When I was young and had game, I used to play ball on Columbia Place. It was a nice run where I tested my skills against the Puerto Rican and Middleastern kids from the other side of the BQE. The court became a victim of mindless 90's gentrification - it was torn up and replaced by a dog run and herb garden. Now, a decade and a half later even more has changed - I've become one of those type who gets all excited about trying out a new cafe - this one just 50 feet from where I used to float my patented finger rolls.
For better or worse, I've moved on and my eating habits pose little risk to my new game: golf. And what habits they are. I am far from a grits lover but Puffin's cheese grits with soft boiled eggs and thinly sliced ham were revelatory. I may have to try grits more often now. Ditto the homemade cinnamon sticky bun. This will bring me back time and again. It also didn't hurt that they served Stumptown coffee.
It's a pretty chill place. Small, open kitchen in the back, brick walls, tin ceiling, focused menu. You order and then grab the food when it's ready and bus your own table when you're done. Free wifi during the week is turned off on the weekend due to crowding.
This place is a keeper. A true neighborhood spot, because if you don't live close to Columbia Place, you may not want to make the trek from the subway, which is pretty far. Check out the map link to see what I mean. NOTE: See the September 2010 update post here.
20 Columbia Place