After reading a posted newspaper article, Libby's suspicion was correct...owner, George Katris immigrated from Greece in his teens to Canada, eventually became a US citizen and started the Indiana based chain in the late 80's. There are 13 locations, with one in Ohio.
As newcomer's, there were a couple of breakfast musts...for Fred, a benedict of sorts, for Libby, something to sample the house sausage gravy, and for Ozzy, the breakfast carb of champions, flapjacks. Fred went with a little twist to the classic benedict, the Florentine...spinach and bacon instead of canadian bacon. Libby went with the Country Benedict or basically, biscuits and gravy with poached eggs piled on for good measure. Both entrees came with the "American Fries" aka house hashbrowns. For Ozzy, the kids pancakes with bacon.
Our waitress was a coffee pusher, as with most good breakfast places...and we are happy to say, this brew was decent for a basic house coffee...fresh, medium-strength with a mellow flavor. Fred and Libby typically like the french-press, knock you on your arse variety, but found this quite satisfying.
The food arrived quickly. Fred tried his dish first thing, as he is very particular about the level of acid, or lemony-ness in any hollandaise. Not impressed. Too bland and no noticeable lemon flavor. Having said that, the buttery-ness was there and at least, it was an actual hollandaise and not a cheese sauce as so many breakfast placed think of as hollandaise. He loved the spinach and found the American Fries to be the highlight of the meal.
Libby, always excited for a tasty gravy, was also nonplussed. This was the overly floury variety with little seasoning and flavor. Nothing special. The biscuit was fine and the eggs were perfectly poached. The American Fries were very good.
Ozzy, on the other hand, was quite impressed with his pancakes! Libby and Fred had to sample and agreed...there is something special in that batter...vanilla? spices? Regardless, the flapjacks are the way to go...wonder how the blintzes/crepes weigh up?
Although, not the sweeping successful impression we were hoping for, this establishment showed promise with it's sweeter variety of breakfast. There is also a bakery counter at the entrance...so much possibility!
Price- $, Cheap Eats!
Atmosphere-**, Clean but cramped, and somewhat odd design.
Service-****, Most accommodating and friendly!
Fred - C+, While not my ideal breakfast place, it would certainly do in a pinch..no one would walk away unhappy.
Libby -B-, The gravy was a real disappointment, but I feel the sweet carb menu is most likely quite impressive!
Ozzy -A, Ozzy loved his pancakes!