I've driven past Vera's Country Cafe at least a hundred times. Today I decided to load up the family and give it a try. With so many positive Tripadvisor reviews, and a self-proclaimed breakfast fan, I was excited to say the least about a place 'just up the road.'
We walked through the front door of Vera's around 9am on a Saturday and saw a couple of open tables. The waitstaff said we could sit wherever and we did. The dining area is a welcome space that certainly exudes 'country' and 'cafe' feels. It felt as if there was a mix of dependable locals as well as passing through motorists.
We overheard Vera's revamped the menu lately. Either way, there were two specials that piqued the curiousity. But first, being a gigantic fan of Homestead Coffee, I was excited to see it offered here. While I was intending to order from the regular menu, I was intrigued by the Brisket Eggs Benedict. With ingredients such as bacon and beef brisket replacing Canadian bacon (as well as cheddar in the Hollandaise sauce), how could I not order it?
My wife waffled (see what I did there?) on the red velvet pancakes but found it hard to not take the advice of the Intelligencer's column mounted on the wall proclaiming Vera's knowledge of omelettes. She eventually went with the veggie omelette.
Our meals were extremely flavorful. I am quite excited to have finally experienced Vera's Country Cafe, and I implore you to do the same. Two aspects that did stand out include: I think the place is cash only, though I might be wrong. Luckily we had cash. The one part that deterred me from ordering either French toast or pancakes was the presence of Log Cabin breakfast syrup at each table. I lived in upstate New York for a few year and learned just how good authentic maple syrup is. That being said, I would certainly pay extra to upgrade to maple syrup next time I swing by.
If you're headed toward down 412 and Vera's is on the route, you must stop here for breakfast. The atmosphere, the food, the reasonable prices, and the satisfaction is on par with competitive breakfast locations in towns. Breakfast is hard to pull off well. Vera's makes it look effortless yet enjoyable.
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