This is my third time at Geraldine’s Counter and I am still very happy every time I visit. They have the BEST french toast I’ve ever had. It’s so unique to other ones I’ve had and it really is top notch. This cute diner is located in Columbia city, about 10 minutes south of the International District.
Atmosphere: Their restaurant is on a corner and so the room is kind of split between two sections. There’s a counter for seating as well. Lots of tables! They display a lot of local art on their walls and I really enjoyed it because it brings back childhood memories of watching Totoro and other Studio Ghibli films. Lots of natural light from all of the windows. They use a lot of colorful plates and cups so it adds a lot of character and brightness to the restaurant.
Pricing: Pretty average brunch pricing. Dishes range from $8-$11. They also serve lunch and dinner, but you really come here for the brunch/breakfast.
Service: Everyone I’ve had is super friendly and helpful
This was the Slammin’. Choice of sausage patty, chicken sausage, or bacon with 2 eggs of choice and pancakes (or sub for french toast for $1. Of course I did that!) I wanted a nice balance between my sweet and savory. They rotate their french toast toppings and this day’s were caramelized peaches.
My BF ordered the corned beef hash *squash, beef, potatoes, green peppers, celery, and onions) with english muffin. I haven’t had much corned beef hash in my day but this was really good! There was a lot of meat and the squash and peppers really made the dish much more balanced with these lighter flavors. I know the potatoes and meat can make it heavy but it was really well balanced. I would highly recommend this if you don’t get the french toast.
My first visit to Geraldine’s. This is the complete order of their french toast. I’m not even completely sure what kind of bread they use, but it’s crispy and not overly crispy where it hurts to eat but a nice “crunch”! It’s all about the experience on this dish because I can’t even describe how unique and good it is. Caramelized apples for this topping!
I hope by the end of this entry you will be dying to try the french toast. I hear the chicken fried steak is another popular breakfast dish. I would expect a wait during weekends just FYI. This place is big but not that big. I might try their lunch or dinner items sometime, but I am always tempted to just get the french toast since breakfast is served all day. Happy brunching!