We were headed to watch some folks apply gravity at Derby Downs in
Akron where the All American Soap Box Derby takes place every year
when substantial precipitation quickly altered our plans. We tried
to hit the Boulevard Tavern in the Falls and discovered they
wouldn’t be open until long past the time we had to grab lunch so we
headed a couple of blocks over to Flury’s Café.
The sign and building don’t do much to let you know there is a business operating there and fortunately the GPS pointed it out to us. It’s a tiny little place, which feels like a converted house, with two rooms. The first room is dominated by a miniscule open kitchen cordoned off by the counter seating and the other room has a menagerie of small tables, booths and chairs. The tables and chairs actually reminded me of what you would expect outside of a little Parisian place on the patio so I guess the word café is appropriate. The service is a little French as well, in attitude not form. Aloof, some disinterest and I was quickly aware that we were not regulars.
Some of the breakfast options sounded appealing but we both ended up
with something much more lunchy. Steph ordered BBQ pork quesadillas
with which came cheddar cheese, tomato, sour cream and their
house salsa. It was a fair attempt but would have been much better
had the smoked meat been less acrid, not exactly a smooth warm smoke
ring, and if the sauce had some depth as well.
The Special Is Not So Special
I’m not entirely certain if the sharp biting smoke came from the meat or the sauce but where ever it was it ruled the entire sandwich. The salsa was actually really bright and tasty with small bits of all you would want in the condiment…if only the bbq sauce had done the same.
I ordered the Flury’s special burger, a double cheese with two
special sauces. Ever since moving to the area I have encountered
many replicas of the Galley Boy from
Swenson’s. Nearly all of them are labeled the “house” burger
instead of our copy of Swenson’s. In this
case I prefer Swenson’s hands down.
Flury’s is roughly the same size and comes with a burger set
(tomato, lettuce, pickle) and the bbq/tartar sauce duo. I enjoy
veggies on my burgers so that’s an upgrade from Swenson’s but the
“tartar” sauce seemed no more than mayo losing the bite of the
pickle, the patty lacked that signature sweetness and it costs
almost twice as much. So for the privledge of wobbly tables and
chairs and “French” service you could pony up the extra or get the
deal and literally have folks dashing your Galley Boy to your
vehicle. Oh and you get an olive on top. Sold.
were onion rings and their house made mac and cheese. The rings were
functional, battered and fried mid-brown. The onions were a bit
slippy in the crust, wriggling free and sliding out leaving a hollow
tube of fried bread. We have had a number of severely disappointing
mac and cheese options, this one wasn’t bad at all. The elbow pasta
was done to a nice al dente. The sauce tasted of cheese, what a
novel idea. The thing is...the stuff couldn’t taste much more like
the blue box “dinner” than the prototype itself. Certainly nothing
special but better than many who have tried to improve on the stuff
we ate growing up. We may try breakfast at some point but we’ll be
at the drive in for lunch.