Olympic Café is everything one expects from a good neighborhood diner is here in the heart of the city. It’s cozy, with counter seats and comfortable old-fashioned booths to slip the whole family into and make selections from lots of breakfast choices on the menu.
Some folks have been coming for breakfast for decades...and Louie is ready with 35 different omelettes. Stay for a month and have a different one everyday, with a few more saved for the next visit. It’s a throwback kind of a place without fancy frills, but with affordable prices, accepting cash only.
It’s in one of those ‘you can’t miss it’ locations near Union Square. Walk down Geary Street, a main thoroughfare where bright red Hop-On, Hop-Off buses, city Muni buses and cable cars share the intersection of Powell Street at Union Square. Continue two blocks and find the café between Taylor and Jones streets beside the Hotel Monaco, facing Hotel Adagio and across the street from the Clift Hotel.
Look for the flame logo out front. Sometimes called Olympic Flame Café, it’s a salute to Greece, where the term ‘greasy spoon diner’ is all things good.
Aside from those famous three-egg omelettes, all the comfort food is here: basic eggs and sausage, corned beef hash, eggs benedict, home fries, French toast, waffles or pancakes with maple syrup. Breakfast is served all day.
Come lunch time, go for soup and salad, club sandwich and hot sandwiches, hamburger, chicken, pork chops and so on. The menu is a long one and specials are displayed behind the counter every day.