Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Silver Spoon - Decent Breakfast at a Decent Price

The Silver Spoon is one of the very few restaurants that serves a full breakfast in Easthampton... or in the general Northampton vicinity, for that matter. Mr. valleywriter & I love going out to breakfast, so we're always up for trying something new (going to the same few places all the time gets old). From the outside, the Silver Spoon (on Main Street/Rt. 10 in Easthampton) isn't much to look at, so we asked around before trying it out. We got 2 "it's good, but we call it 'the greasy spoon' around here..." and 1 "I liked it!" review. Since there were no dire warnings to stay away, we decided to give it a shot.

We got off to a bit of a late start and arrived at the Silver Spoon at about 10:15 on a Saturday morning, hoping we'd made it in time for breakfast. The place was packed and breakfast was still in full swing, lucky for us. In desperate need of coffee by that point, we found 2 seats at the counter instead of waiting for a table.

The first thing I noticed is that, unlike the oddly papered windows and nondescript blue awning on the outside, inside of the Silver Spoon has character. The woodpaneled walls and country art create a cozy atmosphere that makes you feel at home, even if your home looks nothing like it. You can tell this is a place where locals get together to talk over coffee and a newspaper, where the staff knows the regulars and what they'll want to eat the minute they walk in the door. Like "Cheers" without the beer, the Silver Spoon is well worn and well loved.

The majority of the short order cooking appeared to done right in front of the counter, out in the open. We watched as several young women - perhaps even high school students working a weekend job - juggled orders for pancakes, french toast and eggs, all without missing a beat or needing to utter a word, moving like dancers around each other getting into refrigerators and finding utensils. The servers bantered back and forth with each other as they ran food from the counter to tables, and with the customers as they regularly refilled coffee mugs.

As for food, the breakfast menu is expansive. There were numerous egg/toast/hashbrown/meat/pancake combo options, several specialty omelets (or you can build your own), different kinds of pancakes (blueberry, pear, etc.) and french toast (regular or banana bread), and even 2 kinds of eggs benedict. There's more, I'm sure, but after I found what I wanted, I stopped looking :-)

I decided on the "Lumber Jill," which comes with 1 egg, 1 pancake, 2 pieces of bacon or sausage, and homefries - all for about $5. Totally by coincidence, Mr. valleywriter ordered the "Lumber Jack," with 2 eggs, 2 pancakes, 2 pieces of bacon or sausage, and homefries - again for a reasonable $6-$6.50). We're both suckers for homemade bread, so we each ordered a side of that, too.

As you can see from Mr. valleywriter's plate, the portions here are ample. Our waitress was very friendly and patient, and our coffees were topped off frequently (a must on a Saturday morning!). Overall, we thought the food was good. It wasn't haute cuisine or the best we'd ever had, but we weren't expecting that. It was a good basic breakfast - the eggs were cooked as ordered, the homefries well seasoned, the toast perfectly browned. The pancakes were a little different than we're used to - somehow they were drier/crispier - but that's probably just the batter. They certainly weren't bad, just different. And nothing on either of our plates was the least bit greasy - not even the homefries, which can have a tendency to be a little oily by nature.

With 2 coffees, 2 full breakfasts and 2 sides of toast, our bill only came to about $17. If you're not from the valley, that may seem like a lot for breakfast, but as far as we're concerned, it's a steal. We can't get out of the "famous" Northampton breakfast place for less than $30. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Silver Spoon for a good basic breakfast at a good price - all in a lively, yet cozy, atmosphere.

1 comment:

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I loved this place when we stayed in Easthampton last year! We just happened upon it one day and we were so glad!