What we like:
Cheesy potato soup, chicken fingers, and sweet potato fries.
What they offer: This little cafe tucked away in a strip shopping center in Holland lends a sophisticated flair to crowd-pleasers such as pizza, sandwiches and crabcakes.
A grilled chicken sandwich is accented with garlic aioli; a cheese-and-potato soup is topped with grilled crostini and dusted with bits of real bacon and scallions. One of the restaurant's most popular dishes, crabcakes, gets a Mediterranean accent with bits of olives and a United Nations of spices.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner in a brightly casual setting. Brian Goldstein, who owns and operates the restaurant with partner Steve Weber, describes the cuisine as "a little Spanish, a little Italian, a little French with an American twist."
Other popular dishes are prime rib and baby back ribs with hints of cumin, cayenne and chipotle. The side dishes are proof positive of the BYOB's aim to offer a smorgasbord of experience from diner (potato pancake) to steakhouse (baked potato) to mom's kitchen (mac and cheese) to upscale restaurant (seafood risotto).
Background: Goldstein and Weber are graduates of Council Rock High School, but seven years apart. Goldstein began in the restaurant business as a dishwasher and delivery driver, but during his 15 years in the business he discovered a talent for cooking. Weber studied culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island.
The two began working together at restaurants in the area, including the Yardley Inn and 90 Main in New Hope.
"After a couple of years, we decided to open our own place," Goldstein said. "We figured, why not? We'd give it a shot." The restaurant opened six months ago, and is named after Goldstein's late mother as a tribute.
Where: 295 Buck Rd., Holland; 215-357-3337.
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Closed Monday.
- Kristin E. Holmes