On Wednesday Ray and I traveled back to Pawtucket to check out Heather’s Cornerstone Cafe at 573 Armistice Blvd. This was a tough one for us because we had to bring into consideration if we should critique our meal based on expectations of how we like things done as opposed to something being served or prepared in ways we are not accustomed. For example, the coffee was served in clear glassware. Being the hick that I am this was novel to me. Did it make the coffee taste different because it looked different? I don’t know but the coffee seemed to taste better as time went on. (I ended up really liking the coffee…it was a very smooth blend without any bitterness.) Also, the home fries were cooked well with a nice bit of crust but spiced with either a course ground or freshly ground black pepper that overpowered all other flavors. I’ve never had home fries spiced liked this. Maybe others enjoy this but both Ray and I had a pepper taste in our mouths that prevented us from fully enjoying our meals. Oddly, my sausages were without flavor at all. Large and well cooked but without any spices. Again, not what I’m used to. Not what I expect. The service, however, was top notch. Coffee was quickly topped off and our order taken and filled quickly. Heather’s is very bright and clean and looks quite new. It’s dining room is cozy and very welcoming. By the way, this Saturday would be an excellent time to try out Heather’s as they are having a fundraiser to benefit Aarian and the battle against autism with a breakfast for supper night. Reading other reviews I would agree the coffee is very good and though we didn’t try any but the regular blend comes in a popular variety of flavors. However, this wasn’t what I’m used too. I would give Heather’s 2 3/4 cups of coffee.
Breakfast at Heather’s for me, was a spinach pie omelet, with the obligatory home fries. Now my wife is part Greek and she introduced me to spinach pie. They make it with filo dough, spinach and feta cheese. I knew when I saw the spinach pie on the menu that it would not be true Greek spinach pie, since it had olives, pepperoni, and Provolone. The chef did a great job incorporating the spinach with the eggs instead of just layering fresh spinach within the omelet. The one thing that disappointed me was the olives. They used black olives which, to me have a tinny flavor. I would have really loved kalamata olives. Other than that the omelet was really very large and the eggs were well prepared.
Now for the two things Mike and I order in common. The coffee was very good, but, as Mike said, we were a little taken aback by the fact that it was served in a glass mug. The clear mug made the coffee look “thin” but it had a really good flavor. The big downer was the preparation of the home fries. There was so much pepper on them that after the meal was finished, I had to take one of the hard candies provided with the check, to get the taste from my mouth. I concur with Mike’s rating of 2 ¾ cups of coffee.
Oh, and by the way, don’t get there too early, Heather’s opens at 8 AM.