Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Jesse's Deli disappointment
I feel saddened.
While out running errands I thought I would stop in to the newly opened Jesse's Deli, located where the William's Coffee Pub on Ontario st. used to be. Though this is a new spot in town I have heard very little about it, they haven't created much of a buzz to launch their new venture. Despite this, the place was quite busy - almost full - and I felt a little excited as I was seated and given the menu.
The menu itself is the highlight; filled with breakfast options (served 7am-3pm): regular bacon and eggs, 'ecceptional french toast' (yes, I spelled it wrong but took it straight from the menu) which is served with cream cheese and fresh strawberries topped with strawberry sauce, and a variety of eggs benedicts (hollandaise not made in house but should be equal to Features). Lunch items are available from 11am until close and consist of mostly sandwiches and wraps in a variety of styles - great for a reasonably priced quick bite to eat in the afternoon.
The execution of the menu is where things start to fall apart. I really was hoping this could become a new staple as a breakfast joint to widen the variety in my life but the food is rife with disappointment. My breakfast sandwich has some shell left on the circular formed rubbery egg, the sausages beneath are greasy and overdone, like little pool-shrunk wieners. The square of cheese is desperately trying to be a sharp cheddar but leaves me actually longing for Kraft singles. Homefries seem to be an attempt at boiled potatoes, mushy texture, little seasoning - like my grandma makes at every family dinner (note: my grandma is a terrible cook). The side of cottage cheese tastes as though it has spent the last few days making love to the fruit cocktail, not completely unpleasant but certainly strange.
The coffee is undrinkable.
I want to like this place, and will consider giving it one more try but with so many strikes against it, there seems little reason to make the trek. Please, if you have had a good experience here do pass it along. Should I give it another try?