Wow! Homerun! (After all, it is baseball season) Today, Ray and I ended up at Our Place II, 277 Bullocks Pt. Ave., Riverside. I’m glad we did! Initially, it appeared we wouldn’t be eating anywhere. My plan A was closed (even though their web site said they were open) and I had no plan B! Not to worry though as, if you remember from reading our blog, I have a Restaurant Acquisition Experiment (RAE…pronounced, “Ray”) to help locate a secondary location at which to eat. But my RAE is old and cranky and sputtered and whined so much that I had to unveil my super-secret Fabulous Restaurant Intuition (FBI) guide and within moments of finding the Riverside Diner closed my FBI found Our Place II. What a great find! So much to like! Quick welcome! A daily special board! Nice booth! Fun waitresses with hearts on springs worn on their heads! Nice! I was hooked! So, when we were offered biscotti flavored coffee I said, “Sure”! Have you ever tried biscotti coffee? Don’t! When one of the hearts-on-heads waitresses came to refill our cups I asked for a fresh cup of their regular coffee, and, aaaaaaah! Really, really good coffee. Nice! I ordered my unusual. Sausage patties or links? Always good to have an option…patties, of course. Nice ones, too. The homefries were AMAZING!!! These homefries easily made my top three of all time and Ray and I have over a hundred breakfast places under our belts. I even had to rethink my poor opinion about deep fried homefries. I’ve always felt that any potato deep fried was a french fry. Until now! The crisp was perfect! The seasoning was perfect! The potatoes were cooked, perfect(ly)! Wow! How did they do that! Never, never, never would I have believed that deep fried homefries could be this amazing! Nice, nice, nice! Eggs are eggs. And through all this were two fun and attentive waitresses with whom you could trade jokes and have fun. One even liked my breakfast boys socks! Ray was jealous. So, coffee (the regular kind…let’s just forget about the biscotti), 7.5, meal, 8.5 and, drum roll please, homefries 10! An 8.8 overall! My FBI was spot on!
“But I looked and it was OPEN!!” Those were Mike exact words as we walked up to the door of his breakfast choice this morning. Of course the sign said “Under new management-Closed”, so I asked “Ok what’s your backup plan” The silence was deafening. Mike wound up pulling this one out of his butt, a great option, Our Place II. This is in a small strip mall right near Crescent Park. Last year we visited the original Our Place on North Broadway in East Providence and were quite pleased. This morning, we actually had two waitresses, but after Mike “dissed” their specialty coffee, we were down to one. Let’s be fair though, he has chased away waitresses in several places in the past, not just here. OK, lets start with coffee. I have to say that my coffee ( the regular coffee not flavored ) was great. I had three cups and hardly ever do that. My breakfast was a chourico omelet, no cheese with home fries. The omelet was very good, well filled and nicely prepared. The home fries were AMAZING! Neither of us could stop talking about them. As you can see from the pictures, these home fries were a nice size and at first look, were equally browned on all sides. As we found out the reason was they were well seasoned and deep fried. If you are a follower of this blog you know that Mike and I never like deep fried home fries but these were fantastic. Light and crispy on the outside with a delightful crunch. The red bliss potatoes were perfectly done inside. I would have to say that these are far and away the best home fries I have had since we have been doing this. Coffee, 8; home fries 9.9 ( can’t give a 10 because there might be one place we have not visited that is better) Meal, 9; Overall 9.5. It’s early in the year but this is going to be hard to top Our Place II.