Saturday, August 30, 2014

Return of Cafe Eccell

And they're baaaaaaaack!

Cafe Eccell has returned. They're now located in the former Luby's location on Texas Avenue in Bryan. On first glance Luby's cleaned up very nicely. The floor to ceiling windows are beautiful. The stained cement floor now looks distinguished. And there are decorator touches all around that bring the look together. The new incarnation looks nothing like a cafeteria. As an added bonus, the new Cafe Eccell now has a bar area with daily specials. [Tuesdays = $5 tarts!]

The windows from the original restaurant!
So how's the food?  Simply put, it's the same food with a slightly higher price point and a few new menu options. Both The Lovely Spouse and I ordered items we had not previously tried at the original Cafe Eccell.

New appetizer.  These look like chicken wings but are actually pork cooked on the bone. Served with a vinaigrette dressed salad.
Half chicken street tacos, half pork street tacos.  The pork was a bit tastier. A dish for lighter appetites. 
Blackened fish sandwich served with roasted veggies.  The sandwich fell apart and had to be eaten with knife and fork.  It was delicious, however.  The veggies were so-so. 
Now, most importantly, what about the desserts?  All of the original Cafe Eccell desserts are still there, with additions.  I didn't have room for dessert however The Lovely Spouse ordered his favorite.

Chocolate Amaretto Mousse Bombe. Exactly as described. My favorite part is the dark chocolate ganache on the outside. 
Cafe Eccell was a College Station institution and is now a Bryan one.  We'll most definitely be back.  Especially so that I can try that new fig and banana tart. It sounds delicious! I predict long lines now that football season has started up again in Aggieland therefore I recommend reservations during times that would be expected to be busy.

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