|Generic storefront facade.|
Upon entering, I was transformed into a different place and time. I expected an ugly strip mall greasy spoon. Instead, I felt like I was walking into the diner of a small Midwestern village. Along the right wall was a large mural painting of a 1800's small town scene. Along the left side of the long and narrow restaurant were a number of brown-padded booths with several families cozied up to breakfast. Near the cash register a waitress was hugging a family goodbye and at one of the tables another waitress was overheard saying, "More coffee Charles?". P & S clearly has a very loyal customer base.
|The homey interior of P & S.|
I was invited to take a seat at any booth. A second waitress came by, cleaned off my table and asked if I needed a menu or knew my drink order. I ordered a coffee with cream. A moment later a third waitress stopped by with a menu, my drink and some silverware. This is clearly a group effort, with very impressive service all around.
|Coffee & Cream, $1.35|
After scanning the menu, which includes several classic American items, I opted for "The Kitchen Sink", which the menu describes as home fries piled on top of an open faced biscuit, smothered with sausage gravy, topped with 2 eggs, and covered with cheddar cheese. The waitress taking my order commented that I had made a good choice with a smile. I added a side of bacon and an orange juice.
While I was waiting for the food to arrive, a gentleman at one of the tables next to mine walked over to another booth and struck up a conversation with another elderly gentleman. From the bits I overheard it turns out they knew each other from over a decade ago and had several things to catch up on. I was reminded of the slogan on the front of the menu, "Where good friends meet". This is certainly true.
|The Kitchen Sink, $5.25|
My food arrived about ten minutes later. The food wasn't much to look at, but I suppose that fits given the description of the meal. The taste, however, was quite a bit more to behold. While the food probably could've used a few shakes of salt and fresh pepper, and probably a bit of hot sauce, I was impressed by the light almost citrusy undertones in the sausage gravy. Overall the food formed a pleasant combination of flavors. The potatoes and eggs were cooked perfectly. I ate every bite and was quite full by the end.
The rest of the food was pretty standard American breakfast fare all around, but of pretty good quality. The coffee was some of the best I've had at a restaurant and I really appreciated the fresh cream in a separate pourable container. The most impressive thing I kept seeing over and over again was the service. It's clear the owner has instilled a real sense of ownership in the restaurant and has conveyed a sense of what good old-fashioned customer service is all about. Given that and its proximity to my domicile, I will certainly be back.