Wednesday, March 30, 2016

T's Restaurant: A Rhode Island Brunch Favorite


You guys, I'm in love!

...with T's Restaurant.

This breakfast/brunch/lunch spot has three locations in Rhode Island, in Cranston, East Greenwich, and Narragansett, two of which I frequent regularly. I've always been a bit of a brunch fiend, but I'm utterly addicted to T's. I love coming here, whether it's for a classic breakfast, or a comforting lunch.

Circa 2010, I loved this Fresh From the Garden Eggs Benedict off the summer specials menu. It featured baby spinach, fresh tomatoes, portabella mushrooms, poached eggs, and Hollandaise atop toasted whole wheat English muffins. Not a shabby way to start your day!


T's is known locally for their fantastic home fries or "homies." These come in several different varieties, including one of my absolute favorites: Buffalo!


The recent winter specials menu included a whole slew of fantastic options that I sampled over the past several months. My sister's favorite was actually the Gingerbread Pancakes, topped with honey gingersnap butter and whipped cream. This is pure winter comfort.


My personal favorite from that recent winter menu was the Southwestern Chili Benedict Skillet. Grilled cheddar jalapeno cornbread is topped with beef and bean chili, two poached eggs, Hollandaise, barbecue sauce, and a dusting of chili. I ordered this on more than one occasion! I hope this makes it onto next winter's specials ;-)


Another special I tried recently was T's Cider Braised Pork and Egg Platter, featuring cider braised pulled pork and sweet potato hash, a drizzle of barbecue sauce, two eggs (poached in my case), toast (my pick was a griddled English muffin) and a side (Buffalo homies for the win!). This was very tasty and filling, but still didn't beat my beloved Southwestern Chili Benedict Skillet!


I also tried the Pulled Pork and Fried Egg Brioche Sandwich. This was a bit of a miss for me mainly because what was supposed to be an over-easy egg on the sandwich (along with the pulled pork and melted pepper Jack cheese) was actually over-hard. Nothing worse than an overcooked egg when you're really craving runny yolks. This was also my first time trying the Southwestern homies, which are topped with Hollandaise, melted cheddar, diced bacon, and fresh salsa. The lack of melting on the cheese in my case, and the over-cooked egg was really one of the only times I think the quality of the food has been off. I've never had this issue repeated again...


Speaking of runny yolks, a total win for me happened recently when I asked if they could make me a customized breakfast sandwich. One of the sandwiches on the lunch menu is called a Brie LT and features harvest grain bread, spread with creamy brie, and topped with crispy bacon, baby spinach, and sliced tomato.


Normally, they do not serve items off the lunch menu until after a certain time, but I asked the waitress to see if they could make me a Brie LT topped with an over-easy fried egg, and after checking with the cooks she confirmed they could! It was exactly what I wanted! Totally hit the spot, and erased any bad breakfast sandwich memories that ever plagued my soul. I will be ordering this sandwich again, and I've asked them to call it the Victoria (though I doubt it will catch on). They also did a better job with the Southwest homies this time by pouring the hot Hollandaise on top to help melt the cheese better. Swoon!


T's is currently featuring several spring specials on their menu. They always have some variety of Eggs Benedict, and the current one is called Verona Florentine Eggs Benedict. They've had a version of this in past years every spring, but it now features herb-toasted focaccia, prosciutto, sauteed baby spinach, poached eggs, Hollandaise, and a drizzle of balsamic syrup. In past years I've seen a similar rendition with either cream cheese or ricotta thrown in there, but regardless of the details, this is a solid breakfast choice..


Another item I recently sampled on the spring specials menu is the Pulled Pork Breakfast Burrito. A grilled flour tortilla is stuffed with pulled pork, diced red onions, green peppers, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese, and served with salsa and sour cream on the side. I again elected to order the Southwest homies, which were a great compliment to the breakfast burrito.


One of my favorite sandwiches at lunch time is the Mediterranean Style Chicken Wrap, which is an herbed garlic wrap filled with grilled chicken, sauteed spinach, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese, with a sweet balsamic dressing. These fillings are also featured in an excellent omelet on the breakfast/brunch menu, the Athenian Grilled Chicken Omelet. I don't have a photo of that one, but take my word for it, it's delicious! Also, the fries at T's are always really crispy and well-seasoned. In the past, I've also ordered the side of house-made potato chips, and those are excellent too.


The service and prices are fantastic across the board. I wouldn't keep returning so frequently over the years otherwise. Also, if you're a Yelper and you check in on your phone, you always get a coupon on the Yelp app to use during your visit. I believe the only restriction is you can't use it on Sundays or holidays. No biggie. If you ever find yourself in Cranston, East Greenwich, or Narragansett, RI, check out T's Restaurant for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. You won't be disappointed.

T's Restaurant
Three locations in Rhode Island
http://www.tsrestaurantri.com/

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