Monday, November 11, 2013

Two Cougars and a Cafe

We at Hungry in the Hammer are tremendous fans of the brunch.  In fact, Ms. HitH proudly proclaims it to be the best meal of the day.  Through a friend's suggestion, we came to Two Cougars and a Cafe, a great place in the midst of the North End.
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At the risk of sounding like dreadful snobs, I don't think either of us would have considered visiting this restaurant if it had not come so highly recommended, as it is located in a strip mall close to the steel mills.  Thankfully, our sense of adventure prevailed and a regular addition to our brunch options was discovered.
 Two Cougars has a great selection of traditional brunch fare as well as sandwiches and burgers.  As well, they always have brunch specials posted. While we did not include a picture of the decor, it is unique, reminiscent of the great Canadian cottage of your great-uncle.
 Their coffee, while just standard brewed, is always fresh and strong.  Mr. HitH is a bit of a coffee fanatic, and this is amongst his favourite drip brewed coffees in the city.  Refills are offered often.  Say that 5 times fast and you get a prize.  The prize of a new picture!
 Mr. HitH tried something new. The Joe's Special Sandwich is made with eggs, peameal and cheese.  He had his potatoes, as we always do, in the home fry form.  They also offer hashbrowns, but we far prefer the home fries.  Notice that they slice fresh red pepper over them.  Usually, they also have green onions - I'm not sure why the omission this time, but they were missed!  He also asked for a side of spicy mayo, which was provided with the usual grace of the wait staff.  He was quite pleased with his sandwich, finding it meaty and filling without being greasy.  The spicy mayo added a spicy kick to a great breakfast sandwich. The potatoes were, as always, crisp and savoury. Overall, fantastically delicious.
 Ms. HitH ordered the same thing she gets every. single. time.  This is the Eggs Florentine.  This is the best Eggs Florentine in the city.  A bold statement you say?  Indeed, but I stand by it.  Their hollandaise is the perfect consistency.  It is neither too rich nor bland.  It is the perfect melding of eggs and butter and the sprinkling of paprika is the perfect touch.  The tomatoes and spinach are always fresh.  Usually it is served on pumpernickle, but the bread offered this time was uninspired, but did not detract from the brunch.
For the first time, we had dessert - in this case a lemon crisp.  It was just fine.  It tasted as if it came out of a package - and a cheap one at that.  We ate it, because we are suckers for lemon baking, but wouldn't order it again.

Two Cougars is the best 'greasy spoon' style brunch in the city, in our opinion.  It's not greasy, despite our label, the food is overall fresh and delicious.  The staff are remarkably welcoming and always make eating there a delight. We have introduced friends and family to Two Cougs and all have enjoyed, with most demanding return visits and spouting ire at us when they find out we went without them. We suggest you get out there and go wild for the Cougars!

**Addendum on 11/24/13 - two of our friends visited and weren't as thrilled with the experience as we are.  They discovered that the hollandaise is made from a Knorr package and found that it tasted of fake tarragon.  I am also worried about my palate, because I maintain it's still the best hollandaise in the Hammer - but also yet another good reminder that taste is a very personal thing and while we're giving our honest opinions, your mileage may vary!

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cvihmsharpe said...

I get take out with them tried there breakfast and there burgers. All the food is wonderful. Large portions. I'm not crazy About the sausage and home fries but that is only because they put sweet peppers ting cut in that. And the sausage is not the traditional you buy in the store, different taste than used to but good. The burgers and fries are my favorite. The sad thing is there not open past 3pm. That's to bad I would love to get dinner there.

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