Rodeo, New Mexico
June 24, 2006
Indoors, plenty of Delft blue decorations contrast against pastel yellow walls. Wall clocks above Delft blue plates show Saanich and Amsterdam times. The brick fireplace with floral Delft blue vases on the mantel was inactive, but likely gets good use in winter. At the entrance, a small winkel (store) section sells cute Dutch souvenirs such as Opa key chains, Delft blue items, and goodies like zoute drop (licorice), King pepermunt (hard peppermint candies), and other Dutch favorites.
We took a seat at a sunny window table, where we were amused to find a glass cup holding packets of de sugar and de sweetener. In fact, we were to find that de prefaces just about everything on the menu! De bakon, de ham, de sausage, de veggies, etc. Hastily and unimaginatively, we decided to split a Denver omelet (de nver? – nee!) with Gouda cheese at least. And krentebrood (raisin bread) toast on the side.
Only after we got done ordering and were halfway through our tasty and veggie-packed omelet did I spy on the back of the menu along with lunch items, de Uitsmyter, my father’s favorite Dutch breakfast and one I’ve always loved too. An open-faced slice of toast is topped with ham, Gouda or Edam cheese, and a sunny-side-up egg. De Dutch’s version includes two of these plus a tossed green salad for only C$6.99. Doggone it! Six kinds of burgers are offered for lunch under the Frying Dutchman section, plus wraps, sandwiches, even a quesadilla, venerable Dutch pea soup, and salads.
A word must be said here about pannekoeken, De Dutch’s signature dish. These plate-sized (12 inch diameter) pancakes, thinner than American pancakes, but thicker than crepes, are served in endless (well, more than 50) combinations and permutations. Some are sweet (example: strawberries and whipped cream) and others not (example: de Boer a hearty but artery-clogging concoction with hash browns, ham, bacon, bratwurst, eggs, and Hollandaise sauce). Dutch-Canadian John Dys started De Dutch as the Original Dutch Pannekoek House in Vancouver, in 1975. Canadians loved it and 30 years later there are 22 franchised De Dutch restaurants mostly in B.C. and western Canada.
With an extra side of toast and two coffees, our meal came to C$18.
From journal Victoria Victuals