WHY WE WENT:
Up and out in the world well before 7 a.m., and we needed an early spot. The coffee was on and hot, and the doors opened at 7, whereas other places we considered began the day at 8.
STYLE OF FOOD: Oldies but breakfast goodies with some neat twists. Example? Floffles, a sort-of create-your-own scrambler dish. Dressed-up pancakes are a talked-about staple here, too.
DRESS & DÃ?COR: Ultra-casual with old-fashioned dining counter as well as plentiful small tables. Only downside? A challenge for large groups. Most tables are two- or four-tops. Artwork and other dÃ©cor are country-cute and eclectic.
SERVICE: Ultra-friendly. You gather this is a place where the owners and staff know all the regulars but always welcome newcomers.
MUST-TRY DISHES: The house hash browns are just delightful: a nice mix of crispy and soft and quite well-flavored. Mushrooms are REAL and copious, and onions are sautÃ©ed. Cheese adds just the right third element. Egg, bacon and cheese on a bagel sounds basic, but everything was done right, and with the addition of hot sauce, the whole meal hit the spot. I don't think we'd be able to open the doors if we ran out of hot sauce, our server (possibly an owner?) told us. Everyone's eating it. Hmmm … Perhaps a new foodie trend? I loaded it on and then some.
Another mushroom-filled star was the mushroom and cheese omelette, with props for the Italian toast that was available on the side.
As for post-morning meals, a.k.a. lunch, we admired the specials board, which talked of downhome favorites such as famous macaroni and cheese with stewed tomatoes. Piggie soup and beef stew also caught our eyes. Yum, yum, yum. Must revisit!
Coffee's hot and fresh. Can't ask for more.
HOURS: 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays.
PRICES: Under $10 is the main price point.
THE LOCATION: 1145 Highway 315, Fox Ridge Plaza, Plains Township.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Lots to love here. Food is downright tasty and ultra-affordable, and the friendly service leaves you with that warm-fuzzy feeling we all need this bitter time of year. Can't wait to go back and try something famous.