( For the first time ever, I asked Mike to take a picture of his own meal, and he somehow deleted the picture of my breakfast!!) Here are the smashed potatoes.)
Last week my three daughters took me to lunch for my birthday and gave me a gift certificate to The Farmer’s Daughter, 122 Main St., Easton, MA. So, this morning I took Mike way out of our usual breakfast radius and headed off to the wilds of Easton. I had heard some great things about the restaurant and when we arrived the place was packed. We actually had to wait outside for about 25 minutes. Seating was at the bar which was actually a great place to watch the comings and goings of the staff, plus the TV was on ESPN, and we could watch them make fresh squeezed OJ. Coffee was served in these great cups that were quite large and with a nice feel to them. The coffee was good. Our waitress told us that it was an organically grown Guatemalan coffee roasted by a Wareham company. I could taste some chocolate “notes” in the coffee, with no aftertaste. After looking over their very unique menu I chose the “Huevos Rancheros” which included sliced beef, mole, plantains, seasonal salsa, black beans, and sunny side farm eggs. I will usually opt for an omelet but was looking for a little spicy breakfast. Unfortunately I was disappointed. I asked for the eggs to be over easy and one was cooked hard. There was a red sprinkling over the top of the eggs, which I thought was a spice, however it really was nothing that I could taste. The plantains were really great and probably the best part of the breakfast. I ordered a side of “smashed potatoes” that Mike and I could share, and they were nicely cooked red bliss potatoes which had been grilled and pressed. The potatoes were tasty once some salt and pepper was added, which is often the case with any home fries we have had. I like some toast with my breakfast, more to move the meal around so I can pick it up with my fork, but The Farmer’s Daughter only serves specialty toast that was a side order. Overall it was a hearty breakfast that I completely finished, and it definitely lasted me through until dinner. I have to say thanks to my girls for the gift certificate, because without it, the bill, with tip, would have cost more than $50. A little high for me. Sorry Jennifer, Megan, and Sarah, for this not so great review on your gift to Dad. I’ll have to take you guys out for lunch soon. Coffee, 7; home fries, 5; meal, 5. Overall rating, 6.5
Ray was at it again. Got a text last night to bring snacks for a road trip of epic proportion of at least 5 Seekonks away. Yikes! He even offered to pick me up at my place to save time! And when we finally arrived at The Farmer’s Daughter in Easton (I know, right! Like where is that?) we saw people waiting outside, in the rain! “Oh yeah,” Ray said, “My daughters said there might be a wait.” Half an hour, bucko! Nice place. More upscale than we’re used to. Very well staffed with a polite, attentive and knowledgeable service crew that was greatly appreciated. Despite the wait, once seated we were offered coffee quickly and ordered our meals soon after. The wait for the food was a bit long but not unreasonable especially with our usual easy conversation to pass the time. The coffee was pretty good and I enjoyed sipping it and trying to guess its flavors. We both tasted chocolate. I like it though it was a bit mild for my taste. Breakfast for me was the chicken and waffle Benedict. I quote the menu: chive, cheddar and corn waffle, bacon jam, buttermilk brined crispy chicken, local maple, poached farm eggs, chive hollandaise. A taste sensation, correct! Well, honestly, not so much. The flavors in the waffle just didn’t come through and the hollandaise was very mild. I enjoy the tang of lemon or even sometimes cooks add mustard which lends a sharper flavor in a hollandaise. Best is when there’s a bit of fire in it like a dash of hot sauce. This sauce was pretty much neutral. The chicken was crispy but not juicy inside. (Sigh) The best part, and the most tasty, was the bacon jam. Now that was really, really nice. It saved this meal for me. Think about it…a sweet baconey (is that a word?) sauce! What’s not to love? Overall, despite the nicely appointed restaurant, the wonderful staff and the absolutely beautiful presentation (did you see the pictures?) It always, must, come down to taste. We remarked that, overall, we missed flavor in our meal. We’ve been to an awful lot of places and have become a bit jaded about what we like and don’t like. We like a meal that is cooked well and tasty. So, I liked the coffee a bit more than Ray, I’ll give it a 7.5 and I’ll give the smashed potatoes (homefries) with added salt and pepper the same, 7.5. The Benedict, though, was just a 6 for me. A seven overall.