First Taste

Breakfast at Astor House: A.M. Goodness in the Coronado 'Hood

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Astor House Location: 2243 North 12th Street Open: Less than a week. Eats: Breakfast, lunch, and evening nibbles. Price Point: Around $10 a person.

Fan of the Tuck Shop? You're gonna love its little sister.

Astor House, an adorable little eatery serving breakfast, lunch, and evening nibbles next door to the Coronado neighborhood's Tuck Shop is now open, thanks to owner and architect DJ Fernandez.

With menu items including savory and sweet options for breakfast, sandwiches and salads for lunch, and evening bites like Welsh meatballs and spinach pie, this cute little space -- with a few pieces of artwork on the wall, a single tulip on each table, and seating inside or on a small backyard patio -- is both cheery and tasteful without going overboard in either direction. But then, if you've been to Tuck Shop, you already know what I'm talking about.

Let's take a breakfast bite, shall we?

On the sweet side of its a.m. food, Astor House offers a lovely version of the boxty, or traditional Irish potato pancake. Lightly fried and topped with crunchy bits of grated apple and a good-sized dollop of smooth and deliciously sweet mascarpone, these two pancakes ($6) were perfectly sized and would pair wonderfully with a fresh-squeezed OJ.

Those looking for more hearty (but not filling) breakfast food, should order the Biscuits & Grillades with an egg ($9.) A nod to the traditional New Orleans dish using biscuits instead of grits, Astor House's version, featuring a soft, flaky buttermilk biscuit topped with a light gravy of beef, onions, and peppers, this meaty creation over bread could easily be mistaken for a lunch item. Adding an egg makes it feel a bit more like a morning affair.

I can't wait to try additional breakfast items at Astor House. Oh, and their lunch dishes and evening small bites as well. Suffice it to say, I'll be back.

What do you say, breakfast biters? Have you been to the Astor House for a.m. eats yet? What did you think?

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