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Up For Breakfast

4935 Main St., Manchester, VT - (802) 362-4204
Posted By Michael Stern on June 15, 2006 10:10 AM
Seats can be scarce in this cozy café, but if you are looking for something extra-special in the morning, Up For Breakfast is a gold mine. You really do go UP for breakfast. It is a second-story restaurant with window views of Main Street. There is pleasant art on the walls; and if you sit towards the back, you can enjoy watching goings-on in the semi-open kitchen.

Pancakes are a true taste of Vermont, especially when glazed with pools of maple syrup. You can have them with or without blueberries, made from sunny-hued buttermilk batter, dark and serious buckwheat batter, or sourdough. Sourdough ‘cakes make a faint crunching sound when you press the edge of a fork to their surface. Inside the lacy web that encloses them, they are thin but substantial, with the vigorous disposition of a starter with character.

Muffins are excellent, available hot from the tin or sliced, buttered and grilled. More elaborate meals include multi-ingredient fritattas, French toast made using big slabs of spice bread, and chicken-duck-cilantro sausage. Wild turkey hash – wildly assembled, not made from wild turkeys – is a cook’s tour-de-force that combines big shreds of roasted turkey with peppers, onions, potatoes, and pine nuts, all griddle-cooked until crusty brown on the outside and topped with poached eggs and a film of fine Hollandaise. If you like omelets, let us suggest “The Metropolitan” – smoked salmon, chopped red onions, melting-warm cream cheese, capers, and a sprinkle of dill.

Coffee is good, as are morning champagne cocktails, including Passion Fruit Mimosas.
5 star rating
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Corned Beef Hash
Blueberry Pancakes
French Toast
Orange Juice
The Purist

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Posted By Annette on April 17, 2011 5:54 PM
My husband and I were very disappointed in our food at Up For Breakfast. The pancakes were not cooked through and the omelet was less than wondeful and the toast was not even toasted. We also thought the prices were a little high; 3.00 for one sausage patty. I would not recommend Up for Breakfast to anyone.
1 star rating
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Blueberry Pancakes

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