Brunch at what in just a few years has become a Mass Ave standard, including omelets dressed with mushroom pate, hash browns sexed up as a wedge of layers and French toast in thick slabs of cake-like fruited bread. The café has an eclectic offering with things like sun-dried tomato pesto torte and countless other creations that will dazzle your dinner parties or wow your brunch guests. Dine in and enjoy or come in and create a menu to go. Confident, creative Hoaglin is sure to please. Great for take-out lunches and dinners too.
The food here is bold, the portions are generous, and the prices almost unbelievably reasonable. Owned by the folks who brought us the excellent Chatham Tap(s), there's no doubt that a lot of thought went into the menu and its pricing. Judging from the speed and efficiency with which the food hits the table, I would take a guess that they are going to make up in volume what they might lack in margin. As for the menu itself, it's pretty short, with a handful of appetizers, mostly priced in the $12 range and intended for sharing, and a roughly equal number of main courses, priced somewhat lower (around $8) and better suited for one. I'm never quite sure what to make of photos of food included in a menu, as they all too often remind me of a Chinese take-away, but here they serve to intrigue, rather than discourage.