With only a few eateries open on Xmas Day, it is a pleasure to note the the really good places are on the list. The Alley Cafe is one of the best places in town.
We were expecting competent if busy service. Check. We were hoping for inspired food. Solid, yes, inspired, well not as much. Our seating was at 6:30 and while a bit delayed getting to our table we were surprised to find that chief Laurie had run out of the special schnitzel. No worries, the traditional turkey dinner looked was very good. Solid traditional food at a reasonable price.
The sides of garlic mashed potatoes and dressing were very tasty. My wife had the salmon which, again, while nothing fancy was well prepared, moist and flavorful.
As we were waiting for our table we heard owner Steve Scott telling a patron that a local hotel had asked him to do a Xmas buffet. He related that the difficulty in finding staff able to work holidays precluded his participation. Such staffing challenges were evident during our visit as the entire back dinning room was covered by one server. It is a testament to the quality of the establishment that while hurried and a bit brief when visiting our table, our server, by and large, kept up and was pleasant to boot.
The Alley Cafe is billed as an "intimate, Italian cafe" and during the rest of the year that is just what the gourmand bets. But on Xmas in snowy Leavenworth the Alley Cafe is home away from home. Recommended.
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