Review: The Echo

It’s no secret that Terry and I can usually be found at Tucker’s on Sunday mornings.  One day, when we had to go to breakfast  early– Tucker’s doesn’t open until 9 or so (I think!)– we pondered where to eat (home was not an option!).  I suggested The Echo,  which Terry, in his two years of living virtually around the corner, had never visited.

The Echo is an upscale greasy spoon.  It has similar food to Tucker’s, with a slightly– okay, very– different look and feel.  The Echo is all white and yellow and summery colors, filled with older people fresh from church, or people wearing big sunglasses, hung over from a party There are some in tennis whites (seriously!) and on their way to the courts, and don’t forget the families with multiple strollers and designer baby bags.  Such is life in the only breakfast place on the Square.

As pretentious as some of the clientele may be, the menu is completely unpretentious.  It’s your basic diner menu, complete with daily specials (their Amish fried chicken sounds great!), and a killer breakfast menu.

I selected Glier’s German Greats– no idea why I was in a German mood that day, but I was.  2 eggs, goetta, potato cakes, baked apples, and I chose raisin toast as my option.  The eggs, soft-scrambled, were appropriately cooked and the potato cakes, which were  silver-dollar size, with a fluffy, mashed-and-grated potato inside and crisp outside, were different than I expected– I expected a traditional potato pancake–but delicious.  I could have used more of the baked apples– mostly because I love baked fruit– but what I had was nicely cooked with cinnamon and sugar, and delicious.  The goetta was crisp (as it should be!), and I’m impressed they had raisin bread– a childhood favorite.


Terry got.. well, it wasn’t on the menu.  Two fried eggs, goetta, grits, and an English muffin.  Again, his goetta was crisp, and everything else was good– what you’d expect from a diner.  No real surprises there.


Echo also does lunch and dinner (I love their chicken salad)– all standard, classic diner-esque fare.  We’ll try it for dinner sometime soon– but the Echo is certainly an option for us for breakfast when we don’t go to Tucker’s (or want some variety).

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11 thoughts on “Review: The Echo”

    • Yup, goetta is a mix of pork, pinhead oats, and spices. It’s similar to scrapple, if you’re familiar with that. Every region (at least east of the Mississippi) seems to have a version of this sausage-like concoction.

      • Read up on it (thanks again Wikipedia!) and love that it’s another of those German dishes that was brought over and turned into local fare. I’ve heard of scrapple (never have – uh – had the opportunity to enjoy any) but I get the notion of meat that is cut with grain to stretch it out longer. Basically a sausage meatloaf with steel-cut oats as the filler.

        Of course, I love pork, and I love steel-cut oats, so I’m betting I’d be all over Goetta!
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  • Yes, my friends & I fall into the category of “over-sized sunglasses, hung over from a party.” We frequently drag our tired selves there after a night in Mt. Lookout and it never disappoints… except the line of people waiting in a vulture-like manner– you have to prey on nearly finished tables to get a spot. Our favs are the omelets.

  • I’ll have to try it for breakfast sometime. Randy, if you like sausage, then I definitely recommend trying goetta sometime. Went The Echo for dinner and wasn’t really impressed. Lots of better options for dinner in that area, in my opinion.

  • You know, I always liked the Echo – great hang-over b-fast. albeit a bit overpriced 😉

    and damn, do i LOVE goetta.

    too bad it’s only available in cinci. mmmm. extra crispy please!

  • Most importantly, I discovered recently (how could I have missed it?) that they serve liquor and make a nice Bloody Mary – a must with hangover and eggs.

  • I miss the old Echo, when it used to be regarded as an old person restaurant. When the doors closed at 7:45 pm – they meant it. Now it’s so pretentious. I don’t even consider the Echo anymore.

    My first choice for breakfast is Chili Time in St. Bernard on Vine St. Great place and very consistent. My neighborhood breakfast joints are too unreliable: both Proud Rooster & Olives. Olives – really, how many times does it take you do a correct sunny side up egg? 3, 4, maybe never. CHILI TIME every time.
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    • I think I ate there the first time ten years ago, and it was grandma-ville… and good. This time it was good, but not people I want to hang out with on a Sunday morning.

  • Pretentiousness at the Echo can sometimes be found in the clientele, I guess, but that’s the kind of thing that happens in Hyde Park. Even more scary than that, since word has gotten out, I’m already noticing snobs at Terry’s TurfClub.

  • To Erin- If you want to see the ‘old Echo,’ visit any time other than Sunday mornings…it is still mostly populated with people 60+ and regulars who come in every day. Chances are, if you can make it for breakfast during the week, you’ll receive better service and not have to wait in line at the door.
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