This old-school cafe at the north end of Ashland is open for breakfast and lunch only. While it can be a little daunting to pull up on a weekend morning and see dozens of people already waiting for tables, don’t fret — the wait is usually less than 15 minutes, and once you’re seated the rest happens fairly quickly. The specials board out front may win you over before you’re ever seated, but know that the popular Benedicts are a sure bet, as are the cafe’s house-baked scones and muffins. Sit out on the patio in good weather if you can.
A Disappointing Turn of Events at a Formerly Cherished Local Spot
Date of Visit: Friday, December 15, 2023, at approximately 7:15 AM Background: As a long-time patron of Breadboard, my experiences until now have been nothing short of delightful. My routine involves a weekend breakfast run with my 3-year-old, a tradition that’s become a cherished part of our family life. Incident: On this particular Friday, we followed our usual practice of calling ahead for our order. Upon arrival, with only a few cars in the parking lot and just two tables occupied, we decided to sit for a moment to eat a couple of bites. Issue Encountered: Unexpectedly, we were confronted by a waitress who informed us that we couldn’t eat any of our to-go food at the restaurant. I politely explained that my son and I just wanted to eat a few bites before departing, offering to vacate the table should it be needed. Her response was not only unexpected but also starkly unaccommodating. She insisted we leave immediately, citing her right to refuse service and was adamant about not allowing any flexibility in this matter. Managerial Interaction: In seeking a resolution, I requested to speak with a manager. I was informed that no manager was present and that she was merely executing the owner’s policies. My attempt to have her contact the owners for clarity was futile as was the attempt to get the waitress’s name. Reflections: As someone who frequents Breadboard, spending a significant amount each visit, and always ensuring a generous tip, I was taken aback by this rigid and unwelcoming stance. The lack of empathy, especially during the holiday season, was disheartening. The refusal to allow a father and his young child to briefly enjoy their meal in an almost empty establishment is beyond comprehension. Conclusion: The encounter was a stark contrast to the warmth and hospitality we’ve come to expect. This experience, marked by a profound lack of consideration and a seemingly entitled attitude, has regrettably led me to decide that we will not be returning. It’s important for a business to recognize the value of loyal, respectful customers. I hope this review helps others in making informed decisions about supporting local businesses.
Freaking good! I was born and raised in the country where good food is raised and prepared and breakfast was exactly that. Not fake and cityfied! Ha great people too…
Really good breakfast spot
Great local breakfast place. A long time favorite in Ashland. Good food, large-ish portions. Fresh and well presented. Excellent service.
Great breakfast special of pumpkin pancakes.
Super tasty pumpkin pancakes, with walnuts and confection‘s sugar. Large serving. Good help. Coffee could use an upgrade. This spot is celebrating 40 years; that speaks for itself. They also serve lunch.
New style American breakfast
Nice place for breakfast, which is different from traditional American breakfast, but had new style and great taste. Highly recommend