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Edison Automat Masters Café Favorites

The eatery offers charming breakfasts, tasty sandwiches and generous salads.

The Sloppy Josephine sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries at Edison Automat.
The Sloppy Josephine sandwich at Edison Automat. Photo courtesy of Deborah P. Carter

STYLE

A cookie-cutter exterior gives way to a streamlined interior that is hip and comfortingly familiar: wood floors, beadboard wainscot, retro lighting and chalkboards that display the elevated café menus.

THE SCOOP

Enamored with Thomas Edison’s automat idea—fresh, affordable food via self-serve compartments—owner Matthew Pulomena named his restaurant for the inventor and the town, but gave up implementing the serving style once the café began bustling.

THE MENU

Sandwiches like the Drunken Parm (meatballs with vodka sauce and mozzarella on a hero) or green apples and ham (Black Forest ham, Muenster, apple and arugula topped with Dijon mustard and fig jam) pique the palate. For a classic, consider the Sloppy Josephine (turkey, house-made roast beef, slaw, Swiss cheese and Russian on marbled rye; above) or a burger like the Wagyu bacon portobello (mushrooms, caramelized onions, bacon and cheddar). Salads are generous and crunchy fresh. Breakfast charms with diverse egg sandwiches, a tofu scramble, quinoa bowl, and standards like omelettes and pancakes. 

Heads Up

There’s plenty of parking and an outdoor seating area. BYO.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    Breakfast - Café - Lunch - Salads - Sandwiches
  • Price Range:
    Moderate