I planned to go to the Baker St. Café in Providence, this morning but there was a closed sign on the front door. I found out later that they had a special event they were at on Thursday and Friday this week and were not open. Luckily for me, as we were driving down Allens Ave, Mike spotted another breakfast place, Ov’s, so that is where we wound up. Now Mike and I had eaten breakfast place named Ov’s in East Taunton, last year and really liked it. Mike, the bold one of us, asked the waitress about that and come to find out both are owned by the same family. And that the East Taunton one is owned by a son and his mother owns the Providence one. Didn’t ask who owned the Smithfield one… The diner is smallish but not too small, with counters and a number of tables. It was not very crowded and we found a table quickly. Unique menu in that the omelets are listed as a nationality. I chose the “Chinatown”. Which was just a veggie omelet, Huh?? Coffee was served promptly and this was a very good coffee. I tried to figure out what the lingering taste was but could not. Mike thought it might be chicory. Whatever, it definitely was above average. Lots of refills. Enjoyed every one. Unfortunately that was really the only thing I enjoyed at breakfast. My three egg omelet was woefully small, and undercooked in places. Meanwhile the onions, green peppers, and mushrooms were overcooked. I tried salt and pepper with no upgrade. I actually left about a third of it on the plate. For someone who is cutting back on portions, and this breakfast was to be my big meal for the day, that said something. The home fries were hot, but that was the only thing really positive about them. They lacked flavor, seasoning, and, like the veggies were overcooked. Sorry but Mamma’s Ov’s takes a back seat to her son’s Ov’s. Coffee, 8; home fries, 3; meal 3, 4.8 overall.
Things are so weird! Someone switched the Ray I know for Ray from the past! The Ray that took me to breakfast this morning was a lot like the Ray would drive for hours to a place that wasn’t open! The horror! Once again I had to use my RAE (restaurant acquisition experiment) before we starved. I had spotted a likely backup on our trip to nowhere and boy I’m glad I did! OV’s! We had gone to an OV’s in East Taunton awhile back and liked it. This will have to be the same right? Well, nice place and the coffee was served up pretty quick. Good coffee, too! I was already for a refill when the waitress came for our order. I got the Dominican Diva…an omelet with Cajun shrimp (shrimp for breakfast!), mushrooms, roasted red peppers, spinach and cheese. Sounded great! It was great! I really, really enjoyed that omelet! The Cajun spices were a taste sensation! Great word…Great omelet! Everything was incorporated with the egg perfectly. Nice, nice, nice! The homefries weren’t too bad either. I liked their flavor and a bit of crisp as well. I liked them. Now, I never read Ray’s review before it’s posted but I know his experience was different from mine. So, coffee a 7.5 with the homefries a 7. The omelet gets a 9.5! I really, really, really liked it! I give OV’s an 8!