Saturday is a good day for eating breakfast out. This morning’s gray mist made an outing even more appealing. As I drove north from Bath on Route 512, I recalled my last visit to the . It was a few days before Christmas and my son was just home from college. We were looking for someplace with an urban edge, tasty food, and strong coffee. I came across some rave reviews of a relatively new restaurant, new at least to me, the . “Sure,” my son said after I’d read a few lines. “Let’s try it.” We weren’t disappointed.
Today I was greeted by a pleasant young man who said to choose my own seat. “What ever is comfortable for you,” he said with a smile. I chose a table by a large window overlooking the vast green countryside. A waitress quickly appeared to take my drink order – coffee and a glass of water.
I read through a menu filled with appealing choices. Omelets, Benedicts, scrambles, frittatas, burritos & quesadillas, breakfast sandwiches, French Toast, and more. Other reviewers often comment on the superb quality of the Eggs Benedict served at the BeanBath. (M would have loved the Benedicts, I thought. Always a favorite.) In December my son and I had each ordered savory omelets – spinach & provolone for me, cheddar & bacon for him. Scrumptious! But today I felt like something different. When the waitress returned I told her I’d like Yogurt, Granola & Fruit, along with a slice of whole wheat toast.
While I waited I sipped robust coffee and opened my Kindle. Today I opted for a romantic short story I’d downloaded last month. A good choice. by tells the story of Lucy and Dominic. Divorced ten years before after the tragic loss of their young son, they meet again through a twist of fate. Award-winning British author Taylor writes sweet, incredibly heartwarming fiction. This emotional tale, though short, brought mist to my eyes, appropriate for the day. (A tear-jerker, M would have said. Why do we treasure a cry over a good story or movie?) Nevertheless, it was a good choice for me.
My breakfast, too, was a good choice. I’ve read that presentation is as important as preparation. Presentation is an art. If so, is an artist. A base of crunchy granola was topped with yogurt overlaid with layers of sliced strawberries, perfectly ripened bananas, and sweet blueberries. Browned whole wheat toast was a good complement. Best of all, I savored the strong coffee. “It’s Spice Island,” said the waitress when I asked. “No spices, just a robust blend. Some find it too strong,” she said. Having grown up on the aroma and flavor of a strong brew, I didn’t. I loved finding a restaurant where I can count on a good cup.
The bill for my meal – a yogurt parfait with granola and fresh fruit, a slice of whole wheat toast, and a large cup of coffee with refills, came to just over $9.00 (excluding tip). Excellent service, well-prepared food, and a cordial atmosphere. A thoroughly enjoyable morning.
The is located at 2425 Plaza Court in the SouthMoore Plaza, two miles north of Bath along Highway 512. Their hours are Monday – Thursday 7 am-2 pm; Friday 7 am to 3 pm, and 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm; Saturday 7:30 am to 3 pm, and 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm; and Sunday 7:30 am to 3 pm. Telephone – 484-287-2326. If you enjoy this review (and the BeanBath), I hope you’ll share it with others.