Eggs-Up Family Restaurant, Cumberland, RI

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mikeROAD TRIP!!! The tables were turned as Ray had to sit through a four hour trip up north to the wilds of Cumberland RI. “Should I have brought a snack?”, he whined. Welcome to my world, bucko! Actually, the trip was about five Seekonks away… not too far away but not that close. Eggs Up, 2378 Mendon Rd is a local favorite. And by the front page copies of the Rhode Island magazine on the wall a multiple winner if winner of ” best breakfast, Blackstone Valley, multiple times. I’ll be the judge of that! Lots of parking, clean, bright and lots of seating. Nice. We were offered coffee quickly. Nice. Pretty good menu selection and, one of Ray’s things to look for, a specials board. By the way, it’s pumpkin everything season. I went for the homemade hash benny. I’m glad I did! The hollandaise was very flavorful with a nice “zing” to it. The hash was very very good. Amazing combination of flavors! The homefries looked better than they tasted. Well cooked but meh. Salt helped. When they were mixed with the hash and yolk and sauce, well, yum! But they couldn’t stand on their own. The coffee was just ok. We each had a second cup but only to give it a chance to change our minds. It didn’t. So, I will give the hash benny 8.5 with the homefries getting a 6 and the coffee 5.5 for an overall score of 6.6

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ray  There was a lot of, “slight change of plans” from Mike this morning, but he forgot to ask me to bring a snack, and coffee. I don’t even want to guess as to how many Seekonks we traveled through, but I swear I saw a sign saying “entering Vermont”. The long ride did give us an opportunity to discuss the Patriots and their woes, at length. Couldn’t solve them, but agreed that this is a must win week. Eggs-Up Family restaurant in Cumberland, Vermont, I mean Rhode Island, is a hometown kind of place. Nice atmosphere, lots of Red Sox pics and many wall hangings identifying it as “Best in Rhode Island, Blackstone Valley” for quite a few years. I guess that we did not have a vote, or maybe this was the best in the Blackstone Valley and we just have not had a chance to visit other breakfast places in the area. I would like fair warning from Mike if he decides to take me on this trek again, so I can prepare. Anyway, the coffee was hot and good, nothing special, good. I chose the Greek Omelet with home fries. I pointed out to Mike that the menu listed a couple of additional special home fries that you could have, both of which had lots of added ingredients like melted cheese, peppers, and onions. I really wondered if this was a way to cover up the flavor of the home fries. My omelet arrived, and so did the home fries. On first look they had some promise with a coating of something red. But the something red had little flavor and adding salt did nothing to improve them. Maybe I should have opted for the “special” home fries. My omelet was ok. Lots of fresh spinach and feta with a few tomatoes thrown in. I was a little disappointed by the size which did not look like a three egg omelet ( spoiled by the East Side Diner a few weeks ago). Maybe it was the long ride out and promise of a long ride home, but I was a little disappointed after reading of their many “Best of Rhode Island” wall hangings. Coffee, 6; home fries, 6; meal, ( you guessed it ) 6. Average meal, 6

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East Side Diner, East Providence, RI

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ray WOW! We thought that the only place to get a great breakfast was in Fall River. This morning Fall River diners got a run for their money as we visited the East Side Diner 615 Waterman Ave, East Providence, RI. This place has only been open for a few weeks and I hope that it can stay afloat long enough for everyone in the area to have breakfast here. Only a few customers were there when we came in and we had no problem finding a table. Our waitress, was really friendly and ready with the coffee refills. Speaking of coffee, it was really good, not the best I have ever had but, some call me a coffee “snob”, this was right up there with flavor and quality. Three cups! There was a chalkboard with daily specials including something called crispy French Toast, sounds very interesting. Their regular menu had traditional breakfast options as well as an insert with Specialty Omelets. I chose the Federal Hill Omelet which was like a Western but substituted the ham with Italian sausage. A really great omelet has quantity, fresh well cooked ingredients, cheese that is added to the dish without trying to cover up all of the good things in it, and lastly it must be moist without being wet ( under cooked is a definite no-no), This one had all of the above. As you can see in the picture, the omelet actually was bigger than the plate. I was almost finished when I commented to Mike that I didn’t even need to reach for the salt. I guess the chef realizes that seasoning the dish as it cooks is really important. Now about the home fries, Abundance and quality. As you can see these home fries filled a good portion of the plate. They were not overly spiced but had a great buttery flavor with a little oregano to back it up with some paprika thrown in as well. This is a very good breakfast place and I do plan on visiting it again. Coffee, 8.5; Home Fries, 9; Meal, 9.5; overall, 9.

