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Hot Dish: Start your day at The Scullery Coffee House & Creamery

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The Lumberjack Latte.

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Christina Ruotolo

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

It’s 4:30 a.m., and while you’re still sleeping, a woman named Ruth is mixing flour and milk in bowls by hand and kneading and shaping dough into bagels, biscotti and other homemade baked goods. At 5:30 a.m. she is joined by Nicole, who will start cracking eggs, frying bacon and preparing breakfast favorites. By 7 a.m., customers are greeted with the smells of the familiar warmth and comfort of an inviting, family-owned restaurant. Welcome to The Scullery, located in the heart of downtown at 431 Evans St. The restaurant has been serving up crowd favorites, coffee and ice cream for more than six years.

Owner Matt Scully is known in the community for providing customers with eclectic and unique dishes for breakfast, lunch and in-between and was the winner of the Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Small Business Leader Award. The Scullery serves scrumptious and inventive meals that are “creative, yet approachable at the same time,” Scully says. He wants customers to eat delicious food that feels “different but familiar at the same time.” The Scullery got its start as a full-service coffee, soda and ice cream bar and then added breakfast and lunch items. The restaurant offers a variety of favorites with a twist including homemade soups, salads, breakfast sides, snacks, desserts, hand-crafted sandwiches, even beer and wine. Whether you want a cup of Joe, root beer float, latte, lemon basil soda or glass of wine, The Scullery is the place to go.

A few months ago, The Scullery rolled out its summer menu, and customers are flocking to the restaurant often waiting for a seat to try new items such as the Green Goddess Salad (back by popular demand), Summer Salad with watermelon and fresh corn and Fried Avocado Tacos, just to name a few. The restaurant utilizes many North Carolina products such as milk and cream from Simply Natural Creamery, vegetables from The Brothers Farm, sausage and beef from Homegrown Agriculture, Keller Bee Yard honey and beer from Duck-Rabbit, Mother Earth Brewery and Tarboro Brewing Co.

For today’s breakfast food tour, you have to start with coffee — and not just any coffee. The Scullery is known locally for serving organic fair trade coffee brought in from Joe Van Gogh Coffee Roasters in Hillsborough. I decided to try the Lumberjack Latte. It’s made with fresh milk, real maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. It is served in a big two-hands-needed white mug and just screams “drink me.” It was warm and earthy, sweet and smooth. This would be a great choice for cool fall mornings or a perfect treat for cold winter football tailgates and costs $4.50 for a small or $5.25 for a large.

I decided to try one of the new menu items that a lot of people are raving about: the Cold Brew French Toast. First, it starts with thick slices of French bread dipped in a batter made with 12-hour cold brewed coffee, maple syrup, heavy cream and egg yolks. It’s grilled to golden brown and topped with creamy butter and sprinkled with powdered sugar and is served with a side of maple syrup and fresh berries. It tasted heavenly; every buttery flavorful bite was delicious. The maple syrup has a great depth and is the perfect topper for this dish, priced at $7.

Now for a little savory. Everyone loves potatoes any time of day, so why not try the flavorful hash browns? The Scullery takes diced Idaho potatoes, sliced red onion and bell peppers and mixes them with white cheddar cheese. The mixture is griddle grilled to create a warm plate of awesomeness. It was hearty with a sweetness from the peppers and onions and then filled with tangy little crunchy bites of grilled cheese. Be still my hash brown heart! It’s a side item for $3 but could provide a hearty, filling meal for some.

It’s plain to see why The Scullery is a Greenville favorite for foodies and coffee and ice cream lovers alike. It is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Scullery also caters events or you can host events or parties on-site. For more information, call 321-1550 or visit https://www.facebook.com/thescullerygreenville.

Bone Appetit

The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina (HSEC) will host a Bone Appetit fundraising event Tuesday at Basil’s, 1675 E. Fire Tower Road. Ten percent of all food and drink sales will be donated to HSEC. Write “for HSEC” on the receipt and alert the server.

Blind Center fundraiser

Fight for Sight, a fundraiser for The Blind Center, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at the center, 221 N. Harvey St., Washington, N.C. Four flavors of homemade ice cream, including vanilla and butter pecan, will be available while supplies last. The cost is $3 for an 8-ounce cup. For more information, call 946-6208.

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