By DONNA LARCEN, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hartford Courant
12:07 PM EST, November 29, 2012
BENNY'S OF SIMSBURY
562 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury
860-651-3700 and http://www.bennysofsimsbury.com
I found Benny's on Facebook when a friend who lives in Savannah posted that her West Hartford dad took her there for a Sunday breakfast. The pictures made it look so homey and she raved about the food. Benny's is that kind of place. A sure thing.
THE VIBE: Benny's is a storefront stop along busy Hopmeadow St. (Rt. 10). There are a few parking spots in front and more in the back. The brick faced building give way to a small restaurant with about 10 tables and a counter in the front window with several high stools. The main ordering counter is busy with takeout and there's a Blue Bunny freezer on the sidewall with ice cream treats. You can see into the gleaming kitchen where Benny himself his tending to the two gyro rotisseries. Be warned that it can be quite busy for weekend breakfasts.
In milder weather there is outdoor seating.
The wait staff is accommodating and polite. They check often and are quite efficient. They place has been under current ownership for about a year.
We talked with a local couple who are working their way through the menu. The woman, who is part of an ambulance crew, says it's a great place for a grab and go lunch.
THE FOOD: Delicious. We went on a Sunday afternoon and breakfast was still being served. We ordered a Greek omelet (feta cheese, spinach, tomatoes) with shredded potatoes and rye toast. Also, two eggs over medium (perfectly done), with a side of corned beef hash and wheat toast.
We smiled when a side order of one pancake came out looking like Mickey Mouse's head with strawberries for eyes and an orange wedge mouth. Kids would love this. (So did we.)
Benny's offers its tasty corned beef hash as a substitute for potatoes, included in the omelet orders. It's extra with other meals.
The coffee was strong, smooth and piping hot.
Benny's offers the usual breakfast offerings plus a Monte Cristo and other egg sandwiches with Canadian bacon, cheese, and lox.
Benny's offers a full lunch menu. The restaurant has gyros, marinated meat slow cooked on a spit served in pita break with onions, tomatoes, lettuce and Tzatskik sauce. Options include chicken or barbecue chicken, lamb and beef, and a combo of all beef, lamb and chicken. Also on the menu are Italian specials, burgers, pizzas and calzones, and sandwiches and wraps. We took out a cheese calzone, which we heated up for the next day's lunch with ample supplies of Benny's excellent tomato sauce.
At dinner Benny's adds seafood (shrimp scampi, calamari, salmon) and grilled specials (rive eye steak, shish kebab, balsamic chicken).
THE BILL: Benny's has a early bird special dinner Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 6 p.m. for $11.95 which includes soup or salad, choice of entree with sides. BYOB.
Our breakfast for two with coffee and juice was under $30. Pizzas come in small and large and range from $12 to $20 for specials and $8.50 to $12.95 with basics plus toppings. Cheese calzone is $8.50. Entrees are $11 to $19.
THE PARTICULARS: Open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Takeout, catering, BYOB. Free delivery on local orders of $15 minimum. Coupons available on takeout menu. Free parking.
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