It is, apparently, Average Week here at SFB.
The Kalico Kitchen is very average, and that's not always a bad thing to be for a diner, as is proven by the twenty minute wait to get a table there on a Sunday morning. Me, I just don't quite get it. We did the whole wait thing, and "fool me once..." comes to mind. I don't foresee a "... shame on me" coming on in the near future.
The spot is just so very very average. Switch the food out with Shari's and I doubt anyone would notice too much of a difference.
I tried the Eggs Benedict, and granted, some might argue that the dish is a step up from what should be ordered in a diner. My take? If it's on the menu, then there's no reason not to order it.
Don't order the Eggs Benedict if you go to Kalico Kitchen. It's not that it's awful, it's just something you could make at home, both better and faster. A couple of English Muffin from a bag, hollandaise sauce mix, a few slices of Hormel ham... Yeah, there's no way on earth Kalico made any of this from scratch, and replicating it wouldn't take a culinary genius. (Why you would want to replicate it is another question altogether, of course.)
Luckily the orange juice does come freshly squeezed, and I'd go so far as to claim it was the best part of the meal.
Other than that, the place is oddly quasi-Gonzaga decorated. I say 'quasi' as it seems a bit half-hearted. There are some autographed items to look at but not much more.
Kalico Kitchen is what it is. I don't love it, but if you're really hankering for some average diner food, then fine... It's as good as any other average diner. The question is, why would you settle for average?
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