Picture it: Sunday morning, 9:30 a.m. in White Plains. Two ladies ready to enjoy their Sunday morning breakfast ritual.
Going into in White Plains, I didn’t notice the Christmas lights hanging in the front window, but once inside I did admire the colorful balls hanging from the ceiling. I thought they were lights at first and then realized they were extra large Christmas ornaments—a very festive flair that added charm to the décor of Dorry’s Diner. With the posters of Bruce Springsteen hanging on the walls and his music playing, I can only assume the owner is a huge Springsteen fan.
My breakfast buddy Mela and I ordered a mozzarella, broccoli, tomato and onion egg white omelet, a side of home fries and toast, as well as pancakes with bacon. While we waited for our breakfast, we sipped our coffee.
Speaking of the coffee, it was barely drinkable even after 4 teaspoons of real sugar and a cup of milk added. We were not offered a refill, and for that, we actually rejoiced!
Our omelet was good; the mozzarella was melted evenly throughout and the onion wasn’t overbearing. The home fries were potato chunks that tasted very fresh and not overly seasoned. The pancakes were another story. Though they were fluffy, they were flavorless, even with syrup added. I gathered no one had ever requested real maple syrup before, because the waitress chuckled like I was crazy when I asked for some.
Speaking of the waitress, Mela and I were a bit intimated by her; she seemed really annoyed to have customers, especially since she seemed very busy and alone this particular morning taking care of tables and the counter. I should have known, when I called earlier to make sure they were open and the person on the other end of phone answered with a harsh “Hello.” Truly, I thought I dialed a wrong number and woke someone up.
The atmosphere at Dorry’s was that of a neighborhood joint filled with regulars. We overheard shouts of “See you next week” as other diners made their way out the door. Unfortunately, Mela and I will not be returning any time soon to Dorry’s and I am sure we won’t be missed with our requests for real butter, which they did have and real maple syrup which they didn't. At $21.90, our breakfast was reasonably priced.
468 Mamaroneck Ave.
Mariann Raftery, creator of Somebody's Mom blog, cooks up comfort food recipes for families here at home, as well as sending homemade cookie care packages to our American soldiers overseas. Somebody's Mom Cooking videos at http://www.youtube.com, search "Thesomebodysmom".