I suppose it’s possible that I liked Grayson’s Cafe so much because my expectations were kind of low. Not for any good reason, but I guess I was expecting Elmo’s, which I’ve never had any strong feelings about either way but which has always left me vaguely disappointed. Grayson’s, on the other hand, left me full of love.
I don’t have very much to say either way about the pancake, but everything else I tried was wonderful. The potato pancakes were lighter and fluffier (not in a healthy way, of course) than I thought fried potato could ever be. I got an egg scramble that was pretty much perfect–great sausage and fresh spinach (every time I get a spinach omelet at Elmo’s it is full of freezer-burn-tasting grossness). Despite the big bucket of ketchup that came with the meal, and despite my usual love of ketchup, I put it on nothing. The fruit side was also fresh and not just a garnish.
I don’t mean this post to be an Elmo’s-bash, but I couldn’t help comparing the two places as I went to both this weekend–Grayson’s won easily. Elmo’s has an expansive menu (I admit I’ve probably only tried about 3% of it) and longer hours (Grayson’s is not open for dinner and only has breakfast on the weekends). But on a weekend morning, there is no way that Elmo’s is worth the wait when Grayson’s (no wait and outdoor seating) is an option. At Elmo’s, it was as intensely crowded as usual at brunch time and I heard someone marveling at the chaos and saying “wow, this place must be awesome.” Well…Grayson’s Cafe (2300 Chapel Hill Rd) Breakfast, Sat and Sun 8am – 2pm Lunch, 7 days 11am – 2pm