The Breakfast Search, part 2

This weekend, we tried the Little Creek Diner.  It has been reviewed online before, so I don’t know that this adds much to what is already out there.  The outside always put me off, but the inside was considerably nicer.  It felt like a little family restaurant.  I liked the mural on the wall and the people were friendly.  Most were regulars.

That said, Ric ordered eggs scrambled with cheese, toast, and sausage patties.   The dish came with home fries.

Little Creek Diner Breakfast

I opted for Voula’s Omelet, which was listed as containing “feta and FF.”  I wasn’t sure what FF was.  Yes, I know I could have asked, but I like trying new things!  It came with toast and I opted for grits instead of home fries.

I was very surprised when “FF” turned out not to be fresh fruit but FRENCH FRIES.  There were French fries in the omelet.  With eggs and feta. Let me be clear: I am not a huge fan of French fries.  I don’t usually eat a medium order of McDonald’s fries.  IN my eggs?  I was not thrilled.   However, I do love Spanish tortillas.  So it’s not like the idea of potatoes in my eggs scares me, but French fries?  I tried it anyway.  I did not love the combination.  The bites of egg with feta were very enjoyable.  Bites with egg, feta, and fry were pretty okay.  Bites with just egg and fry–that I did not like.  I can’t tell you if it’s good or bad–it just wasn’t a food that I would order again based on my preferences.  My toast was okay, but a bit soggy (butter does that pretty quickly.  The unbuttered side was not soggy).  The grits were cooked great!

Overall impression: this wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. Part of that was my food choice. Was I upset? NO!  That’s part of being willing to try stuff: there’s always a risk I won’t like it, even if it’s cooked marvelously.  Shhh-we won’t talk about Brussels sprouts.  That is not the fault of the cook or the server and it is not the responsibility of the restaurant: I chose it, and I ate it!   I am totally willing to come back and try again with something different.  I’d also love to try their gyros for lunch some time!

 

The Breakfast Search, part 1

I don’t know how this began, but Ric and I have developed a habit of going out for breakfast on Saturday mornings.  I can explain how and why this started to some extent.  Neither of us are morning people.  I am rarely hungry when I wake up.  I want COFFEE and then I want the world to leave me alone for an hour while I caffeinate.

We were eating at a Denny’s until it closed a few months ago.  We started eating at a local restaurant, Cagney’s, instead.  The food there was plain, and simple.  Basic.  Nothing fancy.  Seasonings were minimal.  But they did pretty good breakfasts for pretty good prices, and we got to know the servers.  Where else can you watch a model train run around the restaurant?

And then, last weekend, it closed.

So now we must find a new place for breakfast.

This weekend we tried our first new contender and established our ground rules for what we’re looking for.

  1. The place must serve breakfast on Saturday mornings.
  2. We’re not driving too awfully far.  If it takes 20 minutes or more to get there, it’s not happening.
  3. Ric will do a basic eggs-sausage-toast (or similar) at each restaurant.  Eating the same (or nearly the same) dish allows us to compare food quality across restaurants.
  4. I will order the restaurant’s special if they have one.  I’m adventurous about food.  This will allow us to compare variety across restaurants.
  5. No chain restaurants will be assessed  (sorry, no IHOP/Denny’s).  We want to support & promote local restaurants.
  6. We will take photos and review our meals, including prices.

I’ll link to his posts as he puts up his thoughts about the meals.

We are not being paid or compensated for doing this–we just want to try a few places and find a good place to get a good breakfast!