Like it says on the menu…this place truly is “A Blast From The Past”. Established in 1957 I don’t think too much has changed since then and it’s a good thing. That’s where this old-fashioned diner gets it’s charm. There are NO frills here but if you’re looking for the best breakfast in town (remember, no frills), this is your spot. I go every time I’m in town and usually order the exact same thing. Chorizo and eggs with well done hash browns and flour tortillas. My mom and husband are devoted fans of their popular thin pancakes. I’m just not a pancake girl but if I were, this would be the place to get them. Next time you’re in the desert, this is your spot.
For those of you who don’t know the background behind Revel…here it is in a nutshell…
Iron Chef America husband and wife team, Seif Chirhi and Rachel Yang, are the chefs behind this 7 month old restaurant in Fremont which has gotten an unprecedented amount of press since opening in mid-December 2010. First it was the New York Times mention, then the taping of The Best Thing I Ever Ate for the Food Network due to Frank Bruni’s visit and now love for the asparagus rice bowl, next it was the Wall Street Journal and most recently Revel was named the Best New Restaurant in Seattle for 2011 by Seattle Weekly.
The concept is Korean street food. Salads, dumplings, pancakes, rice bowls and noodles. The menu changes appropriately according to the season so don’t get too attached to one thing. It’s refreshing to know that even if you go often you’ll always find something new. During the summer you’ll find the BBQ smoking on the deck and a whole animal being served up a number of different ways. One week it might be a goat, next a whole pig!
Next door (attached to the restaurant) is Quoin (the architectural term for cornerstone), Yang and Chirchi’s bar. There’s a spacious deck off the back with a great fire pit and plenty of seating around. For those that can’t get in or don’t have the patience to wait for a seat at Revel, the full menu is served inside and out at Quoin.
If you haven’t been, what are you waiting for? The wait can be long but I promise the food is worth it!