Feeling Lifted at beezy’s

. May 1, 2014.
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é on North Washington Street in downtown Ypsilanti. Its warm, sunny yellow walls lifted me above the dreary Saturday morning. Plus, there was the heady smell of coffee in the air.

Strong coffee. Mmm.

Yummy offerings and cozy ambiance

It was 9:30am on a Saturday and I was ready for breakfast. While I had heard that the line often reaches out the door at beezy’s, my family of four walked right up to the counter. We perused the giant chalkboard menu, touting dozens of breakfast and lunch items.

There was no kids’ menu for my children, ages 7 and 10, but many things were kid-friendly. My son chose a toasted bagel with cream cheese while my daughter wanted eggs. The clerk offered eggs a la carte, but we sprang for the Breakfast Plate with eggs, sausage, home fries, and toast ($6.95).

My husband and I read through the various sandwiches, scrambles, and burritos before he picked a breakfast burrito with eggs, chorizo, and cheddar ($6.75) and I settled on 2 thick slices of French Toast made with raisin bread ($5.95). We loaded up on coffee, which was indeed strong, and orange juice and homemade limeade for the kids. My son downed his limeade in record-time, allowing me only one sip of its tangy, light sweetness.

We had our pick of seating in beezy’s three dining rooms, each filled with an eclectic assortment of tables, chairs, stools, or couches. Think Central Perk from the TV show Friends. We helped ourselves to cloth napkins and silverware and waited about 10 minutes before picking up our order.

Digging in

“Mmm,” we said simultaneously.

“The salsa’s homemade,” commented my husband, dousing his burrito with it. The chorizo, fresh from Dos Hermanos market, gave the burrito’s cheesy eggs a subtle kick of flavor. “The potatoes are awesome,” my husband continued, noting how their crusty salt and pepper goodness outside complemented the soft inside.

“This raisin bread is delicious,” I told him. My French toast, appealing to look at with a sprinkling of powdered sugar, tasted light and sweet. It was grilled perfectly. I should have supplemented it with bacon or sausage, though. My portion of two slices, each cut in half, didn’t quite satisfy my appetite.

I eyed my seven-year-old’s Breakfast Plate, wondering if she could finish it without my help. She ate up the fluffy scrambled eggs and sausage links. Her home fries and sourdough toast were available for pilfering, though! My husband took the home fries while I got the toast. She had chosen sourdough bread for her toast, but beezy’s offers rye, cracked wheat, veggie or raisin bread, too. The sourdough toast worked well as a base for some tart, sweet homemade cherry jam that I spread on it.

“How’s your exotic bagel?” my husband inquired of our son.

“Yum, yum!”

While we enjoyed breakfast at beezy’s, we found the café’s lunch menu tempting as well. There’s house made soup, sandwiches on fresh baked bread, such as tuna salad, chicken club, and the vegan Mediterranean veggie, and salads like the Washington Street comprised of Amish chicken, apple, raisins and spiced pecans, topped with maple vinaigrette. We hope to return soon to be delighted by those menu items.

THE SHORT COURSE

Kid-friendly: Yes
To avoid wait: The earlier the better on the weekends.
Noise level: Moderate
Bathroom amenities:  No changing table in the café’s restroom.
High chairs? Yes
Got milk?  Yes, plus assorted juices and homemade lemonade and limeade.
Kids’ menu? No, but lots of stuff will appeal to kids.
Anything healthy for kids? Yes, including oatmeal, fresh fruit, and veggie sandwiches.
Food allergy concerns? Talk with the staff. They can identify ingredients and cook food separately.

Katy M. Clark is a freelance writer from Saline.

Beezy’s cafe
20 N. Washington Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 485-9625
Hours: Mon-Sat: 7am-4pm; Sunday: 10am-4pm
www.beezyscafe.com