Pat’s Kountry Kitchen: Kitschy Breakfast Barn in Old Saybrook [CLOSED]

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Pat's Kountry Kitchen is a notable for breakfast and their stuffed animal collection.

Pat Brink’s restaurant Pat’s Kountry Kitchen dates to 1973 and has become a southern Connecticut institution.

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A gigantic teddy bear greets diners at the door in a dress and Santa hat.

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.

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A fireplace in the dining room is littered with a pile of face-down teddy bears.

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.

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A funny sign over the counter reads, “Everyone brings happiness here. Some by coming, some by leaving.” I can only guess at how I brought happiness to Pat’s.

I bypassed the famed Quahog hash; I’ve been burned (and ridiculed) too many times because I ordered seafood at breakfast.

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Red flannel hash ($6.99) incorporated corned beef, pastrami, onions and potatoes, topped with two over-hard eggs and served with a toasted, buttered English muffin.

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.

Breakfast Connecticut

Allison ordered flavorful cinnamon-tinged Texas swirl French toast with crispy bacon strips.

Breakfast Connecticut

Lindsay ordered a vegetable omelette with roasted potatoes.

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.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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