Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tempting Eats.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 4:30 PM

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I'm sure over the past 28-someodd years that a lot of big decisions have been made over breakfast at Delicious Temptations.  The somewhat posh north Rodney Parham eatery sits tucked back behind Party City is a splendid little place to catch up over breakfast delights such as Eggs Temptations ($4.50 for one or $7.95 for two, shown above) -- the traditional Eggs Benedict but with artichoke hearts and lump crab meat instead of Canadian bacon.  The light crab meat might be lost beneath the hollandaise sauce without the tart artichoke hearts, but all together it's a beautiful little sonata to sway your taste buds.

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More on breakfast... including custard-thick French toast and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie... on the jump.

Another great dish is the French Toast ($4.50) -- thick, custardy, lots of egg and cinnamon in sourdough bread served up with completely unnecessary butter and syrup. Oh, you could use the butter and syrup, sure. But the dish itself is so filling and satisfying, there's really no need. No, it's not that crisp, but that's all right.

The restaurant also offers a lunch menu, which includes the decadent yet simple Open Faced Crab Melt ($8.95 whole or $4.95 half), which pretty much boils down to stuff on toast -- but oh, what a nice open faced sandwich. It's cold crab salad and a thick slice of tomato on English muffin bread, topped with a thick slice of Provolone and broiled. Mixing hot and cold like that doesn't sound like a good idea, but here it's a delicious and excellent combination. It's all served up with a pickle spear and bag of potato chips.

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One thing you have to try, though -- even if you're having breakfast -- is one of the fabulous and simple desserts.  Delicious Temptations makes a great Key Lime Pie and melty sweet cookies -- but if you have the inclination you should try out the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie ($4.25), a nutty and smooth wonder that packs a lot more chocolate than meets the eye.  Within that nougat center lies not only the meaty soul of pecans, but also a delicate dark chocolate lace -- and a slug of bourbon strong enough to make you wonder if you need to have a designated driver.  It's a good match overall and just swell with a dab of whipped cream.

I should have asked -- but didn't, shame on me -- what happened to those marvelous mimosas that used to be on the menu.  They were once the best example of the drink available around these parts.  I could have asked... but I was a goob and didn't.

You'll find Delicious Temptations at 11220 Rodney Parham... but don't wait too late.  Hours are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. seven days a week.  They do accept credit cards.  More information can be found at the restaurant website or by calling (501) 225-6893.

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