Ray put my 38mpg Echo to the test today as he navigated us on a tour around and about the upper East Bay region of Rhode Island. I asked, “Can you get us to Hope St. in Bristol?” “Of course!” he said, and it only took us several hours to end up at 22 Gooding Ave in Bristol. Destiny’s Hometown Diner is in a large strip mall type of setting. Inside it’s bright enough and roomy and clean but it doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. It’s decor seems to mimic a classic diner, like Al Mac’s or the Modern Diner but it’s interior is laid out oddly with a whole section to the left of the island cooking area that seems isolated and under used. Still, it’s about the food, so…Coffee! Promptly served and often refilled the coffee was definitely better than average but not a threat to break into the top ten this year. I went with a red pepper, spinach and feta cheese omelet. It was pretty good! The veggies were good and I always love feta so this would be something I would get again. And the omelet was prepared in a unique way. The veggies we’re put on the grill first, the eggs poured on top and the cheese put in the middle when the omelet was folded. Don’t think it made any difference in the taste but it was interesting. I liked the homefries as well. They were mainly on the small side but I liked the seasoning and crispiness. Like the coffee, I felt they were better than average but not in the top ten. A side note: Ray got a side of “Portuguese Fries”. Exactly what I was thinking. I had one. If you want your taste buds burned off in the morning, try these. Or, if you’re like Ray, take some home and then text the sane one in this duo updates as to your water intake throughout the day. Moral of the story: Don’t get the Portuguese Fries! My people should stick with cacoila! So, coffee 7, the omelet 7 and the homefries a 7.5 for a 7.2
The look on Ray’s face when he popped to many fries into his mouth was easily a 15.
Mike has a habit of falling into some really good restaurants when his first choice goes down. Today, not so much. Two creaky old guys traveled the road to Bristol, passing a number of breakfast places we have been to in the past. Some really good and others not so. Our first try was not really a full breakfast place, more of a bagels and light breakfast, so we headed back thru Bristol toward a place recommended by one of our friends from church. The name seemed to mean something special was in store, Destiny. There were a good number of customers seated and a steady stream came in for sit down or take out. At first blush, the coffee was pretty good, and our waitress, the only one, was ready with the refills. I looked at the specials menu and was tempted to try the quinoa and spinach hash omelet, but I chickened out and went for a standard, the linguica omelet. My mistake. Mike saw on the specials menu, Portuguese fries, and I thought I would try them instead of the home fries. To her credit, the waitress did warn me that they were spicy, actually she said “quite spicy”, but I figured, why not. I struck out twice with the meal. The omelet was very dry. Not just the eggs but the linguica hash even with provolone. A little too long on the flat top. Now for the Portuguese fries. She was right. I tried one, and enjoyed the initial spice, but then it hit. I asked for water. I’m brave and have had spicy foods all my life, so after a few bites of the omelet, I jumped in and had a small clump of the fries….whoooo. More water, omelet, water, water….repeat. The waitress asked if I wanted to take the fries home, and for some stupid reason I said yes. I think they burned a hole in the container. Twelve hours later, I still have the aftertaste. Coffee, 6; Meal 3; overall 4.5.