Last October, I had been moving all morning, and needed food–hot, yummy, and a lot of it! Since I was just moving in, I had no idea where to look for a delicious brunch, so I did a quick breakfast search on the online yellow pages, and decided to try a hole-in-the-wall joint down the road. Since then, Poor Richard’s Cafe is my new go-to breakfast (okay, let’s admit it, the timing is more like brunch!) place.
Did I mention it looks like a hole-in the wall? I almost didn’t believe the directions my TapYellow app gave me, but sure enough, it was right! Tucked into a strip mall at the southwest corner of Park and Avenue K, it seems a little bleak from the outside. However, you feel right at home as soon as you walk in the door. Though the decor feels like it hasn’t been redone since the 70s or 80s, there is ample seating, greetings as you enter, and smiles on everyone’s faces. There are a million booths and tables, which is good, since it can get really busy on the weekends! However, if there is a wait, or it seems full, don’t despair, the line seems to move quickly regardless. The servers are kind, funny, and make it feel like mom is getting you breakfast! The service is great, and you can just sit back and relax, knowing your food will come out quickly and perfectly every time.
If you want some down-home southern food, this joint has you covered. From the chicken-fried steak with delicious creamy gravy to the delightful eggs benedict with a scrumptious hollandaise sauce, you’ll be sure to lick your plate clean every single time. My favorite part about the menu, however, is that I can get breakfast after 11am! Since they are open until 2:30pm every single day, I can get my breakfast craving even when I wake up late.
While there are a million menu items to choose from, I’m gonna give you an overview of my absolute favorite things about this menu, starting off with their gingerbread pancakes! The gingerbread pancake can come as a side to most entrees, and the sweet spice of the pancake is completely scrumptious, either plain or with syrup on top. While the grits are just plain grits, I love to spice it up with cheese, pepper, and even some eggs to give it some more flavor.
And while we are talking about eggs, we just need to rave about them for a minute!
For those picky egg eaters out there (we see you!), you’ll love this restaurant. You can have your eggs cooked however you like them! From poached to scrambled, you’re sure to be satisfied. But sometimes, you might need to spice up your eggs, and that is where the spicy–but not too spicy–salsa comes in. True to Texan tradition, the menu also has delicious Tex-Mex inspired breakfast options as well, from delicious Migas to Huevos Rancheros.
A Bang for Your Buck
If you are looking for a great deal, you don’t have to look any further. Since eating out in Plano seems to just get pricier and pricier, it is nice to see a place where you can get a full meal for less than $10. And while the prices are the size of Rhode Island, the portions remind you that you are in Texas. I am always completely full with my meal, and sometimes I even bring home leftovers! For a place where the prices are so cheap, I feel like I eat like a queen every time. So do your stomach and wallet a favor, and drive right on down to Poor Richard’s Cafe. No matter what condition you arrive in, you’ll always leave full and happy!
Annie B has been in the hospitality industry for years, and loves writing restaurants reviews in the area.
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