I love surprises! Everybody loves surprises! Today’s breakfast restaurant, Lina’s, at 833 County St., Somerset, was a very nice surprise. I should have known. Today I had it all together. I actually had a destination, a backup plan AND a backup for the backup! I even took the second most direct route to Somerset! (My internal GPS is suspect.) So, when we came to the backup plan first it was meant to be. Ray and I both noted that the exterior of Lina’s does not inspire one to take notice. Very un-restaurant like. But, wow! The inside is pretty neat. Counter seating overlooking the grill, different dining areas made out of rooms of what was once a home and a very clean, homey decor throughout. Surprise! And for the second week running we were hoping the food was equal to the extensive menu with all its delicious sounding, unique, breakfast combinations. It was! My breakfast was two eggs, homefries and gravy over sausage patties on an English muffin. It was actually enough food for two breakfasts. The homefries were very good. Cooked well and very nicely spiced. Eggs are eggs. I have a love for biscuits and gravy and when you throw in sausage patties, well, I was in heaven. It was so good! The only thing that should have been better was the coffee. Meh. It was just meh. Too bad because I felt the rest of our meal was worth the visit. I give the homefries an 8, the biscuits and gravy an 8 and the coffee a 5. Overall a 7. Oh, another surprise. I guess it’s no longer a secret if a waitress who has never met us before pointed out what some of you may already know…she said that Ray and I were like, and I paraphrase here, “An old married couple.”) There, it’s been said. Deal with it.
Mike made a really good choice this week, he found the place on the first try! On top of that, it was an excellent choice. Right on the main drag of Somerset, Rt. 138 and a stone’s throw from the High School is Lena’s. Now way back in the day I remember coming here for a great lunch, but I’m not sure if it is the same ownership. Breakfast was a real treat as was the breakfast menu, which was as large as JP Spoonem’s where we ate last week. Nice little set up with counter space, tables in different sections, rooms, and very homey atmosphere. Coffee came quickly as we read the extensive menu. Those of you that read this blog regularly know that I really love my coffee and am pretty picky about it. First sip was disappointing. There was a lot of bitterness. Mike pointed out that he noticed that this was the bottom of the carafe and might be better on the second cup. Not so. Coffee was below average for me. My breakfast choice was chourico hash omelet with cheddar cheese, with the obligatory home fries. The omelet was good, hash was excellent. How can that be? It was that the eggs were just a little dry, but the whole omelet was quite good. Now what was outstanding was the home fries. As both Mike and I have said in past entries, much of the credit for good home fries is how they are prepared. Precooked an appropriate time, cut evenly, and well seasoned. Well these were done exactly as they should be. I loved the seasoning, which at first taste had a linguica flavor. Now some home fries are grilled using the grease from the linguica, but you can tell that as you see if the potatoes have some greasy texture. These home fries were very well seasoned and I’d love to know what the chef uses. Coffee:4; home fries 9; meal 7. Overall 6.7… Work on the coffee and this will be a top 10 for me.