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mike Last week Kilian and I were coming back from the (real) East Side and noticed a newly opened restaurant on Waterman named the East Side (not really) Diner. I mentioned to her that I would surprise Ray with a new, close breakfast place. Who knew the old dude already found the it? He is retired so he has a lot of time to drive around, apparently.

So, golf, football, baseball, church, Lions Club. We would have talked about more stuff but it was a short trip into East Providence. First impressions are always important and this newly renovated space was nice and clean and bright. The coffee was served quickly and refills were offered often… this ended up being a three-cup morning so you know we liked it. A pretty standard extended menu with a few interesting differences. One that caught my eye was an option to substitute cooked apples, baked beans, fruit or vegetables for the homefries offered with most breakfasts. Nice! What an amazing choice to offer! I got the Greek omelet (sans olives…I just don’t do olives) and really, really enjoyed it! First, look at the picture. Full, three egg omelet with a generous helping of homefries. Nice! The homefries were good with good spices but I still added salt. The omelet was outstanding! I particularly liked the fresh veggies. Fresh veggies always, always, always make a HUGE difference. Feta cheese, yum, and gyro meat! Outstanding omelet! (Seven, if you’re counting) So, coffee an 8 and I’ll give the homefries 7.5 but the omelet deserves a 9.5 for an overall score of 8.2

Flint Village Restaurant, Fall River

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mike Fall River continues to impress! Took Ray to the Flint Village Restaurant at 1270 Pleasant St. On the ride this morning Ray and I talked about how, after more than two years of this blog, we continue to find new places to review. However, we’re almost to the point where we may have to go further afield to find more restaurants to visit. But, dear readers, you can help us stay closer to home! We need your input! Please, please, please send us your suggestions! Of course you must first read Every Single blog entry to ensure you don’t give us the name of a place we’ve already visited. So, get reading! Now, back to the blog! The Flint Village Restaurant was a step back in time. Located on a corner lot the FVR has probably been here forever. Old styling, old fixtures. Formica! I loved this place right away! The menu was simple and traditional and unpretentious. Breakfast doesn’t need to be fancy…it’s breakfast. Got my unusual. First off, the coffee was above average and, to my liking, hot! Refills were offered frequently. Nice. The homefries were well cooked, had some crisp but had too much paprika. Salt helped. And the sausage and eggs were fine. This may sound like a less than resounding review but this is exactly the kind of restaurant and breakfast that I would go to every day on my way to work. I would love to be a regular here. Understand, we were not “wowed” by the breakfast. But it was better than good and the portions were good and the coffee was better than good and the price was very reasonable and the service was really good and I really loved the old time city restaurant vibe. I’m going to rate this a bit differently and just give an overall rating of 7.5 which covers the coffee, food, service and the restaurant itself. Really liked this place.

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rayMike and I stepped into the Flint Village Restaurant and it was like stepping back to the ‘50’s, in a good way. If you were riding down Pleasant St. in Fall River for the first time, you probably would drive right past it. Comfort food. No pretentious menu, with all kinds of Benny’s and crepes, this place has all of the basics, simple egg dishes, omelets, as well as waffles and pancakes. The seats were a little worn, and the sign on the window was pretty faded, but the waitress was cheerful, and prompt with the coffee. I commented to Mike that the brown mug was just like one I had a long time ago. Listening to the waitress and cook, they seemed to know everyone coming and leaving. Real definition of a homey restaurant. I really liked the coffee, with a rich flavor and lots of refills. This morning was another omelet, one that was more unique than the others on the menu. It was basically a western but it had chourico. The onions, peppers and ham were nicely cut into small pieces, and the chourico was not sliced from a sausage style chourico, it was more like spiced pork pieces, a little bigger than the other fillings, but it really hit the flavor spot. Only two things I would critique about the omelet. First it was a little dry on the outside, and second, too much cheese. The cheese was actually spilling out the edges, and took away from the other ingredients. The home fries were OK, but needed more salt on the griddle. These had a good amount of paprika, not too much, but still needed a little more seasoning in the form of salt.This is the kind of place I would visit again if I were in the neighborhood. Coffee, 7; home fries, 6; meal, 7; overall, 6.5.