I had forgotten how good some of the more famous chain restaurants can be. Perkins Restaurant and Bakery is a great example of a restaurant that seems to care about their product.
I was driving through Dubuque, Iowa and I needed to eat. I had decided to stop at whatever restaurant I came across first, as long as it was within my price bracket. I've wasted a lot of time in the past looking for a perfect restaurant in an unfamiliar city. Yes, I realize that there is no such thing as the perfect restaurant. So, when I saw the Perkins sign I decided to try it.
I received a decent welcome as I was handed a menu. Perkins focuses on breakfasts and American standard diner fare: Pot roast, country-fried steak, chicken tenders--you get the idea.
So, I ordered my favorite comfort food: country-fried steak, mashed potatoes and corn. The country fried steak was good, the mashed potatoes real (not reconstituted) and the corn, tasty. I also ordered a side of spinach which to my delight was not the mushy canned variety but a good amount of freshly prepared spinach leaves lightly buttered.
The meal came quickly and was served hot. The waitress came by several times to check that everything was O.K. Near the end of the meal, the manager, too, took the time to stop by and say Hi.
My girth reminds me not to eat bakery goods but, if I do, I'll be sure to try the baked desserts at Perkins next time.
And, there will be a next time.