Breakfast is the big meal of the day at the Countrie Eatery, formerly known as the Blue Coat Pancake House. There are fine buttermilk pancakes or shillings (silver dollar ‘cakes) filled with bananas or blueberries, or sausage gravy to ladle over biscuits, toast, or English muffins. Creamed chipped beef is also on the menu, but the items we like best are French toast, of which there are two special varieties, one made with cinnamon bread, the other with seed-dotted sunflower bread. The latter is served as three long, thick pieces that are soft, moist, and nearly as eggy as pudding, dusted with powdered sugar. We got ours with a side order of scrapple – two thick slices from the loaf, fried until crunchy on the outside, but moist and porky within.
At lunch you can have a crab cake sandwich, a big sirloin burger, or a hot sandwich made with turkey, pork, or beef and real mashed potatoes. Every day the Countrie Eatery offers one all-you-can-eat special for $7.25. Monday = chicken ‘n’ dumplings, Tuesday = stuffed peppers, Wednesday = lasagna, Thursday = beef stew, Friday = fried chicken, Saturday = chicken livers.
The Countrie Eatery is a three-meal-a-day coffee shop with Colonial-style primitive art and implements on its walls. Somewhat out of synch with Ye Olde Atmosphere are the paper placemats at every table that advertise Bee Pollen (“natural antibiotic and rejuvenator”) and Apple Cals (“lose weight, protect bones”), both of which are available for sale at the cash register.