My husband and I enjoyed a delicious comfort food breakfast in Altamont, New York this morning. After a bout of family insomnia, I craved a hearty breakfast this morning. Walking into The Home Front Cafe, is liking walking through a time machine into a 1940s style coffee shop. The ambiance reminded me of the Christmas church sales of my youth. The waitress told us that the cafe was a vintage thrift shop at one point, then became a tribute to World War II Veterans, and then changed its motif to include all soldiers and veterans.
I love the unique coffee mugs, and old military papers under the glass at each table. The coffee was bold and our kitschy mugs were refilled frequently. I think the dark circles under my eyes gave my sleep deprivation away. I ordered a mushroom, onion and cheddar omelet. My husband ordered the “Turkey Rachel” sandwich special, a buttery Rueben and thousand island dressing creation.
It was so hard to resist getting a piece of chocolate pudding cake for dessert. Rarely do I order dessert after breakfast. Finally I was strong, and told myself I’ll get a piece of cake next time.
On a writerly note, I loved eavesdropping on the three ladies in their early 70s sitting at the table next to us who were talking about “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. One friend summarized the plot from start to finish as her friends listened intently. As I’m ravishing my omelet, I hear her say, “Yep! She lost six toenails.” I love how the power of a good story can get all generations talking. If you are looking for a home cooked meal with a heavy dose of military nostalgia, I heartily recommend The Home Front Cafe on Main Street in Altamont, NY. No credit cards accepted.