We’re Back!!! After several weeks off, we finally go to go out and talk baseball, football, finances, as always what is now ailing on one of us. Mike won this weeks prize with the biggest pain in the car. As I was driving through East Providence this morning not remembering that this was not the best route to take to 195/95, I said to Mike that we have had a pretty long run of average or below average breakfasts of late. He warned me of the jinx. However, this was not one of those times. The Athens Diner, 1449 Mineral Springs Ave. North Providence, has the decorations and name not hiding that it was a Greek restaurant. Nicely laid out interior with a few counter spaces while all of the seats were booths. Our great waitress was quick to tell us that, “no we don’t serve Greek food for breakfast”. Damn, I was really looking forward to an international breakfast. I bet they serve some fantastic Greek dishes for lunch and dinner, have to try it sometime. Ok, start with the coffee, which I would describe as good, and above average. Worth the refill. I’ve started a very low carb diet so I only sampled the home fries. That one bite almost did me in. Beautiful crust and excellent flavor which had butter but something else I could not identify. A wonderfully fresh veggie omelet was prepared just the way I like it. Cooked veggies ( the small broccoli florets we actually crisp on one side ) and all of the vegetables were fresh, including the mushrooms which are the first thing I look at to see if they came from a can. It was a four egg omelet, which was beyond what I could eat even on a good day. Very good morning, Coffee, 7; home fries, 8; meal, 8; Overall, an 8. Check it out.
Ray and I don’t know who to thank but a huge shout-out to the person who recommended Athens Diner. Bravo! Ironically, on the ride to the restaurant we had discussed if this would be the next “wow” experience. It had been awhile, not since Our Place II earlier this year. And though Athens Diner didn’t quite make it to “wow” I was very glad we went. So. Easy to find. Lots of parking. Cool interior. Comfortable (and you never notice comfortable until you experience it) seating. Simple menu. Fun waitress. What a great start! The coffee was above average and served hot. Nice! I ordered the Irish Benny. Check out the picture of this meal! Huge portion of amazingly crisped homefries. Very nice! They had such a nice flavor no additional spices were needed. They were pretty awesome on their own. And hands down that crispness was the best! The benny was real good as well. Homemade hash, I believe, with a nice hollandaise and eggs properly (not overly) cooked. So good! This one is easy to rate. Coffee 7.5, homefries 8 and the meal 8 for an overall score of 7.7, or something close to that. It was such a nice meal and we had had another pleasant, great conversation ride to the dinner that I thought, too soon, it turned out, that we had made it through another meal without a “senior moment” from Ray. Alas. Right before we left he called the waitress over and asked, and I’m not making this up, “Do you know where I can buy grape leaves”. She and I exchanged that knowing look and I quickly ushered Ray out the door. I suppose that was a “wow” moment. Like, “Wow, Ray. Really?” Often, when I run into Barbara she just comes over, gives me a hug, and says, “Thank you” very quietly so no one else can hear. And I say, just as quietly, “You’re not paying me enough.”