If I want to drive to Buffalo, I normally travel on I-90 or Route 20. I might just take Route 5 from now on. The trip to the Freeport Restaurant is beautiful. Most of the drive is about a block from Lake Erie, and with the grape season coming to a close and the leaves starting to change, the scenic road is almost as good as the food.
This weekend was my first trip out there, and I had some fantastic company. Newlyweds Brian and Becky Kurtz joined Amanda and me for breakfast. Amanda and I got there a few minutes before them, and as soon as we were seated, I was spotted by North East celebrity Steve Greg. Steve gave me a few suggestions about what to order, but I quickly let him finish his breakfast and go on with his day.
The restaurant stops serving breakfast at 11:15 a.m., so in order to get our food in time, we ordered without Brian and Becky (though we did call to find out what they wanted). Our server, Tina, suggested the Freeport Sampler as well as any of their pancakes. She also informed us that they smoke all of their bacon and ham fresh in house as well as make three types of homemade sausage. For Brian, we ordered plain pancakes, bacon and a cheese danish. We thought Becky would like the sampler. Amanda ordered a sweet potato pancake, and I got the sampler as well. We also placed an order for some Buoys (their name for Scotch eggs), a suggestion from Steve.
Shortly after Brian and Becky arrived, our food arrived. We split the Buoys (which came with a side of homemade spicy mustard.) The Buoys are a quarter of a hard boiled egg wrapped in fresh country sausage, rolled in spiced breadcrumbs and deep fried. Dipping these in the mustard was the perfect way to start the meal.
Though I got the sampler, I felt as though I had to try the two types of pancakes at the table. Amanda cut me a piece of her sweet potato cake, topped with cinnamon sugar butter. It might have been the best pancake I have ever eaten. With the butter already being sweet, there was no need to use syrup. The pancake was light and fluffy yet still really moist. I then moved on to the plain pancake. I figured it had to be good. My prediction was right; it was sweet and buttery and needed very little syrup.
On to my food. The sampler consisted of eggs (I got mine scrambled), home fries with onions, all three of their in-house meats, and sourdough toast. The eggs were good, the potatoes were very well seasoned and the fried onions were a perfect touch. I got the hot sausage, a slice of smoked ham and fresh smoked bacon. With a little maple syrup on the bacon and ham, the sweetness of the syrup really brought out the smokiness of the meat. The sausage had just the right amount of heat and really made my meal.
Though it is a bit of a drive from downtown Erie, the scenery and the food makes the trip to the Freeport Restaurant completely worth it. Thank you to Tina for the great service and hospitality. I hope to come back soon.
Until next time,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food