Beginnings are so important. Starting a new week, a new day, holds special promise. And, as we all very well know, beginnings can slide either way and take the whole day along for the ride.
On a recent Sunday morning, beginnings seemed especially important. Charles and I took old friends out for breakfast to a brand new restaurant; not just new to us, but new to itself.
Ingrid and Katrina are big city girls. Wining and dining is central to their lifestyle. It isn’t often that we can lure them away from the fast track to our little home in the hills. Were we tempting fate to take them to a restaurant we hadn’t taste-piloted first ourselves?
Still, I had heard such good things about Amador City’s new Chatterbox Cafe and then Amador City itself is just so darn cute. There are so many darling shops to explore. Take Lanza Imports, for instance, or the Bellflower Home & Garden Store.
Ingrid is the spiritual type; she thrives on crystals, candles and pendulums. Deja Vu Holistic Center was just made for her or she for it. And I knew, given Katrina’s sweet tooth, that she would have to pick up something delicious at Andrae’s Bakery.
No doubt about it, Amador City is a destination, so it was time to check out the Chatterbox.
It turned out the new eatery (the grand opening was only last month) is literally a “hole in the wall,” but I’m guessing those walls are 150 years old. A narrow shoebox slice in a historic building, the Chatterbox has been given a flattering facelift. New owner Joe Silva has whitewashed the venerable walls and adorned them with colorful paintings by Bonnie Waldon.
The bistro is Joe’s second Chatterbox. He may be remembered as operating a restaurant of the same name in Sutter Creek for 11 years.
“I wanted a little time off and took it, but I always knew that I’d one day own that ‘hole in the wall’ in Amador City.”
Though Joe does all the baking, he’s assisted by two cooks: Dan Ganas and Torre Collins. Wesley Wilson serves.
I knew the moment I picked up the menu that the Andouille Omelet ($8.50) was meant for me. It was cooked New Orleans-style – fresh and spicy – with lots of onions, mushrooms and sausage sauteed together with eggs, then smothered in jack cheese.
That sounded good to Ingrid as well. We congratulated each other on our choices, but Charles was equally as pleased with the Chatterbox (also $8.50). His eggs were sauteed with fresh mushrooms, green onions and bacon then covered with jack cheese.
Katrina’s choice was the cheese omelet ($7), a rich combination of eggs with cheddar, jack and Swiss cheeses. We all opted for Joe’s delicious scones ($1.25) and glasses of fresh-brewed iced tea ($2).
I was happy to note that the Chatterbox also serves lunch. We’ll be back for sure.