Amber Road Cafe

by Kitty Kaufman
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AmberRoadCafeAmber Road Café's breakfast is worth getting up for. Lunch warrants standing on line. Dinner? Amber's not open for dinner. Bummer. We find ourselves here for lunch and the only reason there's no line and we're seated is because we're late. Not far too late and not a moment too soon.

What to have? For openers, omelets, pancakes, waffles, crepes, oatmeal, French toast, eggs Benedict, yogurt, fruit, lox and bagel and blintzes! I'm not sure this is kosher but it is unexpected. Around noon, ease into salads with grilled vegetables; eggplant and feta; lobster and bacon; beets and goat cheese. Sandwiches: tuna melt, New England with turkey and stuffing; grilled cheese, avocado and bacon. Wraps take in vegetables, shrimp ceviche, chicken Caesar, chicken and cranberry. Best kitchen thrill since my Mexicans gave me the Ninja® last year, panini: chicken, eggplant, Cuban, Brie with chutney; and California with chicken, bacon, avocado, cheddar and chili sauce. Take note.

 

AR Here's a portabello panini with bacon, tomato and feta. I should have had those carmelized onions too. Will power = house salad, not fries. Mushrooms and tomatoes are full of summer. Panini smooshing's melted the mushrooms and cheese and won't I be sad when it's back to gruel tomorrow. Lunetta Prosecco is bright and bubbled over with apple and peach. Don't know why, since it's routine, but today it is especially good so it must be the company.

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Julie's keen on vegetables: crispy eggplant, tomato, cheese, roast peppers, red onion, olives and capers on a toasted baguette. For those who know, it seems like someone at Amber Road's stolen Aunt Sadie's potato salad recipe, the one with creamy dressing. Chefs who know potato salad's important, and it is, along with vinaigrette as good as mine, what can we say? I don't think the sandwich is grilled but I hear no complaints. There's immaculate lettuce with rich tomatoes and smoky provolone. Vegetables should always be this good.

AR Amber Road writes: "We believe nature’s simple ingredients are enough." Owner Kristina Mikelenas stops to chat even though she doesn't know us. Well, we are the only ones taking pictures. We admire her black apron with a fine dusting of flour or maybe it's powdered sugar. Is today someone's birthday or the usual Sunday meal? Where's daughter Ruta? Because the whole staff's getting ready for lunch. We sneak a peek: there's the grilled eggplant, and the potato salad, pickles, rare prime rib, a pitcher of sangria and two bottles of red. Okay, it was more than a peek owing to my nosiness and who doesn't want to know what the chef has for lunch? Ten are seated and here are two others serving and taking pictures. Kristina's petitioned the local selectmen to add tables in the parking lot. Will you ever reconsider, Canton selectmen, or do you want a petition?

AR By yourself? Try the short bar with wine and six seats. Tables handle just 35 so come early or late. It's all over by three o'clock weekdays and at two Saturday and Sunday. The setting's cheery and quaint with service that's brisk. (I could do without the vacuuming.) On Urbanspoon, they're rated 100% from their fans and TripAdvisor's not too shabby either. Every so often, how about we upload a rack of new photos with links to those raves?

Amber Road Café
635 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021
339. 237. 3925

© Photos by Julie Moffatt. Kitty Kaufman is a Boston writer. See more of their food adventures at Corporate Edge.

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0 #10 Kitty 2014-03-03 09:04
Blintzes, banana cake with cream cheese frosting.
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+1 #9 The Thin Man 2014-03-02 14:34
I don't remember Aunt Sadie's potato salad, but I am certain that like everything else that came out of her kitchen, it was divine. You
can add Amber Road to the growing list of places for us to eat if I ever make it back to beantown
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0 #8 Kitty 2014-02-28 06:53
Thank you.
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+1 #7 Eric 2014-02-27 17:37
Hmm, just off I95. Could be on the way back to Jersey.
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+1 #6 GH 2014-02-27 16:17
The vegetables! Definitely the veggies!
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+1 #5 Paco Sangria 2014-02-27 10:21
Breakfast is my favorite meal out, but I'm hardly ever up and out early enough to snag it. This place sounds good enough to set the alarm. :)
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+2 #4 Vince 2014-02-26 11:53
Ummm, those breakfast items sound divine. I think I'll order one of each!
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+1 #3 Kitty 2014-02-26 08:59
No, not kosher but an interesting mix since it's in Canton. You remember the potato salad too? I have the recipe.
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+2 #2 Rocky 2014-02-26 08:29
Well, any place with bacon (pig or turkey) and yogurt on the same bill ain't kosher,( take it from the Kosher Kitchen EXPERT) but it sure sounds yummy. Would have a difficult time choosing. Yes, anyone channeling Aunt Sadie's potato salad recipe is on the right path...
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+2 #1 Roseanna 2014-02-26 08:22
sounds and looks yummy - will have to give it a try
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