Eat 23 Cafe serves up creative breakfast and lunch fare daily

Specialty pancakes, creative hamburgers, and a variety of breakfast and lunch items inspired by the state of North Carolina make for a diverse menu at Eat 23 Cafe, which opens Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The locally owned restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch daily at 2516 E. 10th St. across the street from the first Villa Verde restaurant.

Breakfast items include: * Sweet & Sticky Toast with peanut butter, banana slices, granola and a drizzle of honey with a side of fresh fruit; * Hogwild Omelet filled with bacon, sausage, ham and hash browns and topped with chili; * Whoa! Bowl -- Egg whites scrambled with onions, peppers, mushrooms topped with sun-dried tomatoes, sliced avocados, black olives and bacon on a bed of seasoned home fries; * Down South Benedict -- A split buttermilk biscuit layered with thin sliced steak, sauteed onions and peppers, and poached eggs smothered in country gravy; * French "Strippers" -- French toast topped with strawberries, fried white meat chicken strips and melted cream cheese.

Pancake creations include Chocolate Chip Cookie, Cinnamon Roll, Strawberry Shortcake, "Little Boy Blue" with blueberries, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and "Fat Elvis" with bananas and a peanut butter drizzle.

Lunch fare includes: * Mom's Bologna Sandwich -- Grilled bologna sandwich with Duke's mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese; * Snappy Pork Chop Sandwich -- Grilled boneless pork chop topped with mustard, chili, onion and coleslaw served on a grilled brioche bun or white toast; * Queen Anne's Revenge Burger -- Two 1/3-pound hamburger patties topped with Cheddar cheese, bacon, tater tots, house-made chipotle aioli and a fried egg; * Hummus Quesadilla -- Grilled flour tortilla topped with hummus,spinach, melted Swiss cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and black olives, served with sour cream; and * Totcho Nachos -- Tater Tots smothered with cheese sauce, chopped bacon, green peppers, onions, black olives, sour cream, diced tomatoes and shredded Cheddar.

There's a self-service coffee bar with free refills and flavors like Southern Pecan and blueberry. Pepsi products, milk and juice also are offered.

Chef/owner is Mike Duncan.

Hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Call 252-364-1919.

During the month of October, Eat 23 Cafe will host Pancakes for a Cure, with a portion of the money raised from the sale of any pancake donated to a cancer charity. For a $1 donation, patrons may buy a pink ribbon to sign and place on the restaurant window for the month.

Jane Welborn Hudson, a native of Greenville, wrote The Daily Reflector's Hot Dish restaurant column for 12 years and the Greensboro News & Record's Short Orders restaurant column for 8 years. Email her at