Dine Out: Your Way Restaurant serves up breakfast and lunch - Wicked Local Sharon
Everything old becomes new again, thoughts of impermanence mingling sadness and hope as death begets new life, withering begets flourishing. Thus I thought as my family headed into Your Way Restaurant on Locust Street in Fall River, a fairly new diner that occupies the same space where I once breakfasted years ago at 609 Locust and even further back at the old Manila Jade in the 1990s. Actually, that’s a lie — I was thinking, “I like pancakes.”
Your Way opened last year. It’s a cute place inside but tiny, with the grill, a cake and pastry counter, some bar seating and maybe five or six tables all crammed into a room smaller than my vavó’s parlor. Chalkboards mounted on the walls note the day’s specials and menu highlights. But one cool thing that separates Your Way from the others is its commitment to the community, offering a Pay It Forward meal you can buy for 5 bucks that feeds a homeless person, which is a thing you should absolutely do.
My wife, 7-year-old daughter and I took a seat at a table one Sunday morning and had a look at the menu. It didn’t take long — Your Way’s menu offers only a few options, both for breakfast and lunch, but the choices are thoughtfully designed.
We sipped at our mugs of hot coffee ($1.69) and apple juice ($1.19). The reasonably priced omelettes on the menu are around $7 each, including the Primavera, with pico de gallo, avocado and cheddar jack, or the Fall Riv with chouriço, peppers, onions and cheddar. Egg combos range from $3 for a basic egg sandwich to $7 for a scramble with the works.
Larger appetites can find something great on the menu too, like the loaded French toast with whipped cream, cinnamon syrup and granola ($5.50) or the Pirate’s eyes, or toast with a fried egg in the center with bacon and sausage, a dish my late mother-in-law used to call “egg in a hole” ($7.50). There are also Dutch babies, or large, fluffy pancakes filled with various toppings, like the Limão e Açúcar, or lemon and sugar ($7), the Valentine, with strawberries and chocolate syrup ($7), or the classic with butter and sugar ($5.50).
My hungry daughter skipped the kids’ menu options, mainly smaller versions of the full menu items, and ordered two full-size chocolate chip pancakes ($5.77) and a side of bacon ($2). I wanted something a little sweet and savory, so I picked the cinnamon dulce plate, featuring grilled coffee cake with whipped cream and cinnamon syrup, with two eggs, sausage and an English muffin ($7.50).
My wife is a beef lover and asked about the steak bomblette special on the chalkboard, thinking it was as the name implies a steak bomb inside an omelette, but our server said, “Oh, you want lunch?” So a little confused, she changed her mind and picked the Mom’s breakfast, consisting of two pancakes, two eggs, marble toast and corned beef hash ($7.50). Later that meal, I’d overhear someone else order the steak bomblette, and it actually was an omelette as we’d thought. Not sure what happened there.
We sat through, I felt, a rather lengthy wait for breakfast, considering there weren’t that many people in the joint — and we never got checkups and refills on the coffee, either, with our server friendly but mostly MIA even in such a small room. Eventually, she brought our food to the table, some dishes pretty cold.
What arrived was mostly correct, though my wife was missing her toast and had somehow gotten a dish of home fries she didn’t order instead. She poked her over-easy eggs to find deliciously runny yolks but no toast to dunk — after giving it a few minutes, I had to track down our server and ask for it. My wife’s corned beef hash was unlike any hash we’ve ever had. Instead of being diced potatoes and meat, it was chunked — mostly home fries with a few hunks of corned beef, which should be the same thing as corned beef hash but is not the same thing at all. The home fries, including the extra dish we received, were tender, not quite toasty enough, and bland. She was left a little disappointed by it all — and with an itchy throat after she’d eaten something likely contaminated by nuts, even though she’d mentioned her nut allergy.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I’d ordered grilled coffee cake, but had assumed it might be like a fluffy, light dish mostly like a cinnamon roll. Instead the grilled cake was literally two slabs of cake — thick, dark brown, and dense. The syrup and whipped cream drizzled on top had soaked in, evidence that this had been sitting too long before being served. It crumbled when I took a fork to it, making it kind of difficult to pick up and eat. It hit the spot in terms of sweetness, though it was heavy and I could only manage one of the two slices before I had to tap out.
My daughter was the same, having downed her two pancakes in the space of a few minutes and rocking back in her chair, hands on her stomach. We headed out after I paid a little over $25 before tax and tip — although when I checked my receipt a day or so later, I’m not sure the server actually charged me for the 20% tip I for sure left on a copy of the receipt. I’m not a deadbeat, I swear.
A couple of days later, I showed up again for lunch, this time solo — you can’t review a breakfast and lunch place without checking out the lunch. They’re joining the city’s illustrious collection of Coney Island hot dog joints, with dogs from $1.50 like the São Miguel topped with ketchup, mustard, mayo, onions, hot sauce, potato sticks and cole slaw ($2). There are a few burger options too from $4 for a basic Wimpy to the Lumberjack with two patties, bacon and an egg ($7.50). I bellied up to the counter and asked the chef for an Italian burger, with balsamic vinaigrette, Swiss, onion and tomato ($6.50), and a cup of decaf.
This time, the service was quicker, and before long I had a beautiful-looking though teensy burger on a saucer before me with a bag of salt and vinegar chips on the side. The burger patty itself was small — too thin where doneness preferences really don’t matter — and made for a light lunch, but was deliciously flavored with the mild Swiss, and the vegetable toppings were fresh with lots of bite. I paid the $6.50 before tax and tip — realizing only later that this time they’d forgotten to charge me for the coffee. It made for a quick, cheap, and cozy lunch stop.
Address: 609 Locust St., Fall River
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Handicapped access: yes
Credit cards: yes
food: 3.5 stars
Service: 3 stars
Atmosphere: 4 stars
Cleanliness: 4.5 stars
Price/Value: 4 stars
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