Tigger’s Two, Pawtucket, RI

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Today we journeyed back to Pawtucket to check out Tigger’s Two at the corner of 429 Benefit St. and Newport Ave. There’s limited street parking on Benefit St. and a small lot across Benefit behind an auto repair shop. Nice, clean, bright breakfast and lunch stop that we enjoyed very much. After last week’s epic Cranston debacle I humbly returned to my tried and true usual breakfast: Eggs over easy, sausage, home fries. No toast. Ray did his Ray omelet thing. Coffee. Very good. Great start to our visit there. And I must note the most welcome, yet unobtrusive, attention to our coffee habit. We noticed that whichever of the two waitresses passed our table they took a quick glance to see if our cups were getting empty. We had two refills and were offered a third. Nicely done. The home fries were very good, spiced well with an amazing crust. We each felt that these weren’t out of a bag. Maybe, boiled a bit too much before cooking as they lost their shape on the grill but that’s a minor complaint against how much we liked the taste and texture. However, the sausage was bland. Well cooked and all but I prefer something a bit more spicy. A personal preference sort of thing. Someone else would probably like it. One other thing of note: Prices are very reasonable. I actually got a special…3 eggs, 3 large sausage links and a generous portion of home fries: $5.50. Outstanding value for the quality of our meal. Lastly, our waitress was very personable, prompt and helpful when we had questions. (Ray we have to start remembering to remember their names!) I give Tigger’s Two 3 1/2 cups of coffee!

 

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I agree with most of what Mike has to say. Not sure how good this blog would be if we both agreed on everything. My western omelet was somewhat disappointing. In western omelets I’ve always had diced pieces of ham along with the peppers and onions. Tigger’s served theirs with ground ham inside, and sprinkled over the top. The ground ham left lots to be desired as far as flavor goe. One good thing about the omelet was that they used both green and red peppers. The home fries, as Mike said, were well seasoned but I did not like the texture. Too mushy almost like mashed potatoes. I like my home fries to be individual pieces, these were more clumped together. Also, I was not overwhelmed by the toast. I don’t usually eat all of the toast but I like to have it to move the eggs onto my fork, and get a nice little extra from a bite of toast with egg, yum. This toast had little or no butter, and was almost burnt. Sounds like I hatted this place, but I really didn’t. I would definitely return. One other thing that Mike and I look for is a “Specials” menu, which Tiggers Two had and in fact they had it located in two places. I agree with Mike that the service was top shelf, and we will remember to get and retain than name of the waitress. I give Tigger Two, 3 coffee cups.

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T’s, Cranston, RI

This week Mike and I went on a “roadie” to Cranston, RI. This restaurant, T’s, 1059 Park Ave.., was recommended by a friend and has two other locations, Narragansett RI and East Greenwich RI. Nut being the world traveler that I am, this was Mike’s first trip down Park Ave. in Cranston and he was quite amazed at the sights they have in this part of our universe.

T’s is a full service restaurant, and I would describe it as “bistro-like”. There were several rooms, with 8-10 tables in each, and much of the restaurant has some really nice watercolors displayed on the walls. Every one of our reviews rates the coffee and the home fries, since that is what we both will order. The coffee, we agreed, was good, not great, with plenty of refills. Home fries were different. The describe them in the menu as being deep fried. As you can see from the picture, they were uniformly brown and were light, but had no flavor. Mike even pointed out that because they had a firm crust, salt and pepper just bounced off.

IMG_0538Drum roll please …..Mike did not have his usual, eggs over easy, home fries, sausage, with no toast breakfast!!! He ordered oatmeal with blueberries, peaches and walnuts. Should have gone with your strength, Mike. He asked me to take a taste of his oatmeal, and it was barely warm. That is a big no-no. I had Texas French toast, one egg scrambled, with bacon and home fries. Can’t mess up a scrambled egg, and the bacon was good. Already described the home fries. The reason I chose this breakfast was it was very similar to one I had a Lauren’s in Warren a few weeks ago and I wanted to compare the two. The home fries at T’s were not even close to those at Lauren’s and the Texas Toast was blah. I like a good French Toast where I can taste both cinnamon as well as a little vanilla in the batter. I always try to have the French Toast without syrup to see if those two flavors come through. Didn’t happen at T’s.

It is a lovely restaurant, and maybe is better suited to the lunch or dinner crowd, but in my book, they fell down on breakfast. Ray rates T’s a 2 ½ cup of coffee.

