Country Kitchen, Tiverton, RI

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ray Just on the outskirts of the Fall River boarder in Tiverton, RI, is this little out of the way restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch. Since this was not actually in Fall River, our streak of great breakfast places in that city was not broken. The Country Kitchen is similar to Percy’s place which we reviewed earlier, in that it has both a dining area and an adjacent gift shop. After talk of David Price ( yuk), Patriots ( hopeful) and the use of technology on our classrooms ( never going to be settled between us ), Mike and I settled in to this cozy diner. Lots of tables, most of the empty ones had tips and had not been “bussed”, but chose one. Coffee in nice size mugs was offered along with the menu. Coffee was eh, just ok, barely average. Out waitress pointed out the specials and left us to decide. After a bit of a wait…………., we ordered. I had the basic Western Omelet with cheese and home fries. I’ll start with the home fries which were fantastic! Great seasoning and just enough crispiness to make them delightful. My omelet fell to the same issue many do which is the chef put in so much cheese it took over everything in the omelet. I’d like to order “light on the cheese” but if I did I would not be reviewing the meal everyone got. Sorry to say not one of my best choices. Coffee, 5; home fries 9; meal,6; overall, 6.6

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mike What a very, very confusing day! Ray told me yesterday he knew where we were going and, surprise! found it with no problem AND it was open! What!? I don’t remember how we got there, actually, but I love quirky places and this is one of those places. What’s not to like to about a restaurant which opens into a funky little convenience store? Nice! Even had to pay the tab in the convenience store! What’s up with that? The meal? Again, I was confused. I ordered the hash benny. Canned hash (ugh) but OUTSTANDING homefries. Middling coffee. It kinda throws me when one element if the meal is so, so, so good that it warrants caps in the review and then it’s not complimented by the other two elements. That’s too bad. That said, I place these taters as the best of the year. Well deserved praise. Coffee 6, benny 6 and a 9.5 for the homefries. Seven.

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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

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.

Kelly’s Place, Norton, MA

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rayWe went back in time to revisit Kelly’s Place 292 East Main Street, Norton, MA. Before we started this blog, Mike and I had breakfast here so I thought we should give it a review. Kelly’s is not really out of the way, maybe 1 ½ miles off of 495 and a few mile from Norton Center. They have a few outside tables but we decided to enjoy the inside. It is a large place that also serves lunch daily and dinner on the weekends. Coffee came quickly, there were only a few customers at this time. First round of coffee was just to my liking, not too hot, in a nice size mug, with a very good flavor. The refills were more to Mike’s liking, very hot. I chose the Vegetable omelet which came with red and green peppers, onions, broccoli, and mushrooms. All the veggies, except the mushrooms, were chopped nice and small, including the broccoli. This is a n important feature with veggies in an omelet because you do not want huge chunks of one and tiny bits of another, a uniform texture. The only feature of the omelet that I would have changed was the cheese. I thought they had too much and it really overpowered the rest of the items. The home fries were very good. A great spice which I think was smoked paprika, could have been a little more crispy. Kelly’s is a really nice breakfast place that I would recommend. Coffee, 8; home fries, 8; meal, 8. This math is easy, Overall, 8. Kelly’s open 7 days a week.

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mike Sooooooo, Kelly’s Place. Nice! This week’s road trip wasn’t really a road trip…just a mere four or five Seekonks away, almost, but not quite, into Mansfield. Ray’s probably mentioned this was a return trip. I was cool with that. Kelly’s is not a typical breakfast joint. Bright, clean lines, al fresco dining. Ray and I really like a classic diner type of place but this is about the food. Kelly’s does breakfast well! Nice! The coffee was a cut above average. The second cup (hot) better than the first tepid one. I went with a skillet breakfast…basically my unusual in a pan WITH CHEESE! Brilliant! Who doesn’t like cheese? Maybe a bit too much but really, who doesn’t like cheese? Very, very nice! And the homefries? Wow! No spices needed. Smokey paprika? Whatever. Very, very tasty and cooked well. And they were in with the cheese! Aaah! Maybe we should rate our breakfasts by how many exclamation points we use! Very nice choice, Ray! (eleven, if you’re counting) Let’s give the coffee a 7 and the homefries and the meal nine each. That’s an 8.2 Nice!

Mattapoisett Diner, Mattapoisett, Ma

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mike You may have been wondering if we took last week off. We didn’t. My shoulders are big enough to take the burden of this huge mistake…I forgot to write the review! That’s right, and this may come as a HUGE shock to most of you, I’m not perfect! I admit it. Let’s move on. So, last week, Ray and I went on a planned (not one of Ray’s “Oh, it’s not open, again, let’s find another place” debacles), and went to the Mattapoisett Diner, 71 Fairhaven Rd (Rt 6) in, well, you figure it out. I had been there before with Harry and figured to get Ray out of Little Portugal for a change. The diner itself is pretty neat. It is one of the old, historic ones and very well maintained. Bright and clean. Despite the place being almost full we were greeted, served coffee and had out orders taken quickly. First off, the coffee was meh, and usually I can deal with “meh” coffee if the homefries aren’t “meh” homefries. They were. Boiled potatoes. Sigh. So, my hash bennie was left to save the day but the first thing I noticed was the over-easy eggs sitting on top where the poached eggs should reside. Runny yolk is the goal here but still. The hash had to be canned. Sigh. The best part of this ensemble was the specialty roll that was in place of the traditional English muffin. Very tasty. Very good. Honestly, though, not enough. Coffee I give a 6, the homefries a 5 and the bennie a 6 for a score of 5.8

