They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So I decided to change up my routine with a stop by a new breakfast spot in Washington Mills. Debbie's Cafe is now open, and they're serving up so much more than just breakfast. Nestled in a little plaza on Oneida St next to Cheveux Salon, Debbie's Cafe has filled the space that was most recently Steak & Pickle. You may remember Papa Joe's and O'Scugnizzo also operated there.

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That's not the only thing that's familiar when you walk in. I was immediately greeted by new owner Debbie Doughtery, whom I couldn't quite place. She explained she just opened last week but has been working in the restaurant industry for years. Then I remembered her - she used to work at one of our all-time favorite Utica area breakfast spots - the Hartford Queen Diner on Commercial Drive.

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Debbie's Cafe is a great addition to the neighborhood - a very comfortable dining room and an outstanding breakfast menu, including the signature local favorite Giambotte. But I was in a hurry and got my order to go - a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a kaiser roll with home fries. It was served piping hot and cooked to perfection in no time at all. They also have a full lunch menu with soups, salads and sandwiches, along with home baked pies and cakes.

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You may remember this spot also has an upstairs room. Debbie's Cafe is only open for breakfast and lunch, but they have some exciting plans to make the space available for catering anytime. It's an ideal place for a special activity or party. Just imagine - perfect for princess birthday parties (or Minecraft-themed birthday parties for that matter) or any small gathering you might have in mind. Debbie will even work with you to create a special menu of your requests.

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It's already received rave reviews on the Utica Area Restaurant Review page on Facebook. And now I know why. I'll definitely be back for more soon. You can find the menu and more pictures on Debbie's Cafe Facebook page.

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