Perched on a corner in the up-and-coming Irvington neighborhood, cozy Dufour's delivers fresh and delicious diner fare in a borderline bohemian setting. The walls highlight local art and retro posters; stained-glass pieces add sparks of color to the windows; and a glass display case full of pastries, cakes and pies makes a mouth-watering focal point.
The breakfast menu covers all the standard bases: eggs, omelets, pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches and corned beef hash. Coffee is the basic drip variety; although Dufour’s does have an espresso bar capable of cranking out lattes and cappuccinos. The pancake breakfast ($4.75) consists of two thick, fluffy buttermilk cakes with a hint of sweetness that nearly negates the need for syrup, along with an egg and sausage patty. The stackable platter (for $6.50), a breakfast sandwich of scrambled egg, cheese and choice of meat on an English muffin with cheesy hash browns on the side, proves a good choice. Hash browns are a bit greasy, but the bacon is perfectly crisp, and portion sizes are just right.
Lunches lean toward sandwiches, salads and soups; grilled soft pretzels stuffed with cream cheese or jalapeno and pepper Jack ($4.25) are perhaps the most popular items on the midday menu. Avoid the construction zone out front and snag a parking spot in the free lot behind the building.