Report Card: Easy Street Cafe

Easy Street Café in downtown Powell

Easy Street Café in downtown Powell

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http://theeasystreetcafe.com/

Overall GrubGrade  A-

 

The Breakdown:

 

Atmosphere:  Grade B:  We really didn’t know what to think when we arrived at the Easy Street Café in Powell.  This was our first dining experience in downtown Powell, and at first I thought we made a wrong turn somewhere.  Easy Street Café looks more like someone’s house from the outside – it even has a front porch.  On the inside however, we found the throwback décor charming.  The restaurant was very clean and there were movie and musical posters on the walls.  Easy Street Café is definitely a restaurant that has a second job as a bar, with the bar along one wall seeming almost like an afterthought.  The tables were nicely spaced, and the place seemed much bigger on the inside than it did on the outside.  The main drawback was the parking lot, or lack of one.  But that’s not a real surprise for any restaurant that located in any downtown. 

High marks:  Clean, nice décor, big interior

Low marks:   Might drive right by it since it looks like a house, parking was horrendous

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Service:  Grade B:  Our server, Jennie, was very pleasant.  Overall, the service was okay.  All of our needs were met without any heavy-handed hovering.  There was a slight mistake in Katina’s order, but Jennie had it corrected right away.  Our food came out quickly (even the re-fire of Katina’s dish) and Jennie put out a laid back vibe that put us at ease.

High marks:  Good service, minimal wait

Low marks:   Small mistake made with one entree

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A:  Katina ordered a Dragon Berry mojito to wet her whistle.  It was good, but certainly not the best she’s had.  Katina felt it was a little light on the “berry” flavor.  I selected a Rogue Dead Guy ale, which I’ve described in a previous report card.  It was, of course, tasty – which is to be expected since I try to avoid ordering beers that I do not like.  We decided on the calamari for an appetizer.  The calamari at Easy Street Café is a prime example of something tasting much better that it looked.  Usually, when you order calamari, it comes with one or two sauces for dipping.  The calamari at Easy Street Café came with something called Louisiana sauce, which wasn’t really a sauce but more of a paste.  It didn’t look very appetizing, but it tasted great.  It had the perfect amount of heat – just enough to make your nose run a little.  For her entrée, Katina ordered the Cajun Chicken Gyro and I selected the Cheech and Chong Burger.  The Cajun Chicken Gyro was not spicy as the name would suggest, but it did have a nice flavor and was well-seasoned.  Katina thought the gyro was suitably messy, but it was a little heavy on the lettuce, which made it a little off-balanced.  The Cheech and Chong Burger is Easy Street Café’s take on the chili cheese burger.  It was just about perfect.  The jalapenos added just the right amount of heat, and it was undoubtedly the least messy chili cheese burger I’ve ever eaten.  The melted cheese held the chili in place on the mammoth patty.  The Greek fries were nicely seasoned and very interesting.  It is really hard to make a fry that is memorable, but Easy Street Café pulled it off.

High marks:  Louisiana sauce, Greek fries, perfect chili cheese burger (Cheech and Chong burger)           

Low marks:   Cajun Chicken Gyro not spicy, too much lettuce in gyro

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Value:  Grade A+:   We feasted.  And even though we didn’t have any left overs, portion size was good.  Throw in the fact the food was of really good quality and we had some adult beverages, the $40 total on our bill seemed more than reasonable.  We highly recommend you stop by for a visit.

High marks:   Good portions, good food, low price

Low marks:   None

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