When it comes to breakfast, I’m a diner or family restaurant kind of guy. My parents, however, are fancy pants breakfast kind of people. My Dad has one criteria for a breakfast establishment and it’s that they serve fresh squeezed orange juice. They could serve him burnt pancakes and a bowl of raw eggs, but if they came with a juice of fresh squeezed, pulpy orange juice he’s there. Cafe Marie is my parents’ favorite breakfast spot, mostly because of that fresh squeezed orange juice.
Cafe Marie in Ann Arbor doesn’t exactly qualify as a breakfast “joint”, so I’ve never been much of a fan. The food is pretty solid, but it just seems like a little too much for me. Specialty coffees? Salmon scramble? Pecan pancakes? Come on. This is the kind of place where when you order a juice, they bring it to you in a “2 drink” sized glass. Apparently, Cafe Marie supports dehydration.
Like I said before, the food is definitely solid. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t hate on the Huevos Hermosos, which is chorizo sausage, jalapenos, and tomatoes, scrambled with eggs and covered in cheese. It’s actually pretty delicious. The chorizo may be a little bland, but the actual dish has a ton of flavor. Problem is it costs $7.85 and comes with exactly what you see below. Well, minus the “Potato and Cheese Avalanche” in the bowl over top. That’s an extra $3.25.
Bottom line is Cafe Marie serve up some very good food, but it’s just a little too much when it comes to breakfast. If you’re looking for some morning eats in a spot that is both a little fancy, but still casual, then it’s perfect for you.