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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 BeanBath Café. 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 BeanBath Café. “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. FLOWERS ON THE WATER by Helen Scott Taylor 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, BeanBath’s chef 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 BeanBath Café 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.
We woke early this morning, a regular weekday habit that doesn’t go away on holidays. With just our immediate family expected for Thanksgiving dinner this year, and not until early evening, we decided to go out for breakfast. M. and I donned our warm winter jackets, hopped into our car and drove west toward Bath, PA and the Town & Country Restaurant.
My decision over what to order was made before I stepped from the car. The large sign announced “Pumpkin Hotcakes.” What better choice could there be for a Thanksgiving Day breakfast?
With its homey country decor, the restaurant felt warm and inviting. The smiling hostess immediately showed us to a bright booth off to the left. We asked for coffee and water then settled in to study the extensive breakfast menu. Lots of standard breakfast fare but we also saw a few surprises. The Godfather Omelet was topped with marinara sauce. The chili egg dish looked perfect for a cold winter day. But I couldn’t get those Pumpkin Hotcakes out of my mind.
A friendly waitress took our order then disappeared into the kitchen. We skimmed through sections of the morning paper. Stores will open earlier than ever for Black Friday sales, some as early as 3 AM. (Why go to bed ?) A few department stores are offering Black Friday specials on Thanksgiving Day — online orders only but with free shipping. Amazing. Many retailers vying for fewer dollars.
M. had ordered his latest favorite — poached eggs, bacon, wheat toast. His large eggs were hot, the bacon crisp, and the toast nicely browned. I’d ordered only two pumpkin pancakes; I could have been satisfied with one. They were huge, hot, and delicious. The pumpkin flavor was subtle with the cakes moist and filled with flavor. The waitress had offered me a choice of syrups — regular, lite, and sugar free. I used the lite syrup sparingly. Truly wonderful.
Our bill for breakfast — his two eggs, three slices of bacon, wheat toast, and my two large pancakes, plus our two cups of coffee — came to just over $10 (not including tip). A reasonable price. With its warm, inviting atmosphere, friendly and efficient service, and good home-cooked food, the Town & Country in Bath is well worth a visit.
The Town & Country Restaurant is located at 350 S. Walnut Street (Hwy. 512) in Bath, PA. 610-837-7220. They are open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also provide take-out orders. Today they are serving a special Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 11 AM to 7 PM.
P. S. This evening we will gather with those closest to us. We’ll dine on roast turkey and stuffing, on sweet potatoes, cranberries, and green beans. After the table is cleared, if there’s still room in our bellies, we’ll fork in some pumpkin or cherry pie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream We’ll talk, and laugh, and take joy in our time together. Family, friends, food — reasons aplenty to be grateful. May you and yours find happiness together this Thanksgiving Day! Blessings and a warm thank you to all.
Shut the Door (Ice Cream & More) may not be the place most people think of for breakfast. But this morning, as M. and I were driving west across the Valley, we saw they had an OPEN sign in the front window. We hadn’t yet eaten and wondered if they might serve something other than their truly fabulous ice cream. Perhaps breakfast? We turned around and drove back into the parking lot.
We walked into the dining room, passing their glass ice cream case, and settled into a booth next to the front window. A friendly young waitress greeted us with menus then quickly brought our requested two cups of coffee and tall glasses of iced water.
Shut the Door’s breakfast menu features a nice variety of omelets, pancakes, and French Toast, along with a large selection of other assorted breakfast fare. I almost expected there might be an offering of an ice cream topped waffle on the breakfast menu but didn’t see it. A table sign did offer “funnel cake fries.” Almost took them up on that but I’ve been watching my carbs. In no time at all we’d placed our simple order for eggs and bacon.
While waiting for our meals (a short wait; they came fast), M. skimmed through the morning paper while I played with my camera. Lots to capture in the charming décor. One corner displayed two surf boards and a brilliant oil painting of a couple at the shore. There’s also a Betty Boop statue, a hanging parrot, and wall-mounted juke boxes. A huge chalkboard shows lunch and dinner specials. Some appetizing looking offerings were posted there! Overall the atmosphere was friendly, cheerful, and appealing.
As mentioned, our food came quickly. Our eggs and bacon were well-prepared and hot from the kitchen. Our wheat toast arrived hot and fresh, and our charming waitress kept our coffee cups filled. A delightfully delicious meal!
Our total bill including tax came to a few cents over $10 for an order of two scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, and coffee, and an order of two poached eggs, bacon, homefries, toast, and coffee. Quite reasonable!
Shut the Door Ice Cream & More is located at 2693 Community Drive, just off Hwy. 946 and north of Bath, PA 18014. 610-837-2341.
NOTE: Breakfast is only served on Sundays. It’s well worth a visit for a Sunday breakfast, or anytime!
Often, going out for breakfast isn’t so much about the food as it is about the conversation while eating. I tried to keep that in mind during this morning’s meal.
Around 10 o’clock, we drove up Highway 512 toward Bath for breakfast at The Turn In Restaurant. It had been a few years since we’d last visited. Neither of us remembered much about our last visit. (A sign of aging?)
After being asked “smoking or non-smoking?” we were shown to a non-smoking booth next to the front window. The small rooms were crowded and the smell of smoke lingered. Still, our booth was bright, clean, and decorated with a vase of lavender silk flowers. The vinyl benches and Formica table top looked relatively new.
An efficient teen gave us iced water and menus. A minute or so later a tall, 40-ish waitress arrived with pad and pen. We asked for scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, whole wheat toast, and home fries. She brought my coffee, steaming but only moderately strong in a shallow white cup and saucer.
Our food arrived on hot oval plates. We’d barely lifted our forks when the waitress returned to “top off” my full cup of coffee. Except to bring the check, it was her last visit. In her defense, she looked tired. This is one reason we tend to favor those restaurants that leave a small carafe of coffee on the table at breakfast. Customers are happier, and there is less work for the staff.
The toast was nicely browned but otherwise our meal was non-exceptional. The potatoes, though also browned, were heavy with the taste of onions. The bacon was plentiful, but too greasy. The eggs were small.
As we ate we continued to talk – about our son’s latest email advice, about local politics, and other matters of interest. Turning breakfast into a date gives us a chance to catch up on the week. We’re free from phone calls and morning chores. And we enjoy the drive, there and back again.
Our meal at the Turn In was inexpensive, only about $10 (plus tax and tip) for two plates of eggs, bacon, toast, home fries, and a single cup of coffee. Not bad. Then when we got up to leave, I saw that while the carpet was bright and flowery along the edge, the path between the tables was almost black. A real turn off. I do hope the owners will consider adding new floor covering to their wish list of upgrades.
The Turn In Restaurant is located at 162 N. Walnut Street in Bath, PA. It is open 24 hours.
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