About a week ago, while walking to Keys at the Foshay for breakfast, we passed The News Room. A sign out front boasted that they offered breakfast every day at 7:30am. ‘The News Room has BREAKFAST!’ I shouted. Two weeks later we went there for breakfast.
The Overall Experience
We ventured to this venue on a Sunday morning around 8am, just half an hour after it opened. As we opened the doors, we made bets on how many people would be in the venue. I guessed two and my breakfast companion estimated four. Upon entering, only one table was occupied…with four patrons. Emily for the win! We quietly entered, careful to sit far from the only other people there, and began our breakfast experience, which was an enjoyably average one.
The Venue and Service
The News Room is an awesomely unique venue. The bar in the middle of the space is a giant ship, with bottles of liquor stacked along the ship’s rigging. Surrounding the bar, which is in the center of the space, are a variety of wooden booths, hightops, and regular two and foursome tables. The walls are riddled with enlarged newspaper articles shouting famous headlines: ‘NIXON RESIGNS,’ ‘MEN WALK ON MOON,’ ‘HITLER DEAD,’ etc. In other words, if you’re bored with your date, there’s lots to read. Oh, and our service was pretty average. We were quietly and politely well-attended to.
The Food and Coffee
The breakfast menu offers a surprisingly extensive variety. Hooray! I ordered my apparent classic Huevos Rancheros ($9.95). And I was quite pleased. The three small corn tortillas came on a bed of zesty (but not too spicy) salsa and the tortillas themselves were then layered with black bean hummus, tomato, onion, and scrambled eggs. I also opted to add avocado on the side. The flavors were very authentic and well-balanced without becoming too spicy and overwhelming. It was delicious and I was satisfied.
My breakfast companion had the Pork Fried Steak ($10.95). The dish was a hefty black pepper-marinated and pan-fried pork cutlet topped with andouille pork sausage gravy and corn relish. Spicy potatoes and two eggs came on the side. The meat itself wasn’t super flavorful, but the gravy and corn relish really helped it out. The corn was especially a pleasant and unique surprise that made the dish burst with more flavor. However, the eggs weren’t cooked correctly (runny white) and they were rather flat-tasting, so she didn’t even finish them (which says a lot). All in all, she thought this breakfast was decent for a place that’s not known for their breakfast.
Coffee Quality: n/a
Food Quality: 7
Quality of Service: 9
Menu Variety: 8
Overall Satisfaction: 8
Parking: street parking
Average Score: 8.2