From jambalaya to jonnycakes


Bluebird Café

This is a New Orleans-style neighborhood café where the menu is a gumbo of Cajun, Creole, Mexican, Southwestern and Caribbean flavors. The Bluebird originally opened in New Orleans in 1987 and then relocated to Rhode Island in 1997. On weekends, breakfast is available from 8am to 2pm, and everything is made from scratch. Eggs are served with a choice of home fries, yellow grits or black beans. Instead of toast, go for the tender southern-style biscuit. The Powerhouse Eggs ($4.95) are fortified with nutritional yeast, tamari and cheese. Huevos Rancheros, a classic Mexican dish, consists of two corn tortillas with black beans, two eggs over easy, ranchero sauce, melted cheese and fresh salsa ($4.95 to $6.95). If you like, the chef will substitute mixed grilled vegetables or chicken for the eggs. Put some south in your mouth with the butter pecan pancakes and waffles ($5.75 to $5.95), made with malted flour for a slightly sweet taste. The pure maple syrup will set you back an additional $.85, and it’s well worth it. A hugely popular menu item, which was created quite by accident, is the Jambalaya Hash. Their corned beef hash is hot and spicy, much like the eclectic music playing in the background.

Meldgie’s Rivers Edge Café

Meldgie’s has been serving up home style food since 1985, and fans say it’s a hidden gem. All the expected breakfast fare is on the menu, along with jonnycakes, that beloved Rhode Island oddity made with locally produced cornmeal. You can have your eggs done any style, but poached eggs are available only until 11am because things get pretty busy at lunchtime. Other popular dishes are the biscuits and gravy, chorizo and egg omelet, home fries, and the cranberry and walnut toast. Regulars say the food is consistently delicious and priced right. With a stellar staff, you never have to ask for more coffee. This is a BYOB establishment so feel free to bring your own ingredients to make a Bloody Mary or Mimosa. 406B Main Street, Wakefield. 789-5960


For those craving a no-frills, back-to-basics breakfast, this is the place for you. Actually there are two Phil’s – one on Main Street in Wakefield and the other on Boston Neck Road in Narragansett, both serving breakfast from 6:30am to 2:30pm. And both places are well known for their friendly atmosphere. Phil’s is famous for its “Twos” – that’s two eggs, two sausages, two strips of bacon, toast, home fries and a pancake, all for $6.25. The fanciest stuff on the all-American menu are the omelets, filled with everything from kielbasa to hash. In the mood for something exotic? Try the Mexican omelet ($6.25), overflowing with jalapeno peppers, salsa, sour cream and tomatoes. Your sweet tooth will be more than satisfied with the Texas French toast and Belgian waffles, flavored with your choice of strawberries, blueberries, bananas or chocolate chips. Top it off with walnuts and whipped cream for a truly decadent experience.


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