1407 21st Ave, 325-3328 7:30 am - 3 pm, open daily.
At 21 Union Cafe, there isn't a thing on the menu over six bucks (the closest you come is $5.95 for the Blue and Green Scramble with blue cheese, green onions, and avocado). Don't think for a minute, though, that the cheap prices make for a half-ass selection of too-tiny-to-fill portions, 'cause it just ain't true.
They serve one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches ($4.50) I've ever had, with the thick French bread grilled to golden and buttery perfection. The crust is still chewy (as it should be) and the thickness of the bread creates a warm and pillowy bed, which the American cheese and thick tomato slices happily melt into. The sandwich comes with a handful of spinach salad--mushrooms, tomatoes, and green onions--tossed with a tangy Dijon vinaigrette.
But the main purpose of visiting the cafe the first time was for their breakfast, the lavender waffles ($3.95) specifically, and that's where my new love affair started. The delicately flavored fluffy triangles are served with syrup and butter, and they're absolutely delicious. They won't fill you up on their own, however, so I suggest you throw down the extra dollar and get the fruit and whipped cream on top, or order a side of rosemary roasted potatoes ($1.55).
They also have a variety of scrambles, or if you're looking for a lighter morning snack, the yogurt parfait ($2.65) has generous layers of plain yogurt, sweet fresh fruit, and granola.
They serve a blueberry lemonade that you have to try. It's the most refreshing thing you'll ever drink, with chunks of fresh blueberries swimming in each glass--which ultimately get stuck between your teeth. Watch out for that.