So my brother was in town and we wanted some breakfast. Long Islanders know that there is just something about a Bacon, Egg and Cheese sandwich on a Saturday morning from the many deli’s here on the island.
We decided to check out the newly opened Erol’s Chit Chat Cafe and see what this place has to offer.
Upon opening the door I was pleasantly surprised at the layout of this cafe. It combines a small Turkish market and a cafe, complete with WiFi and a nice 50″ Flatscreen.
Once I stepped up to the counter is where the confusion and communication between the front and the back of the house began to breakdown. You can clearly see that they are working out the kinks. I ordered a simple Sausage, Egg and Cheese with Salt, Pepper and Ketchup to-go, a staple on a Saturday morning. I was told by the cashier that they did not have sausage, so I choose Bacon. My order was taken. Next, the cook comes out and tells me that they do not have traditional Bacon, but I could have Turkey Bacon which was fine. Now, the cashier begins to hand me 2 Take Out menu’s but she did not realize that she already gave me them and proceeds to make 2 Iced Coffee’s and sit us at the tables, which was causing me to be confused, I ordered To-Go right?
Now, the food arrives and the cashier begins to ring me up, the cost of this simple Bacon, Egg & Cheese on a Roll was $5.95 which did not include a Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate which is the norm around here.
Simply put, this “Cafe” is run more like a Turkish Diner rather than a Deli serving some Turkish cuisine which was my impression originally. Once we left, of course I started to enjoy my sandwich, only to be disappointed, the Cheese, Pepper, Salt & Ketchup were missing from the sandwich.
All in all, I hope that the Chit Chat makes it, they may need to re-think their strategy and cater to more of the area’s norm, would I go back?… ummm… maybe in a couple of weeks, they have Gyro’s which I am determined to find the Island’s best Tzatziki Sauce.