If you are south of Portland and will be in the neighborhood of York, Maine, you have to make time to visit The Stolen Menu Café, 127 Long Sands Road in York. (well, any day but Monday; they’re closed!). Watch much television? If you do, you may have heard of it (or seen it!) on the TV Diner or the Phantom Gourmet. M-J Bailey is responsible for getting your delicious breakfast to you when you stop in to visit. When you first arrive at the little shopping mall you will have no trouble picking The Stolen Menu from the lineup of stores; with its cheerful colors it pops right out at you, drawing you right in.
Inside, well place messages remind you “No Sulking” and to “Be Nice or Leave”. Good advice in any venue.
You could get lost in the pleasure of just reading the menu, in love with the food long before you even get to see or taste it. What to choose can take a while. Go slowly. If you are looking for an Italian spin on your breakfast, order a “Little Italy”. This amazing breakfast includes prosciutto, spinach, very thinly sliced red onions, pesto, Italian tomato hollandaise sauce (which can be ordered on the side if you just want your food the way you want it, like Sally Albright in When Harry Met Sally), over easy egg covered with mozzarella and strewn with pea shoots, set atop a thickly slice piece of parmesan bread…incredibly good. When talking about her lovely restaurant and her excellent cooking, the proprieter M-J says, “I love food.” You will know this from your first glimpse of your beautifully presented meal. It is prepared in the Italian tradition of using only the freshest (local whenever possible) ingredients. Your eggs will be from Nellie’s Nest Cage Free Eggs…something else to feel good about. If your non-Italian breakfast companion is looking for suggestions about what to order, the California Benni is an excellent choice.
The featured breakfasts and lunches are subject to change based on the artist M-J’s whim. It’s a good thing.
The portions are very large; you might eat half for breakfast and take the rest home for lunch. In addition to the excellent food, you will be served by excellent waitstaff. Amy was the waitperson on Friday morning and the service was impeccable.
There is an extensive array of baked goods (perhaps something with your name on it?) to the right of the store in the bakery case. The cupcakes look especially wonderful…
M-J even has a “Wicked Kid-Friendly Menu”, so bring the kids…but only if they are being extra good.