We skipped a week but back at it this morning in North Providence. As usual Mike and I have the best conversations gong from opening day to church stuff. We really never are at a loss for words. Today’s breakfast was at Betty’s Restaurant, 1137 Charles St., North Providence. Nice place with plenty of parking which is a real plus. I tried one of the menu “specials”, “Jay’s Omelet”. This was a very good sized omelet, three eggs and plenty of ingredients, including tomatoes, sausage, mushrooms, and cheese. Of course the standard home fries, and I opted for a nicely grilled English muffin. I’ve started to enjoy an English rather than toast, and ate just about all of it. Our waitress brought us our coffee very promptly. My first taste of any coffee is not the true measure of how good it tastes, I really need at least a couple of sips. This was very good coffee. No after bite and a very pleasing flavor. Home fries were excellent, and plentiful. They had a great buttery flavor and some nice crisp to most of them. I like that little crunch along with a nice potato texture. As for the omelet, not so much. The eggs were actually dry. Not something I can say I find appealing. But the ingredients were not any better. The tomatoes were the typical hot house variety ( why would I expect anything else in March!!), the sausage was basic Jimmy Dean, and the mushrooms were out of a can. How difficult is it to slice a bunch of fresh mushrooms, stir fry them in butter and store them in the refrigerator? I have to give the coffee a nice 7, the home fries a 6 but the overall meal was a 4. That omelet pulled everything down. Overall rating: 5.5
Where does Ray find these places? North Providence, North Dakota…what’s the difference? Sometimes I wish GPS had never been invented. It just encourages Ray to explore. Maybe we’re the Lewis and Clark of our era. Or Abbott and Costello. You choose. So. At least, as usual, the conversation is top notch. First impressions are always important. Betty’s is clean and roomy and we were waited on promptly, though that may have been because there was only one other person in the place. Hmmmmm. Noted. The coffee was well above average for a breakfast joint. Nice. Smooth and not bitter at all with no after taste. The menu was typical and not extensive though they did offer several breakfast sandwiches served on grinder rolls. Never saw that before. I got my unusual. First off, we always sample the homefries . Yum. Cooked well with a very nice crisp. Add a little salt and you’ve got yourself some very tasty homefries. Eggs are eggs. The sausage, frankly, (see what I did there? I used the word “frank” which is a type of sausage. Huh? Oh, never mind. (My genius is wasted here), were the smallish Jimmy Dean type that weren’t really treat. They were a let down because I prefer something with a little bit of spice and definitely juicier. So, what did I think? Coffee a solid 8. Homefries another solid score, 7.5. But those sausage pulled the overall meal down to a 6 1/2. Overall 7 1/3.