Sunday, June 13, 2010

Flying Swan Coffeehouse

Confusingly known by many names – Blue Moon Café or Flying Swan Coffeehouse or Blue Moon Flying Swan – this coffeehouse has been family owned since 1962, originally started by a husband and wife who immigrated from China. I have passed by this spot 100’s of times without much notice, my only real memory is having seen hundreds of bikers parked out front at one time. After visiting this morning and learning their story, now I understand why. Their daughter, Julia, was the obvious driving force here for a long time and the place was done up to match her love of riding (toy motorcycles everywhere). Sadly killed in a motorcycle accident in 2005, the Flying Swan now seems to be a tribute to her. In-house today were the original owner, who’s now Grandma, and working were, what seemed to be, the grandkids.

A huge breakfast menu is served all day, and Chinese dishes are prevalent on the rest of the menu. The food and ambience are definitely biker diner dive, but in the most positive ways – casual, fast, locals-friendly, pretension-free and cheap.

Go without expectation and you might be rewarded with an adventure.

1724 West 4th Avenue
Breakfast hours: Thursday – Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


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Anonymous said...

Blueberry pancakes were heavenly (doesn't hurt that blueberry season has just started, so they were fresh!)...

Anonymous said...

this place just makes me feel good to eat at. I frequently end up in a conversation with someone sitting in the restaurant or one of the waiters. They are always pretty fast and they just make you feel good eating there. The breakfasts are homestyle, simple but good. Try it alone or with an open minded friend.