Pat Brink’s restaurant, which dates to 1973, has become a southern Connecticut institution.
The restaurant could easily be called “Pat’s Kountry Kitschen.” I was happy to see that two of my patron saints, Jane and Michael Stern, were immortalized (again) on the wall near the entrance; their Taste of America column from Wednesday, October 15, 1986, profiles Pat’s and even includes the famous Quahog hash recipe.
The teddy bear pile-on is cute but disturbing, almost like a mass grave. I was particularly bothered by the panda crammed face first in the hole in the wall.
I bypassed the famed Quahog hash; I’ve been burned (and ridiculed) too many times because I ordered seafood at breakfast.
The hash, eggs and buttery English muffin made for a good breakfast sandwich. The hash developed a nice crust on the grill, but retained a silky interior.
I was happy to discover that such a kitschy restaurant could deliver such a good breakfast. I’m convinced that their limited menu helps their cause. Pat’s Kountry Kitchen doesn’t prepare many dishes, but the ones they do make, they make well.
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