This was actually our second visit to the new Park Café at the Cove in Deerfield Beach. Our first breakfast visit didn’t really turn out that well, but we figured we’d give them a bit more time to find their footing. Fast forward to our second visit and we discovered pretty much the same experience and concluded that the Park Café at the Cove hasn’t quite shifted into “drive” and seems to be stuck in ‘park’.
Park Café at the Cove took over the location of a former bagel restaurant (Cove Bagle and Deli) and they actually did a really great job on the renovation. The previous owner had the previous space packed with junk knick-knacks. All that’s now gone and the space seems a little larger now, or at least much cleaner. The inside still is on the small side so we imagine it fills up quickly during rush hours (and tourist season). The murals on the walls do give the space a larger, yet cozy feel.
The kitchen is sectioned off in the main room and you can get a glimpse of the action. They have a TV on the back wall but on both visits it was turned off. We were seated at a table right next the Coca Cola cooler which gave us some privacy, but the hum of the motor made it difficult to hear anything. Still not sure why they had the cooler in the dead center of the dining room instead of along the back wall by the restrooms.
Service here is still a bit scattered with friendliness mixed with a hefty dose of ‘saying how it is’ before quickly moving to the next table. When I asked for a bialy as my bread choice, our server scoffed and said “you can only choose white, wheat or rye”. Strange, since the other table next to us was also offered bagels. Fruit cups are served with most of the breakfast plates and I laughed to myself when our server asked if I wanted the fruit and made a face like “you don’t really want that fruit”. Jeff said he wanted the fruit and she was off to scoop it out of a large metal bowl right behind him. You get a small bowl of seasonal fruit mix of melon, blueberries, strawberries and cantaloupe. One suggestion is they should consider keeping the bowl behind the counter.
Delancy Street omelet ($9.25 on the menu, $8.25 actual charge) – Corned beef or pastrami w/tomato, caramelized onions & Swiss cheese. I made the mistake of saying “Pastrami omelet” when I ordered and got an odd look from the waitress and had to point to it on the menu. The menu name was actually the Delancy Street omelet. Was there more than one Pastrami omelet on the menu?? When the plate arrived, we both decided that this was the most unappetizing omelet we’ve seen. The egg was an odd color, perhaps from the pastrami seasoning mixing into it? The egg was also a bit burned, more so on the inside, where I’m sure the kitchen was hoping to hide it. The caramelized onions were not so caramelized and were border line raw. The pastrami was thin sliced grocery deli meat, which didn’t really warrant the $9.25 price tag (maybe that’s why our server only charged us $8.25?) The home fries looked promising, but they were bland had has no flavor. The star of this plate was the wheat toast. It was bakery fresh and probably some of the best bread we’ve had a deli/diner. It makes sense why they had a sign offering to ‘order your fresh bread loaves early’ by the front door.
Two Eggs, bacon and home fries ($7.50) – The fruit cup can work if executed well, but we suggest to skip this one. The eggs were the best part of this dish, still a bit runny (even for sunny side up) but good with some seasoning. The ‘soft’ bacon was oddly bland and makes second guess not ordering ham or sausage.
Jeff’s coffee went empty for quite a while and we had to ask for a refill. Well, she forgot and we had to ask again. The bill arrived and cashing out went smoothly and we even got a warm ‘goodbye’ from the kitchen. Park Café at the Cove – Not Our Favorite Deerfield Beach Breakfast. Hopefully they can move out of ‘neutral’ and get the gears into ‘drive’ and turn things around quickly.