Studio One Cafe
1473 E 19th Ave
Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 342-8596

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Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 5

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Studio One Cafe really has a great reputation. Supporters rave about the French Toast, the servers, and the homey atmosphere. Which begs the question: Is Studio One Cafe really that good or is it the most overrated restaurant in all of Eugene? I be the judge.

First, the famed Challah French Toast with Berry Compote. The exotic-sounding name plus the gourmet-ish word “compote” really got me excited about this dish. Plus, it is by far the most raved about item online. So you can imagine my distress when the waiter delivered a plate with three slices of the driest, dreariest, most tastelessiest French toast ever seen on this planet. Like three little French orphans with not enough batter to keep them warm on a cold winter night. Plus their little batter coats don’t have enough spice or taste of any kind. (Thanks to my writing teacher in 9th grade for instructing me in the wise use of analogies…or maybe it was metaphors…err…nevermind). On the side (of the French toast, not the little orphans. That analogy is finished now. Let it go.) were little cups of toppings which were apparently meant to save les-miserables-disaster-on-a-plate. They didn’t. The best way to describe this dish is that it looks like something a 3rd grader would whip up for his mother as a surprise on Mother’s Day morning. Maybe a heartwarming gesture, but you don’t really want to eat it.

Service? What’s that? I think there may have been some college kids wandering around (on second thought, they looked like those perpetual students that never actually graduate) with notepads and aprons. But they couldn’t possibly have been the actual wait staff, could they? They disappeared for 10-15 minutes at a stretch, spilled food and drinks, and chatted with their friends at other tables for hours at a time. Come to think of it, they looked quite grubby, so there’s no way they could have been actual workers in a food establishment. So, in terms of service at Studio One Cafe, I can not make any comments. Sorry.

Despite the lack of any professional servers, somehow plates and utensils did miraculously appear on our table. The forks and knives looked like something purchased from Goodwill…old and dingy. The plates were worn and not quite clean. And finally, the hot tea was delivered in the form of loose tea and a strainer. Nothing wrong with that, except the strainer looked like it had been used to clean a fish tank for the last 5 years. It was grayish, oxidized, and literally rusty around the edges. The tea was not free, but the C. tetani spores were.

The homey atmosphere at Studio One Cafe is a cross between your gramma’s trailer-park kitchen, an unpopular bed & breakfast, and a homeless shelter. If that doesn’t attract you to this fine establishment, I should also mention that there is usually a 30-45 minute wait to get a table on weekend mornings. Plus the tables are packed tightly together, sorta like the stinky-feet-chairs at Borders. So, enjoy your breakfast!

As for me, I will have to pass up my next and every other chance to eat at Studio One Cafe. I now officially crown Studio One Cafe as THE MOST OVERRATED RESTAURANT IN EUGENE. Congrats!

Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 5

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