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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Orange Blossom Waffles Brighten Up Any Morning at Café St. Jorge

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM

  • Julie Kramer

Café St. Jorge has occupied a corner spot in La Lengua since it opened in 2013. A cheerful blue and white sign welcomes customers; inside there are sturdy wood tables and blue chairs, white walls hung with local art, soothing music, and a counter laden with housemade pastries (many vegan and/or gluten-free). Excellent coffee courtesy of Stumptown beans is served in a mason jar when ordered over ice.

Breakfast and lunch are both available, and since the owner is Portuguese, there are some specialties like Andrea's Portuguese Breakfast (baguette, ham, cheese, and butter) and grilled sandwiches made with Portuguese cheese. You can even order a hefty slice of not-$4-toast here -- toppings include almond butter, avocado with chili flakes, and a recent special: fig toast with honey-date cream cheese.

While there are many tempting options, one morning favorite is the orange blossom waffle. This beautiful round waffle can be topped with yogurt, granola or fresh fruit; order the fruit and you'll be rewarded with a pretty ring of banana slices surrounding strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. A light dusting of powdered sugar and a small dish of real maple syrup sweeten things up. Even without the extras, this waffle has a delicate flavor from orange blossom water and a bit of orange juice in the batter. It's fluffy yet just the right amount of chewy, a waffle that satisfies without weighing you down. Vegans can also partake; this waffle is dairy-free.

Café St. Jorge is celebrating its one year anniversary, and it is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, hitting a high point alongside neighbors like Ichi Sushi/Ni Bar and PizzaHacker. Stop by, order a waffle, and join the celebration.

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