Have you heard about this new place called Serendipity? It’s located at the corner of 8th and Main, right where PRE Lounge was, if you ever went there. This tends to be a popular area for restaurants to die. I certainly hope that doesn’t happen to Serendipity.
I dined at Pre a few times when it was there, and my first impression when I walked in was that Serendipity looked a lot like Pre, but was also quite different. I couldn’t put my finger on what the difference was completely, but I think there was a big wall separating the bar area from the rest of the restaurant, and that wall isn’t there now. The place is clean, light and airy, and all the tables are covered with white paper and have a cup of crayons on them. I like that. Even when I go without kids, I sometimes feel the need to diagram a sentence and don’t always have paper.
Serendipity is only open for breakfast and lunch and is closed on Mondays, so please check the schedule before you go. It’s not open around the clock.
The breakfast menu has omelets, eggs, french toast, pancakes, and waffles and a variety of other standard breakfast fare items. Then there are a few interesting options that include Fruitylicious waffles (waffles with Fruity Pebbles) and Cruncholicious French Toast, which is made with Cap’n Crunch.
The lunch menu has appetizers like taco dip, chips and salsa, chicken strips, soups, and then salads, burgers and sandwiches. It’s not an expansive menu, but has plenty of options.
The kids’ menu has kid favorites such as PB&J, hot dogs, corn dogs, chicken tenders, and a variety of breakfast items.
I was there at lunch time, and as I’m not a huge breakfast eater anyway, went ahead and ordered a chicken & roasted red bell pepper sandwich with a side of seasoned red potatoes. It’s served on a Ciabata bun with spinach and pesto mayonnaise. The sandwich was pretty good. It was a little gooey, and the bun started to fall apart while I was eating. I like the combination of red pepper and pesto, but the chicken was nothing special. The seasoned potatoes could use some more seasoning, they were a bit boring.
My friend ordered a vegetarian omelet and reports it was delicious and another friend ordered the grilled cheese and enjoyed that. I would say that the food was fine, but it wasn’t extraordinary. There’s definitely room for improvement and I really hope they do improve and manage to stick around for a while. I think this place has a lot of potential and I definitely plan to go back again.
Keep an eye on their Facebook page for specials and information on their menu.
Location: 731 Main Street, Lafayette, Indiana (map it)
Kid Friendly: Yes.