Saturday, April 19, 2014
I visit Yarmouth a lot since one of my besties lives there, but neither of us had ever visited this little cafe, which is located just off Route 1 by the post office.
The Big Breakfast Platter served at Forest Falls Cafe in Yarmouth.
John Patriquin/Staff Photographer
Forest Falls Cafe in Yarmouth.
John Patriquin/Staff Photographer
FOREST FALLS CAFE
WHERE: 30 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth
HOURS: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday
WAIT: 10 minutes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes
We met on a Saturday morning for breakfast – the cafe only serves breakfast and lunch – and sat at one of seven tables. Most of the tables are set for four; if you prefer bar seating, there are five seats at the bar.
You can sit wherever you want, and while you’re waiting for your server to come over, peruse the chalkboards. Most of them list the specials, such as a breakfast burrito for $8.99, steak ’n eggs with home fries and toast for $9.99 and three different kinds of eggs Benedict (the Irish version comes with a side of corned beef hash).
One board spreads the cafe’s mission statement: “To create an environment where guest satisfaction is our highest priority – we do that by keeping it simple and welcoming.”
We did indeed feel welcome when we realized we could just mosey on over to the coffee counter, even before ordering, grab a ceramic mug and help ourselves to one of several blends (the hazelnut was excellent). The coffee at the Forest Falls Cafe is not free, but it flows freely. Even after we’d both had our fill of joe and were getting ready to leave, we were told we were welcome to grab a paper cup and take some to go. We declined, thanks very much, but really appreciated the offer.
Breakfast is served all day. The options vary in price from cheap ($1 for granola) all the way up to $6.99 for the Big Breakfast Platter, which includes two eggs, two pieces of bacon or sausage, home fries and toast. French toast with bacon or sausage is $5.99. Pancakes with bacon or sausage are the same price. Add blueberries for 75 cents.
Here’s one odd thing: Maple syrup is not on the table, most likely because the cafe uses Maine syrup, which is a lot more expensive (and more delicious, and healthier) than the usual stuff made with corn syrup. If you want it, you’ll pay an extra $1.50. It’s understandable that they don’t want people wasting it, but it still seems strange to have to pay extra. A better option would be to include a certain amount of syrup on the side with the pancakes, and then ask people to pay if they want more.
We both ordered a version of the Big Breakfast Platter with poached eggs, and were not disappointed. The eggs were poached perfectly, so we could puncture the yolks and have them run into the fried potatoes for that great mixture of gooey, creamy and crunchy.
The cafe also makes breakfast sandwiches from $2.99 to $5.50, made with bagels or wraps. For vegetarians, there’s a $4.99 “scramble wrap” made with eggs, cheese and choice of green pepper, mushroom, onion, broccoli and carrots.
For lunch, the cafe serves a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, including chicken salad, turkey clubs, burgers, steak-and-cheese, and meatball sandwiches. Hot sandwiches are $6.99, and everything else is $5.99. Again, there are a couple of vegetarian options. The salad menu includes tossed, tuna tossed, Greek, Casesar and chicken Caesar.
While the lunch fare sounds appetizing, this is just the kind of place that is sure to satisfy serious breakfast lovers. It’s not a fancy brunch like you’d find in Portland, but it’s a great everyday breakfast spot.
And that bottomless cup of good coffee? Priceless.
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