KATHY'S PLAYHOUSE PLAZA RESTAURANT

48 South Road (Rt. 83), South Field Corners, Somers

860-265-3690

We can thank Kathy Birkenshaw and her husband Dave for the new life for the Playhouse restaurant. Kathy Birkenshaw worked as a waitress at the eatery for 27 years. In January, 2011, the restaurant closed. She and her husband, owner of Birkenshaw Electric, bought the place. So she's gone from employee to owner.

THE VIBE: We had some Saturday morning errands to run and a friend, who lives near Somers, guided us to one of her favorite breakfast stops. It is set in the South Field Corners strip mall and still sports the "Plaza Restaurant" sign. Inside is a large dining room and a back room with seats at a counter. It's cozy, despite its ample seating area and is the kind of place locals come and call the waitresses by name.

THE FOOD: We had a hearty breakfast, but the restaurant serves lunch, dinner and some bakery desserts and ice cream specialties. We had the house made corned beef hash, served with eggs over easy and toast; house made quiche with home fries and toast; and eggs and crisp bacon. All hit the spot and we sat lazily over endless refills of coffee and caught up with our friend.

This is a comfort food kind of place, with diner-style food. Hot turkey sandwiches with house made gravy, clam strip dinners, chicken Marsala are among the typical offerings. Save room for peanut butter pie or a hot fudge sundae.

Prime ribs are featured on Fridays and Saturdays, (16.95 to $20.95).

THE BILL: Breakfast is under $10 per person; burgers with two toppings and fries or salad are $10.95; Reuben sandwich is $8.75; clam strips entree with rolls and two sides is $11.99; chicken Marsala dinner is $14.99. Pies and cakes are $4.95 to $6.25 (a la mode).

THE PARTICULARS: Open Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m. ti 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Takeout available. There is a full bar.

THE VERDICT: Comfortable, cozy home cooking.