If you’ve been following this blog you may have caught on that I’m slightly planning impaired. Plan A seldom works out and when I have prepared a Plan B it, too, fails invariably. So, my new plan (which I have actually used once or twice with great success) is I have a secret Plan B! I call it my Restaurant Acquisition Experiment or RAE. It’s great! I just bring my RAE with me when it’s my turn to pick a place to eat breakfast and when Plan A goes down the tubes RAE turns on automatically with suggestions and comments and observations! I almost called my RAE, Kilian, at one point! What an amazing coincidence!
So, when this week’s plan went awry (give me one good reason why diners close on Mondays!) RAE slowly cranked up (it’s an older model) and suggested a place that Ray and I had visited before we began this blog, Percy’s, 140 Newport Ave, East Providence. Nice, nice, nice! Percy’s is a wonderfully restored diner. It’s bright and clean and shiny and it’s cool just being there. But we came for the food! I reverted back to Eggs Benedict. Mine came with homemade hash on English muffins. The meal came with options for sides, a really nice touch and, I believe, unique in our experience. I chose homefries and applesauce. I always dig into the homefries first. Aaaaaaaaaah! They looked amazing, were cooked very, very well but needed seasoning! Oh, what a disappointment! Salt and pepper saved the homefries but it’s always a huge plus when everything comes together from the griddle first. However, the Benedict and hash were totally amazing! Percy’s does hash very, very well! The sauce and egg yoke and hash was a taste explosion! And there was so much there…a very generous meal. I would most definitely recommend this. The menu, however, it’s so extensive you may want to try many, many other things first.
I didn’t forget about the coffee. It was, for me, just ok. I like my coffee hot. This wasn’t. Neither was the refill which I didn’t finish. And the flavor was just meh. I blame Ray. (This Ray, too, is an older model.) I have recently started cold brewing coffee at home, inspired by Ray, and, like him, have become something of snob. Nothing compares too cold brew!
Anyway. Coffee 6, homefries 6.5, Benedict 9. I give Percy’s a 7.2. Yes, I rounded up.
Mike and I had been to Percy’s Place once before, and I have been back a few times with my wife, but we had not reviewed it for the blog. They are famous for their homemade corned beef hash and I have had it several times in the past, but this time I wanted to try something different. Percy’s is not a chain but has 8 locations in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Their extensive breakfast menu is augmented by a seasonal separate menu, where I chose my breakfast, a Green Mountain Omelet with cooked Granny Smith apples, pork sausage, and Vermont Sharp cheddar. It included two sides, and I had the usual home fries and a grilled English muffin. Coffee came first and in a really nice large diner style cup. After all Percy’s is a diner, complete with counter seats, and even a small “store” to buy local trinkets. The tables also come with an original Seeburg Wallbox Wall-O-Matic Jukebox selector. For those of you under 60, ( who under 60 reads this blog anyway?) this is a device where you flip through several “pages”, find a song you like, put in a quarter, and press a number and letter combination to play the song. Yea I know you millenniums just download and play on your iPhone! This is nostalgia people!!!! Ok back to the food. Coffee was good. Not hot enough for Mike, but I liked it. The omelet was advertised as a three egg omelet, but those eggs must have been really small. Now to the flavor, that was very good. I liked the sweet taste of the apples which were pre-cooked and only small chunks. That really blended nicely with the sausage and cheese, which was very mild for Vermont Sharp. Home fries were very tasty, small, even pieces which were lightly seasoned and with a little salt perked the flavor up nicely. I can’t resist….Mike’s first choice was closed on Monday’s. He had no plan B, and had an appointment this morning, so even though I didn’t pay for breakfast, I was his plan B with Percy’s. Coffee, 6.5; home fries, 7.5; meal etc 7. Overall 7.