Yes, a day late and dollar short is how it is for food news this week. That's what happens when VDay falls on Sunday and between work and going out with the SO, the whole day just gets away from you. But here it is and I'm staying in this breakfast sandwich vein in a way by serving up some french toast. I have a love/hate kind of thing with Town's End Restaurant & Bakery. The SO likes them, they are close to the live place and we do so like that free basket of small bread bites they offer up when you sit down. For me, they are just a bit on the high end for brunch--seriously--$15 for eggs and bacon? I just can't, unless of course, someone else is paying, then my cheap ass is all in as I won't have to walk far to get some food. We made our way over there on a recent Sunday at the invite of a friend. I decided to take the opportunity to try something different. I went for the cornbread, blueberry French toast with lemon ricotta cream and real maple syrup for about $14.
You get 3 pretty thick slices coated in egg and fried golden brown. Honestly didn't know what to expect but they were dense and tasty and just as good without the side dips. Though I did spread a little butter on them, because I'm me, and they really did remind me of a slice of cornbread. It is really a different take on French toast, but a good one, especially with the blueberries mixed in. I was worried the lemon ricotta cream would be too much and the lemon would be overwhelming, but it turned out to be light with the citrus more of an essence than a strong flavor. While the maple syrup may have been real, it was way sweet, even for me and my dessert tooth. When I ordered this the server tried to up-sell an add on for bacon or something, which would have added $3 or $4 bucks to this already pricey dish. While I was eating these, I kept thinking, because they are really thick and hearty, two of them would have been more than enough. They could have taken one slice away and given me bacon or sausage instead of having to pay extra for it. Since the dish is kind of sweet leaning, it could have used the offset of something salty. As is, it is kind of like a dessert type dish, something I know French toast can veer toward. Thus a savory companion would have been good to make if feel more breakfast/brunch for me. Believe it or not, I actually ended up only having a bite of that third slice as I'd reached my limit. I know, I even surprised myself! Does Town's End do some good food? Yes, they do, and this cornbread French toast is no exception. While they wouldn't necessarily be my first choice for breakfast/brunch (there is that whole line waiting thing too), if the SO or someone else is ponying up, the (shamelessly) frugal in me is not above saying OK!
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- And here's the review you've been waiting for on that $15 cup of coffee that made the news a few days ago. Surprising.