It took about 30 minutes to get to Mansfield today and it was time well spent. Nice drive, great conversation and a nice new find for us; Cafe on the Common at 12 South Main St. What a nice place! Bright and clean with lots of seating at the counter, in booths or at tables. Downeast coffee (it’s everywhere!) done right. Fresh ground and hot gives any coffee it’s best flavor and we’ve come to enjoy the Downeast brand. Nice! And frequent refills…this was a three-cup morning! Great menu options made it hard to choose but I went with the Popeye Benedict. Three eggs, tomato and, you guessed it, spinach on English muffins with hollandaise sauce. Actually had a chose of a cheese sauce instead of the hollandaise. Glad I went with the hollandaise. It was terrific! And so was the bennie. The veggies were fresh and the muffins toasted just right. I cannot say enough about fresh veggies. We’ve had some bad experiences with places that use veggies from frozen. Blech! This Bennie was SO GOOD! And the eggs were poached perfectly! Nice! The homefries were deep fried and you know how we feel about deep fried taters. Well, these were pretty good. Nice seasoning and crispy outside and nicely cooked in. Our only complaint was that they weren’t hot enough, like they’d been sitting on the plate, or in a warmer while the rest of the breakfast was being assembled. Still, pretty good for being deep fried. This breakfast was so good I wish Ray had taken “after” pictures of our meals…there was nothing left and Ray always leaves something! So, I’m giving the coffee an 8.5 and the homefries a 7.5 (which would have been higher if they had been served hot) and the meal a 9. An 8.2 is a place you have to visit, definitely.
Expanding our breakfast places brought us north to Mansfield. We had very good luck with our first Mansfield stop, Hangar 12, and looked forward to another good breakfast. Cafe on the Common, opposite the Mansfield Common, has a really neat and comfortable setting with lots of seating and a very expansive menu for both breakfast and lunch. Coffee came promptly and we continued on our streak of Downeast coffees. I could see that they ground their own beans and thus the coffee was great. One of today’s specials was a Portuguese frittata with linguica, green peppers and onions topped with cheddar cheese. Had to try this one. I loved the fact that the onions and peppers had been grilled and none were crunchy. The linguica was cut in small bite-sized pieces. Now I am no expert on a frittata, but this one looked more like an open faced omelet. The frittata that I make has the ingredients combined and is baked. It was really good and I left not a morsel on the plate. The home fries were deep fried. I am usually not a fan but these were very good and well-seasoned. My only complaint was that they were warm not hot. Overall a very good breakfast. Coffee, 7, home fries, 7, meal, 7; overall ( you guessed it ) 7.