22 April 2011

Maureen's Kitchen

We had no idea what was in store for us when we rolled into the parking lot mid-morning on a Thursday. The place was at capacity and bursting with folks already on the waiting list. Luckily we only waited about 15 minutes for a table for two, and sat down with our appetites in the bovine-themed dining room. The chairs had a black and white cow pattern, as did the coffee cups. Pictures and figurines were everywhere. Cow worship was on par with India, although there was plenty of beef on the menu, so strike that.

The servers were obviously understaffed on this holiday, but they remained friendly and efficient. We never had to wait long for our order to be taken or our coffee refilled.

My attention quickly jumped to the croissant French toast ($8.25, below), which I had never tried before. The daily selection was Nutella and banana which sounded lovely, and I added a side of bacon for $1.95. My only complaint was that they spread way too much Nutella between the croissant, but I might be in the minority on that regard. The top and bottom half of the croissant stand up to the gooey sauce and make a nice plate, which unfortunately could not be picked up and eaten like a sandwich. The bacon is well-done but still quite soft and meaty.

The pastrami, fresh scallions & Swiss cheese omelet ($9.75, below) is on the top of the list, and the meat makes what would otherwise be an ordinary breakfast dish anything but. You need strong tastes to override the egg of an omelet, and this meat does it. The real winner of the day though is the amazing portion of home fries. They are full of green and black pepper and altogether delicious. Do yourself a favor and order a dish that comes with them, or simply go for a large portion alone.

Don't let the kitschy cow themes and plus-sized customers get in your way of heading out to Smithtown for a very good breakfast.

1 Larson Avenue, Smithtown NY

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