When I first heard Communal would be serving breakfast, I was overjoyed. I’ve patiently waited and waited.
As my husband and I were driving through Provo one day, we passed Communal. I thought about how wonderful it is for Provo and my community to finally have a decent place to go out for breakfast or brunch.
There are not many places that serve breakfast to begin with–just chain restaurants and diners. My family does not eat at chain restaurants, and rarely at diners. Besides, when I go out for a meal, I want to be served REAL food. The kind of food like I would make at home.
Communal did not disappoint me.
We were served steel-cut oatmeal first. Our family has a love affair with steel-cut oats. We eat them or regular oats practically every morning. I enjoyed this part of the meal for its simplicity. Anyone can make oatmeal, but eating it made by someone else (the right way) was nice. It was served with a small pitcher of milk, a dish of brown sugar and dried bananas.
I had to take a closer look at the dried bananas. I abhor banana chips, so I will admit I was hesitant to try the dried banana pieces. They were actually quite delicious. They were chewy and slightly tart. The banana flavor wasn’t at all overpowering.
Then we sampled the best granola in the entire world.
I think this is what makes Communal my favorite restaurant. They can do simple or fancy, and they do both equally well. Granola may seem like something boring or something you could just grab out of the bulk bin at the supermarket.
Folks, not all granola is created equal. This was granola perfection. Each element maintained its own flavor–nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and grains–yet there was a general melding of flavors at the same time. I hope they bag this and sell it. Because I’d buy it for myself and to give as a gift.
We sprinkled the granola over thick, tangy Greek yogurt and drizzled it with sweet honey. I had to be nice and share with my friends, but I wanted to elbow them out of the way and lick the bowl clean.
The beverages were impressive too. I didn’t try any of the hot drinks, but everyone who did raved. My beverage of choice was the grapefruit juice from our local Winder Dairy. It was a tough choice between that and apple juice from Allred Orchards, another of our favorite local businesses.
The giant blueberry muffins were delightful. Baking them in parchment paper “cups” is brilliant. The crust of the muffin had a sweet crunch that gave way to a light, airy, soft interior studded with tart berries.
Again, perfection. It was crispy on the outside and light on the inside. It melted in my mouth.
Now imagine this biscuit topped with a creamy, sausage gravy. (I didn’t get a great shot of that, so you’ll have to use your imagination and trust me.)
There were so many other menu items left to try. All of them met and exceeded my high expectations.
A chorus of oohs and aahs could be heard when the French toast was placed before us. French toast made from housemade bread baked in a pain de mie pan. It was lovely with the apples, whipped salted butter, and real maple syrup.
Baked Eggs with Housemade Chorizo and Tomatoes. It was so rich. I’d already sampled everything you saw above, so it was hard to appreciate it. This is something my husband would love. Communal has partnered with Clifford Family Farms, a local farm that sells organic eggs from humanely raised chickens. I like knowing where these eggs came from.
(Post edit: Forgot to add in the omelet and home fries.)
I loved the omelet with fresh herbs and creme fraiche. It was nothing short of fabulous. The home fries with the onions…you need to go try it.
|Colton Soelberg, the man behind our delicious breakfast.|
Disclosure: My meal was on the house and I was given a $25 gift certificate. My opinions are my own.