Sunday brunch is an institution. For many, the ritual is: Go to church, go to IHOP. Subsequently, you will not catch me anywhere near an IHOP on a Sunday between 10am and 4pm. Half-hour wait for mediocre (at best) pancakes? Nah. Unfortunately, there are times when I don’t feel like cooking first thing on a Sunday, and I don’t have any good leftovers in the refrigerator. Where to go? Adding to the complications, MG is very devoted to her Sunday morning starch. I can’t blame her. Eat yogurt and protein shakes every morning and come Sunday morning, you might be craving a flapjack.
Breaking convention, we decided to be adventurous with our Sunday morning meal and try someplace new. I wasn’t sure if I wanted breakfast or lunch. What serves both? Diner.
The Eldorado III is part of chain of diners in the Westchester area. I’ve had a few dishes at their other locations, but this was my first visit to the Scarsdale location. This location used to host one of the first Brazilian buffets in the area. Sadly, I don’t think their business was brisk enough to sustain the sheer real estate that the building occupies, and they went the way of the dinosaur. Enter another diner for the Central Avenue crowd.
MG got the Banana Nut waffles ($7.95) with some blueberries on top. When most people order Banana Walnut muffins/pancakes/waffles/whatever, they expect bananas and walnuts to be mashed up and added to the baked concoction of choice. Right? Well, not this one.
Weird. It’s not a bad thing. They did not misrepresent their dish. It is still technically a banana walnut waffle, right?
Oddity aside, MG said it was good. She declared the waffle well cooked, the fruits fresh, and the walnuts plentiful. Nothing was extraordinary, but everything was made sufficiently.
I got one of their brunch specials ($12.95). The entree comes with coffee and juice. There is also an option for a mimosa, a great choice for the hangover crowd. I got their Tex-Mex egg dish (I don’t remember the exact name). It’s basically a burrito wrapping around eggs, ham, cheese, with a side of home fries, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. I utilized the salsa and guacamole. Both were pretty good, better than I expected of a diner. The salsa was nothing special, but it wasn’t watery, which I loathe. The guac was not exceptional, but it did not offend. The home fries were fresh and tasty. The main dish was also sufficient. Much like MG’s waffle, everything was done properly, without much fanfare or excitement, but competently prepared.
There is no need to rush out to Eldorado III. Their food is good, but not special. They are a good choice for Sunday brunch if you are in the area. The dining area is pretty large, so I would be surprised if you ever had to wait more than five minutes for a table.
784 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, NY 10583