by Kat Robinson
I went around 9am on a weekday to check things out. There weren’t all that many people in there when I arrived, and the lone waitress waved her hand and said I could sit anywhere. She came breezing by to ask what I wanted to drink, and when I told her coffee she told me I could help myself, it’s complimentary. She dropped off a menu and went to assist other customers.
I quickly determined my order (it wasn’t hard at all) and gave my waitress back the menu. At the table next to me, there was a gentleman also sipping coffee. He smiled at me momentarily before being drawn back into his menu.
A group of ambulance service folks came in and ordered up. One of the guys saw the gentleman at the other table and went to have a talk. Seems they hadn’t seen each other in a while. They exchanged stories about their children, compared their ages and commented to each other how they needed to stay in touch more.
It’s the French Toast, though. Seriously, this is a doubly divine dish that didn’t need the proffered syrup. Home Plate Diner makes its own cinnamon rolls — they’re ovoids about five inches in length, soft and packed with cinnamon. The cook slices them horizontally into three, batters them and pan fries them before dusting them with powdered sugar. The egg in the batter makes a mice firm custard that has a denser consistency than traditional French toast; the inherent sweetness of the pastry provides all the sweetness necessary. It is quite substantial in itself. I tried it with the syrup, and while the syrup didn’t take anything from the dish, it didn’t add anything to it, either.
Home Plate Diner serves up breakfast Monday through Saturday. You’ll find Home Plate Diner on Prickett Road behind Larry’s Pizza on Highway Five in Bryant. They’re also open for lunch. (501) 847-3331.