 

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ray  The nice thing about a road trip is that it gives Mike and I a lot more time to solve all of the problems of the world. The Mattapoisett Diner was our destination this morning. Apparently this was a favorite of the Sullivan-Silva’s when they vacationed in this quaint Massachusetts coastal communities. ( I always wanted to use the term “quaint” in a review!!!) Typical roadside diner with traditional stainless steel trim outside, and long counter for seating. We had to sit at the counter since the 10 tables were all full. The Mattapoisett Diner has a nice breakfast menu with interesting choices. This morning I went off the reservation by choosing the Harvest Omelet, which had sautéed apples, thick sliced bacon and topped with cheddar cheese. Coffee came in a very generous mug, fit nicely in the hand. The coffee was pretty good, actually a little above average. Oour waitress was very friendly and prompt with refills. The harvest Omelet was terrific. That combination of apples and bacon is something I will try at home. Size-wise it was not really the usual three egg omelet, in fact I completely finished mine before Mike had half of his Benny. The home fries were a real disappointment. All I got were a dozen or so potatoes, run over the flat top with no seasoning at all. Coffee, 7; home fries; 4; meal, 8, Overall, 6.3

Nick’s on Broadway, Providence, RI

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ray  Long story short, I chose, for the second time, the Baker Street Café for breakfast this morning, and for the second time it was closed due to a catering event. Not going to try it a third time. My backup was Nicks on Broadway, so with the help of my navigator Mike and his GPS we headed through the back streets and detours of Providence. A mini adventure that took about 10 minutes, or an hour and a half according to Mike’s internal clock. Nick’s is the third restaurant we have visited on Broadway, The Grange, and Julian’s were two we went to last year. Nick’s is more of a “brunch/dinner” restaurant with a well stocked bar. ( Maybe we should start reviewing mimosas, ). Very friendly waitress who Mike had met up with on one of his adventures in cooking, at Ellie’s Bakery in Providence. Coffee was great, and we found out that it was from Ellie’s also. The menu was not very expansive, no omelets, but had some very interesting choices. I chose the Black beans and corn + eggs with fried eggs, tomato-chili salsa + cilantro, sour cream + char-grilled pesto bread, and a side of home fries. Neither of our meals came with home fries so we shared. I like trying new dishes and this looked right up my ally. The wait was a little long, but I regaled Mike with stories of our puppy Daisy. Mike actually only had to be shaken awake a few times. As for the meal, the beans and corn had a great flavor enhanced by one of the three the hot sauces that were brought to the table. Actually the shape of the bowl made it a little difficult to scoop out the beans/corn salsa. Eggs are eggs, but I think the sour cream did nothing for the meal. As for the home fries, they were very good, combining red bliss, white, and sweet potatoes. Just a touch of salt and they were a good side. A lovely California omelet with a side of these home fries would have been fantastic. Coffee, 8; home fries, 8; meal, 6. Overall a healthy 7.

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mike Ray and I had the perfect day for conversation today. All the elements were there; good friends, good food and time…lots and lots of time. “Why is that?” you ask. Well, have you heard of the Tour de France? It’s an annual bike race in France which covers over a thousand miles and requires weeks of racing to complete. Today Ray introduced me to the Tour de Providence, an exhaustively long and epic journey through Rhode Island’s capital in search of the elusive “open” restaurant. Oh, what fun! Ray and I usually stop in at our church, Rehoboth Congregational, from where we carpool on breakfast mornings, to visit Sarah and Kathy, minister and church secretary, after we eat. Today, when we (finally) arrived back at the church our friends, we found out, were in the process of having our pictures placed on milk cartons! Good times! We ended up at Nick’s about three hours into our journey. Nick’s seems very familiar to other Providence restaurants we have reviewed. It’s a bit upscale, trendy and is open from brunch to evening cocktails. It’s quite near to Julian’s and The Grange and Kitchen. Read the blog! Locally sourced food is featured. We like that. I went with the eggs Benedict, no meat, on a buttermilk biscuit. The hollandaise was amazing which, I feel, saved the meal. There was too little in the way of flavor without something like ham on the benny. It surprised me. That’s where the sauce came in. Unique and flavorful in a very understated manor. There wasn’t enough for me, though, to compensate. I picked at Ray’s side of homefries. It was different having different varieties of potato in the dish. Nice. They were cooked through and mildly seasoned and I liked them but wasn’t “wowed” by them. The coffee was Amazing and easily the highlight of the meal. Mild and flavorful, it made for a perfect for morning brew…we each had three cups! Lastly, our waitress was personable and attentive. She balanced out what was a very long wait for our meal to be prepared. I even recognized her from a baking class which Kilian and I took at Ellie’s Bakery in Providence. We learned to make macaroons and Anna Lynn worked there and remembered me as being a baking savant, or a raving something, I don’t remember which. So, coffee a definite 9, homefries a 7 and my benny a 6.5 for an overall of 7.2