelet or the signature corned beef hash.
No need to wake up early to get your favorite breakfast plate - Talk of Broadway serves breakfast all day long. However, if you are an early riser, you are in luck as well, as the restaurant opens at 6 or 7 a.m., seven days a week.
David and Mary Howitzer of Redwood City say their favorite breakfast spot in town used to be , but when that in April, the couple happened across Talk of Broadway, and have been perfectly happy with their new favorite place for weekend brunch, ever since.
"The coffee is good, and someone is constantly coming by with refills. That's important to me," said David. "And everyone who works here is nice and friendly, and always smiling."
"There are so many good things on the menu, it can be hard to choose," said Mary with a laugh. "So I always get something different each time. I've just about tried everything on the menu now. My favorite would have to be the sweet potato pancakes, though."
Talk of Broadway isn't only known for its breakfast, though - the restaurant is equally famous for its burgers, fresh sandwiches and made-from-scratch milkshakes.
A bonus for all the parents out there - Talk of Broadway is know for being kid-friendly, as well.
So, the next time you have a hankering for a hearty breakfast or lunch and a good dose of people-watching along Broadway Street, the Talk of Broadway might be your best choice.
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