Everybody’s Favorite Family Restaurant, Cumberland RI

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mike   Just because I decided to broaden Ray’s world a little and take him out of his comfort zone, all the way to Cumberland, he wanted to know how many “Seekonks” we were going to travel! Geez! Ray needs to get out more often! We went to Everybody’s Favorite Family Restaurant, 1370 Mendon Rd., Cumberland. What a great place! Nice comfortable dining area, counter seating, that atmosphere that feels you “belong” even if it’s your first time there. Nice! First impressions are always important…the coffee was excellent! My usual was outstanding as well. To be honest, the homefries rivaled those by which I judge all homefries, the ones from the the Cup and Saucer. I never thought it possible but, in my humble opinion, a new standard has been established. I would go to Everybody’s Favorite just for the homefries. I cannot give higher praise. 3 1/2 cups from me.

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ray  Mike took me about 3 Seekonks north this morning to Everybody’s Favorite Family Restaurant.. Very quaint restaurant, with a neighborhood feel to it. Many people were coming in after we sat down, and there were lots of “hi’s” in recognition of people well known to the staff. There were a few items on the Specials menu including banana pancakes. The coffee was excellent and you could tell it was fresh. Nice and steamy. My choice was the House Omelet. It was basically a Western omelet with ham, green peppers, mushrooms, and cheese. No choice on the cheese, but American always works well. The omelet was nice an fluffy, and all of the ingredients were well prepared. I would have liked the mushrooms to have been fresh not canned, but they were fine. Mike and I always try the home fries first, and were both tasting a really nice flavor. It took us both a minute or two to realize that they were done with lots of butter. As I ate, both the omelet and the home fries, I got a little tired of that heavy buttery flavor which seemed to be “glistening” on the eggs. Everybody’s Favorite Family Restaurant is a nice breakfast place and I think I would like to try something different the next time I stop in. 3 cups of coffee.

 

 

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Off Broadway Diner, Taunton

ray Mike and I went to the Off Broadway Diner, 19 Broadway Taunton this morning. My daughters have treated me to lunch here twice and I had heard the it was a great breakfast place. My choice was from their very large daily special menu, a Tomato, basil and cheese omelet. I chose ham my choice of meat. The coffee was good and I was looking for refills, which were not offered until both of us had completed our meals. That was disappointing since there were only a few customers. The omelet itself was fluffy and nicely filled with cheese and fresh tomato. The basil in the omelet was dry from a bottle. I was really looking forward to some fresh chopped basil which really would have made this and any omelet really special. Alas it was good, not special. The home fries were unique in that they were deep fried. We had been to T’s in Cranston any they had served deep fried home fries, but those were small bits of potato and over done. Off Broadway Diner started with traditional size potatoes cut irregularly and did a really nice job with the preparation, not over done and with a nice amount of salt and spice. I liked their breakfast special menu and would like to come back and try something different. I give the Off Broadway Diner , 3 cups of coffee.

 

mike  I know Ray is a former teacher but I didn’t know he was a coach as well. This morning when I hobbled to his car he wanted to know what was the matter.

“Small compound fracture,” I said.

I showed him the bone.

So, when we arrived in Taunton, Ray parked halfway ’round the “Circle of Death” and said, “Walk it off.”

I forgot to apologize for bleeding on his car seat.

I, too, have been to the Off Broadway Diner. I have always liked it but have never been “wowed” by it. It is good. If you want good food at a good price this is a great place to go. Like Ray I was disappointed that coffee refills weren’t offered until we were ready to leave. It was good coffee. And the homefries were good, deep fried like Ray mentioned, but had too much salt for my taste. Eggs and sausage were fine, too. Again, what you would expect. I like the restaurant itself and its location. It’s located right off the green so you can watch traffic go by and see people as they walk around that little oasis in the middle of all that chaos. The green is cool. Years ago there were two mobile diners, open all night, parked at the green. I’ve seen pictures from the 20’s and 30’s. Ray remembers them. Anyway. I will go back again at some point. I’m with Ray…3 cups.

 

The Breakfast Place, Attleboro, MA

 

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mike  Before Ray and I began this blog earlier this year we had been enjoying breakfast together, weekly, for more than a year. During this time we have never visited the same restaurant twice. Until today. Today we revisited The Breakfast Place, 187 Pleasant St. (rt 123) Attleboro. Go, go, go. TBP has an ever changing specials menu, along with the usual traditional breakfast fare, which purposely incorporates as much local produce as possible. This translates into fresh and amazing and unique breakfast selections. Ray covers the coffee…locally roasted Razzo coffee is amazingly flavorful and smooth. Get some. (A side note: After so many breakfasts I highly recommend, if you are able, to eat breakfast around 8:30. Ray and I find ourselves having missed the early crowd and enjoy quick service and food prepared quickly as well.) My special was a meatless hash with quinoa and spinach with a side of homefries. Honestly, I was disappointed. While the hash may have been a healthier choice than one with meat the potatoes in the hash combined with the homefries (more potatoes) was overwhelmingly potatoey (is that a word?) Almost without a distinctive flavor…other than potato. So, why did I encourage you to “Go, go, go” earlier?  Because I have been here a half dozen times and this is the first time I have experienced an average meal. And this includes tasting everyone else’s meals. (Ray’s meal rocked!) So go. Go to try the seemingly odd combinations. For example, Ray once had pancakes with chunks of biscotti cooked in. Amazing! I once tried a sausage which incorporated turnip (if I remember correctly) and I loved it. Go for the philosophical quote of the week. Go for the coffee! If you are two older gentlemen go because the young woman who waited on us called us boys! TBP is handicapped accessible…forgot to check on the wi-fi. TBP can also be pricey. The specials averaged $14. I recommend checking out groupon as there are coupons from time-to-time. 3 cups

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ray The Breakfast Place is one of my favorite local restaurants to come for breakfast or brunch. It is small, and the wait staff is always friendly. They serve fresh food, locally grown and always have a great list of daily specials. The Specials Board is what attracted both Mike and I and there were two items that stood out. He gave me first choice and I had the Stuffed French Toast, with cream cheese, blackberries and mint. WOW! A flavor explosion with all of the different ingredients coming together, non overpowering the other but really complimenting each other. I drizzled a little syrup on the first bit, but didn’t need to add any more. Even the dollop of whipped cream on the side was nice, but not really necessary. The mint and blackberries were fresh, and with different textures adding to the fluffy French Toast. As for the coffee, it is from a local ( Rehoboth ) company, Razzo, and was great. Over the last few months I have become somewhat of a coffee snob. I am addicted to my own cold brewed coffee, and rarely ever have anything else, but this one was really good. I even had refills. Mike may have a different perspective based on his meal, but I will give The Breakfast Place 3 ½ cups, and will keep coming back.