So, this week Ray says we’re heading to Cranston. Cranston? CRANSTON? WTF! (Wow That’s Far!) I had a bad feeling about the place while still in the parking lot. There was a Mercedes, a BMW, a Lexus and so on. Hmmmm. Inside was like Ray described. Definitely not dinerish. I don’t know. Breakfast, to me, is not an “experience”. It’s pretty much a utilitarian type of the thing: Fuel for the day. Bonus points if it’s tasty. I went rogue and ordered home fries and oatmeal with blueberries, peaches and walnuts. It was barely warm. Tepid at best. It was plated well though. Looked pretty. And those weren’t home fries, either. Any potato deep fried is a French fry. I don’t care what shape it’s in. At least the coffee was good. I think Ray was generous. I give T’s 2 cups of coffee.

IMG_0539Here’s a question for you: My oatmeal was served to me after it had been sitting in the kitchen awhile as was no longer hot. Should I have sent it back? Ray believes I should have. He feels that notifying the restaurant will 1) get me the meal I deserve and 2) help the restaurant improve it’s service by letting them know about their deficiencies. On the other hand I feel that 1) this is their business and it should be right the first time and 2) since I’ve worked in the food service industry I know what might happen when food is sent back to the kitchen. I never send food back. I would rather write about it in a blog. What’s your opinion.

Kip’s, Pawtucket, RI

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Eggs over easy, home fries, sausage

Once again Ray and I traveled to Pawtucket for breakfast. One of the nice things about this breakfast romance is that, over our long lives, (and, again,  one of us has more, much more, life experience than the other,) we frequented different restaurants in different towns. You will definitely see a pattern emerge and will be able to tell who picked the restaurant we visited. This week we ate at Kip’s located at 826 Newport Ave. Kip’s has been at this location for over 50 years and has even been named an historical landmark by the city. So, is it worth going for breakfast? A resounding yes! And this despite the homefries being a bit of a disappointment. They were blah…not spiced at all and soft. Really just boiled potatoes. However, there was a generous portion and after some salt and pepper were not that bad after all. And the large portions didn’t stop there. The coffee was good and the refills never ended. We have never experienced such attention. Our cups were not allowed to be empty. And you know how you usually get three links of sausage or strips of bacon? And have you noticed that recently places have been skimping and providing just two? I was served four links of sausage. Four! And they were really, really tasty. Nicely spiced. Overall, a very nice experience in the type of restaurant you remember from your younger days. There is counter seating, newspapers lying around and city traffic to watch as the building is on a corner lot. Our waitress was quick and attentive (remember the coffee) and one of those you could tease and give it right back. So, despite the homefries, I will be as generous as their portions and give Kip’s 3 1/2 cups of coffee.

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Veggie omelet, home fries, wheat toast

As far as Kips goes, I’m going to back off from the “3 1/2 cup” rating that Mike gives it and award Kip’s a “3 cup of coffee” rating. I liked the veggie omelet, and especially liked the fact that they used red peppers instead of green, which is a very nice upgrade. I agree with Mike on the home fries and coffee, but was a little disappointed with the limited choices on the menu, and only one special, which is the same one every day. Lastly, the restroom was only slightly bigger than an airplane restroom, and although clean, was well hidden in the back of the restaurant. I wouldn’t rush back, but it was above average.

Roger’s Family Restaurant, Somerset

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Southwest omelet w. salsa

Roger’s family Restaurant 1229 Wilber Ave. Somerset, MA was our breakfast stop this morning. Actually this restaurant was recommended by a barber friend who lives in Somerset. This is a full service restaurant not your typical diner. We could see the bar, but it was a little too early for shots with our breakfast. Coffee was served in a very large cup, which reminded me of one that my dad would have with his tea, 4 teaspoonful’s of sugar and crushed Milk Toast crackers… The coffee was good, maybe a little on the bitter side, but that could have been a first taste. The breakfast menu was extensive but I settled on the southwest omelet which was described as having onions, peppers and pepper jack cheese, toast and home fries. The order came and Mike and I tasted the home fries. They had some flavor, but were nothing special, and by the look of the uniformly cut pieces, they were fresh from a bag of frozen home fries. The omelet came with a side dish of salsa, which was pretty good, with just enough heat. The omelet itself was bland. Onions and peppers were overdone and there was WAY too much cheese, which had no flavor, so I am assuming it wasn’t pepper jack. Toast was plain and from the grocery store. Service was ok, but I was a little disappointed with coffee refills, and a wait for the check. Mike and I also commented on the ambiance of the place ( see Mike I can use big words ). It was plain with not much to make the interior unique. As we were leaving I pointed out one other thing that most of our restaurant stops have, a “Specials for Today” menu. We both like to look at that, and it seems to give the restaurant a way to show that they can be a little different and distinctive. We agreed that Roger’s Family Restaurant gets rating of 2 cups of coffee.

I concur with Ray. This was a middle of the road breakfast stop. You know how when you have a really good meal or dining experience you want to tell others about it? This wasn’t one of those places. Though, Ray, is it ever really too early for shots?