Recently I checked out the CFS offerings at a couple of local (Edgerton WI) restaurants.
A couple of weeks ago I stopped in at Ray's Restaurant
for some breakfast. The sign out front still says "Ray's Family Restaurant" but the menus now say "Ray's Restaurant", and based on the liquor license renewal notice in the paper this past summer I think Ray might not own it anymore.
The CFS was on the thinner side but still good with a crunchy coating, but I just didn't care for the subtle sweetness of the sausage gravy.
For some reason I had misread the dinner side of the menu and thought that CFS was also available with brown gravy so I went back a couple of weeks later to give it another try. It's actually listed with sausage gravy but the server substituted the brown gravy; she prefers it this way as well.
Usually I eat at the counter but this time I sat in the dining room.
Since it was dinner I started with a bowl of very good bean soup. The beans and vegetables were firm but not hard and the flavor was rich and hearty.
Oh, what a difference the right gravy can make! I knew the CFS itself would be good but the tasty brown gravy really complemented it well, and I even ate most of my succotash...I picked around the carrots.
The other family-style restaurant is the Winchester
at the Edgerton Oasis, located north of town at I-90 exit 160. Since it was an early Friday afternoon I started with a bowl of clam chowder. It wasn't really all that clammy but it was still rich and tasted good.
Like at Ray's the CFS itself had good flavor and the coating had a nice pepperiness to it, and I really like the sausage gravy here. And it's definitely sized to feed a hungry trucker!
A couple of days later Mrs. SC and I stopped in for breakfast and I ordered the "Ponderosa" skillet. It's a bed of cut-up CFS topped with hash browns, gravy, and 2 eggs, and my go-to breakfast order here.
Say...I wonder if the West End Diner
also serves a CFS...
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