It’s heartening to see that places like Darcy’s Cafe are alive and well, even with the onslaught of corporate chain restaurants taking over. But judging from the number of pickups parking around the tiny cafe on North Washington the other day, Darcy’s shows no sign of slowing.
A buddy and I met there for lunch, grabbing a small table right next to the door. And if you’re an especially late riser, don’t plan on getting a spot, as Darcy’s closes at 2 p.m. during the week and at 1 p.m. on weekends. It’s open at 6 a.m. weekdays and at 8 a.m. weekends.
There’s bar stool seating in the middle of the small room and tables around the perimeter. The two waitresses on duty when I was there were agile to say the least, quickly clearing tables and fast on their feet as they made their rounds. It’s a well-oiled machine of an operation.
I spotted the Murph Burger on the menu and I had to have it. Any burger with an onion ring and barbecue sauce on it is a must-order in my book. A cup of coffee was also needed.
Looking around before the food came, I saw all sorts of people, from the older folks who must be regulars at this point, to the sunburned construction workers, quickly shoveling in dishes before doing some more shoveling outside.
It’s the kind of place where you can chat up your neighboring table or just overhear the goings-on about town.
The burgers are shaped by hand, according to the colorful chalk sign on the wall, and my Murph did not disappoint. While the patty did seem to be on the smaller side, it was really juicy. And the home-made onion on top was crazy good. That, along with the home-made barbecue sauce and deliciously crispy bacon strips made the burger one I’d easily have again.
The crinkle cut fries that came along with it were fine, if under-seasoned. They were at least piping hot.
At this point, Darcy’s is enough of an institution that you probably have already been there. But for me, being a first timer, it was a breath of fresh air. Food made from scratch, expert wait staff and a hometown feel make it a place I can’t wait to get back to.