Home Style Cafe presents itself as a kind of throwback to home cookin and in-the-day breakfast cafes. And it fulfills the promise if your mom was a kind of careless cook whose mind was often on other things--like watching her daytime soap.
My two basic tests of a retro cafe are the coffee and the biscuits and gravy. Coffee at Homestyle is dismal--a cheap resaurant blend with little flavor but plenty of acidity--though served very hot and plentifully. Your cup will be refilled if it has suffered the slightest evaporation.
Biscuits are plenty good but the sausage gravy is close to inedible and indigestible. Minute specks of what might be sausage (or some other textureless byproduct?) are suspended in a glutinous white gravy that would better serve as drywall paste. Unlike the boiling coffee, the gravy is presented lukewarm. Why, I don't know.
Other basic bacon & eggs breakfasts are more successful but no more imaginative. Portions are huge, but a lonely parsley sprig on the platter pretty much sums up the chef's creativity. The fancier and pricier omelet items are disappointing and best avoided.
Table service is mostly from highly experienced good ol gals who are very friendly and helpful, but often distracted by conversation with friends at other tables or personal discussion of health and family issues with other servers. This can be charming or annoying, depending on your mood. If you are in a hurry, Homestyle is probably not the place for you. For me, the service is really the best feature of the place--a kind of low-cost floor show.
Overall, Homestyle offers pretty good value if what you want is a belly-filling breakfast and aren't too fussy about the coffee. I just wish they would fire the grill cook and hire someone who knows how to fry an egg (and make a gravy!)
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