with all of the drams (::cough:: cover up ::cough::) in ferguson last week, i was pretty in the dumps, so the site has been inactive. realizing that normal life has to continue at some point, we are back up and running, but ferguson is still heavy on my mind. i have more than alot to say about all of the goings ons, but i’m not sure if i will address it or not on the site. in the meantime, i implore all of you to boost your twitter intake and begin following reporters and politicians (@antoniofrench and @mariachapellen) that are on the ground in ferguson. the news (tv and print) are not giving full or accurate stories, so twitter will be your best bet.
now back to our regularly scheduled program…..
in light of some recent foolery at a new crown heights eatery, now more than ever is it really important to be mindful about where you spend your money as your hood gentrifies. for the last few months, i saw people moving like working bees in and out of the former home of house of art gallery, that has since moved to marcus garvey avenue. i’d obviously been suspicious about the breakfast-brunch restaurant and how it would affect the neighborhood staple ma’n’pops, but was willing to give it a chance. emeline’s diner (373 lewis ave) opened at the end of july, but my allegiance to ms. tammy at ma’n’pops kept me away. i finally stopped by on sunday and i could honestly end the review with this…
however, since i have an obligation to give a full review, here it goes.
for starters, the space feels like you’re eating at your super elegant great-aunt’s house. the diner is warm, bright, and inviting. the walls are covered with photos and family trees representing the owners of emeline’s (it’s a family run enterprise), giving it a nice homey feel. i knew i was going to love this place once i walked in and heard chubb rock’s “treat em right” bumpin’ out of the speakers. they keep the beats going and it’s the kind of spot where seat dancing and table singing isn’t frowned upon…or maybe it is and i was too busy jammin’ to notice.
the menu is pretty standard as far as breakfast spots go with all of the usual suspects coming out to play. the one thing that gives emiline’s a leg up though is that a beverage is included with your meal. with plates ranging from $10-15, that’s a pretty awesome deal considering a cup of tea can run you about 5 bucks in this town. i ordered the chicken&waffles, because duh and i promise a tear fell after the first bite. besides the chicken and the skin itself being seasoned beyond measure, there was a glaze topping it all that was just…heavenly.
i spent the entire time in emeline’s dancing to oldies and weeping into my plate, so i think it’s safe to say that i’m hooked. thankfully, there are two days in the weekend, so i’m officially declaring saturdays as ma’n’pops day and my sundays belong the emeline’s diner. make room for me guys, because i’ve joined the family.