Friday, August 19, 2011

Who wants some breakfast? Part I

No, we don't offer a continental breakfast at The Downtown Hotel.  We figure that's one of the extras that would jack up the price of our rooms too much, and our live-in night managers have always been unified in agreement that they don't want to get up at 5am to put out a couple plates of donuts and breakfast cereals.  (Generally, they're still snoozing at that time, but you can call them from the front desk, if you really need them). We don't a have a good space to serve breakfast, anyway.    

HOWEVER, there are a lot of good choices for breakfast in the neighborhood of The Downtown Hotel, and by far the most popular is the Cornerhouse Restaurant.
A local landmark of some 30 years standing, they are the classic "Mom 'n' Pop" diner in town.   These guys are so authentic they don't even have a website.  Seriously, what's the point?  They've got all the business they can handle on word-of-mouth; mostly locals. On the other hand, in my many visits there, the longest I've had to wait to get served is in the neighborhood of 20 minutes, so you know they run like well oiled machine.   I did find a copy of their menu online, so you can get the idea of the fare (thanks to our friends at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)  The menu changes a little from time to time, and they have a rotation of daily specials, as you'd expect, but you get the idea. 

Best bit of Cornerhouse trivia:  it was the favorite local joint of Raymond Carver, poet, essayist and icon of the American Short Story. We sometimes get Carver pilgrims come through, to sit at the same lunch counter their favorite author frequented.

The Cornerhouse is not affiliated with The Downtown Hotel, but as it happens, they are located on the first floor of our building.  Open every day at 6:00 am.

The Cornerhouse is breakfast destination Numero Uno in Port Angeles; also quite popular for lunch and dinner, every night 'til 9pm.

(And don't get me started on their fish & chips...)

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