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Scrambled Cafe Serves More Than Eggs in Buffalo Grove

A new restaurant in Buffalo Grove emphasizes breakfast, but also serves lunch and dinner.

Fresh, great-tasting food and strong customer service are the priorities of Nancy and George Diamandopolous, the owners of Buffalo Grove’s new Scrambled Cafe.

Named for its emphasis on breakfast foods — the menu boasts of “awesome omelettes,” “egg specialties” and “eggceptional skillets,” among other morning fare — Scrambled Cafe also serves a variety of salads, sandwiches, paninis and burgers.

Breakfast is served all day, and Scrambled Cafe’s homemade soups are ready for lunch by 10:30 a.m., Nancy Diamandopoulos said.

Less than six weeks after its Oct. 31 opening at 131 W. Dundee Road, the restaurant, which originally served breakfast and lunch, extended its hours and now is open for dinner.

The owners said they’ve already seen repeat customers, ranging from casual diners to groups of Mahjong players. It’s easy for them to notice such things, as they both take a hands-on approach to the business. Nancy greets customers and helps wait tables, while George is often apron-clad, lending a hand in the kitchen, in between visits to the seating area.

“I see people in their cars. I wait for them at the door to greet the people,” he said. 

“When people walk in the door, you have to acknowledge them,” Nancy added. “When they leave, you have to acknowledge them. It’s important.”

“You try to stay on top,” George said. “That’s my goal with my wife, to accommodate our customers and stay in the community.”

They’ve also noticed the sincerity of their customers and of their business neighbors in the Country Court shopping center.

“Honestly, the people here are just amazing. Really friendly, everyone wishes you the best. They really want us to succeed, which is really nice,” Nancy said.

Among the owners’ wishes is that no customer leaves hungry. “Our omelettes are very big,” Nancy said. “Our skillets are very tasty. We’re very big on huge portions. It’s OK if you can’t finish it. You can take it home. We just want people to be satisfied.”

Food is prepared fresh at Scrambled Cafe, where fruit is served naturally ("there's not a glaze on anything," Nancy said) and batter for crepes — one of Nancy's favorite dishes — is homemade. 

Scrambled Cafe, which was previously home to the Versailles restaurant, has a new inside appearance. Its owners have replaced everything from the floor to the kitchen equipment. Finishing touches, such as booths along the walls and some décor, are in the works.

The Diamandopouloses are no strangers to the restaurant arena — they were part owners of Maxfield's in Schaumburg and Oak Brook Terrace for 10 years — but this is their first independent venture. Though they are new to Buffalo Grove’s business environment, they are familiar with the village, where they lived for eight years prior to moving to Addison. 

But despite their suburban backgrounds, the two have found ways to incorporate their Greek heritage into their restaurant. Scrambled Cafe’s dishes include an Athenian skillet (spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and Feta cheese), Greek salad and a Greek panini. 

Scrambled Cafe is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offers a 10 percent discount to seniors every day.

The restaurant’s website is under construction, but information is available on its Facebook fan page.

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Barbara Forman March 01, 2013 at 02:06 AM
We drove past there this evening upon a recommend from your neighbor restaurant. Now if that isn't a compliment that something is right what is? We ( my hubby and myself) always welcome new eateries to Buffalo Grove ad a small business opportunity. I hope you serve some good French Toast as well as homemade Blintzes or Crepes. We will be by there Saturday and hope we can give you a big thumbs up. Looking forward to our experience and good luck to you in the future!
Al Sprehe March 29, 2013 at 08:16 PM
I must agree. Scrambled Cafe has terrific customer service, a wonderful, comfortable atmosphere and pretty good prices. The food is very good, the breakfast and lunch entries are vast and flavorful, and Greta is awesome! And yes, the "Cool Guy" wrote this review! ;-)
sharon April 27, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Have loved this casual cafe from our first visit. Friendly and knowlegable staff. We make a point of having lunch at Scramble at least once a week. I must mention they are not open for dinner and have changed their hours to 7am-3pm.
Donna M. May 21, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Unfortunately, Scrambled Cafe has closed it's doors permanently.
Cristel Mohrman May 29, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Oh no! Anyone know what happened?

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