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Somebody's Mom: Bellas Restaurant Breakfast Review

Bellas Homemade Toast

Searching for places to have breakfast in Tarrytown, came up first in my search. It could have been because it is in the beginning of the alphabet or it could be because it is the No. 1 place for breakfast in Tarrytown. 

I made my decision after researching a few places to visit for breakfast, because when I called Bellas to confirm that indeed they were open, and yes, they had a full breakfast menu. The lady on the other line sounded so peppy and happy early on a Sunday morning. Plus she told me that everything is wonderful. So confident in her statement, I had to find out if it was true.

Mela—my breakfast companion—and I arrived at Bellas Restaurant in Tarrytown, which was easy to find by the way, at 9:40 a.m. on a Sunday morning. We both felt it was a good sign that there was only one free table available. There was a homey atmosphere; the place is small but large on service, friendliness and good food. 

After I took out my camera to photograph our breakfast, our waitress—a real pro in customer service, Kelly Arrigo, from Peekskill—said Mela and I were cute.  She thought we were just two quirky ladies especially after my crazy requests.  Kelly was perfect, happy and went with the flow. We liked her and kicked in more than our usual 20 percent tip on the bill to prove it.

Coffee was delicious, not too strong at all, with great flavor and served in a large coffee mug. We were offered more coffee without asking and also given Splenda on request. We ordered a broccoli, mozzarella and onion egg-white omelet with home fries on the side. 

For our toast, Bellas offers Bellas toast, which was one thick slice of what seemed like homemade white bread like the kind my mom used to bake. It looked so good that we paid extra for one more slice so we didn’t have to share. The home fries were crunchy and paprika-seasoned but not too much. The omelet was smaller in size than we usually get at other places, but nonetheless enjoyable.

We also ordered their buttermilk pancakes, with bacon on the side. No maple syrup to pay extra for, because at Bellas customers bring their own bottle of real maple syrup and leave it at the restaurant for when they come in. That was definitely the first time I heard that. 

We were able to get real butter in the pats, and the pancakes were light, tender and tasty. When Kelly served the bacon, she was so cute. She said, “If it isn’t crispy enough for you, I can bring it back.” We loved her, and the bacon was crispy enough.

At $21.85 plus a generous tip, Bellas was by far our most economical breakfast to date. 

Don’t be fooled by the Restaurant/Donut Shop sign in the window; Bellas is so much more than a doughnut shop. As Mela commented on the chalk board menu in the window as we left, “Nice place, I really enjoyed it and I want to come back to try their soup!”

You will too once you try Bellas Restaurant.     

Bellas Restaurant 
5 S. Broadway 
Tarrytown
914-332-0444

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".

Jane for May 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I have eaten at Bella's about 4 times in the 20 yrs I have lived here ... There breakfast is no big deal at all.. It's like any other breakfast you get at any diner... There coffee is horrible ... Very weak ... Taste like warm water with milk
Arrow May 20, 2012 at 01:42 PM
As a reviewer who has visited dozens of restaurants in cities and towns fronting the east bank of the Hudson in Westchester county, the restaurant row fanning out, in three of the four directions, from the visually delightful Tarrytown four corners, has as much variety of food types, service types and ambience types as one would ideally find in a city of this size, which is why so many restaurants can comfortably cohabit the restaurant row ,each hopefully making profit from their steady customer fans and groupies. There is fabulous food at one, fabulous ambience at another, fabulous coffee house kitsch at another, hint of tea in the laid back communities southwest of London at another, a hint of possibly a fancy hotel dining room poshness at another, none being truly that five star top of the line fine dining restaurant which DOES exist in this part of the county. Bella's is charming, if that is what you like, friendly if that is what you like, relaxing if that is what you like, get you one your way back to work or on the train in plenty of time with a full belly and a satisfied feeling if that is what you like, but a downscale level "diner with a counter" type, whose food and service is unpolished and whose customers are largely not those business and professional people and touristy and yuppie types who are seen heading for its competitors.
SAYWHAT May 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM
You're reviewing Bella's glowingly? Are you joking? it's a dime a dozen greasy spoon. This is exactly why Patch is going out of business.
Jane For May 20, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I agree with "saywhat" The coffee is horrible it's warm water with a splash of milk and it's just another dime a dozen places
Mariann Raftery May 20, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Not everyone enjoys the same movie, book or breakfast; and that's what makes the world go 'round.
Aidan Young May 24, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I love Bellas
Lori Elia May 24, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I've been going to Bella's for years and I LOVE it!! Best breakfast, best coffee, best soup, and best service in town! There are a group of regulars who have breakfast every morning at Bella's, so I know I'm not the only one who thinks Bella's is the best!
Edd Jimenez June 07, 2012 at 08:55 PM
ED J. I don't know what Jane for & Saywhat are smoking, but Bellas is a staple in Tarrytown. The food is good (like grandma use to make), the staff is good. the coffe is good and best af all the price is good. I agree with Lori, Bellas is the Best!!!!
Emily S. July 01, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Yum! I love the french toast! The place makes me smile! Kind of like this: :)

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