Hot Biscuit with Honey
Short Stack Red Velvet Pancakes – 2 Chocolately Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Icing and Whipped Cream
The Nutty French Toast – Texas Toast with Pecans and Caramel Sauce
The Double Trouble – 4 Deep Fried Oreos, 1 Twinkie, Strawberry Sauce, Powdered Sugar
Located all the way up in Centennial and tucked away in a small business park it was a serendipitous mention by a colleague browsing restaurant.com that lead me through the doors of Divine Eatery just after seven on a bright Saturday morning, my entry met by an empty dining room and warm welcomes from the lone cook and single server. Not exactly the sort of place one stumbles upon but warm and cheery with local art available for purchase on the walls the menu of Divine Eatery is divided into breakfast/lunch sections for those arriving from 7a-2p with dinner commencing at five o’clock and with both staples and novelties available my order veered towards breakfast – a three part order mistakenly turning into four when my server seemingly read my mind and ordered dessert for me even though I’d not requested it. Surprisingly soon to swell in patronage as the clock struck 7:30 and reaching perhaps 2/3 capacity by eight it was with several cups of Seattle’s Fonte coffee and the restaurant’s 80s soundtrack that I passed time until my breakfast arrived and citing Divine’s reluctance to stock artificial sweetener “to focus on natural, unprocessed” food I have to say I was a bit let down as all options arrived with artificial maple syrup while the $5 Red Velvet short-stack tasted not only processed but chalky as well. Turning my attention to the items that worked, both the scratch made buttermilk biscuit and crispy French Toast serving as a sort of crust to a topping of pecan pie proved remarkable while my freebie dessert – not at all natural or unprocessed – was exactly what you’d expect, the strawberry jus sopped up into the light batter of the Twinkie rousing thoughts of the pending summer and shortcake.
TWO AND A HALF STARS: A bit out of the way but well priced and decidedly local Divine Eatery simply lacks the breadth and creativity found at other local breakfast joints like Cracked Egg, Blueberry Hill, Babystacks, or Egg and I. Certainly not a ‘bad’ restaurant but the sort of place where inconsistent policies such as shunning Sweet n’ Low for Stevia are undermined by fried Oreos I cannot really think of a reason I’d go out of my way to visit Divine but for those in the area looking for a good breakfast at a good price it should suffice.
RECOMMENDED: French Toast, Biscuit, Coffee.
AVOID: Red Velvet Pancakes
TIP: Currently offering $10 and $25 coupons through restsaurant.com my whole breakfast pre-tip was $9.46. For those using GPS, be aware that Google Maps will take you a quarter mile too far north on Hualapai – the restaurant is actually tucked ‘round back of the Sinclair station on the west side of the street.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor