‘Tis the season to spend your weekends doing all kinds of festive Christmas-y stuff with your family. Recently, Mrs. Grub Guy, the boy, the wife’s parents and I all piled into the car and took a quick trip out to Chalfont, PA in Bucks County to visit the Byers’ Choice factory. The factory is a spectacular place that offers free access to the public and group tours through their showroom/museum/factory/gift shop year round, but it’s especially fun this time of year, and the wife absolutely loves their Carolers figures. Anyway, we decided to make a day of it and we started with a hearty breakfast at nearby Chalfont Family Restaurant.
I knew nothing about Chalfont Family Restaurant until I found it on Yelp. There I found lots of praise for their breakfasts, so I figured this would be a good place to fuel up before our holiday fun. When we arrived at around 9:30 AM on Saturday morning, the dining room was lively and the sounds of large families and groups of friends enjoying each others company, and their breakfasts, echoed throughout the building (it had cleared out a lot while we were eating, and before I took this picture as we were leaving). The place was clean, well lit, and comfortable.
They serve total diner breakfast food and family restaurant favorites. Nothing in their 6 page breakfast menu blew me away as I browsed and considered, but it all sounded pretty darn good and filling. I’m not sure if this makes sense, but they did have a small “Mexican specialties” section on the menu which seemed a little out of place even if the food didn’t – dishes like a breakfast quesadilla, breakfast burritos and a couple of other things. It’s kinda cool that the guy in the back making the Huevos a la Mexicana was the same guy cooking your pancakes and scrapple. I love diversity, even in places where it’s unexpected.
We all ordered some pretty typical diner breakfasts, like the Chalfont Special #1 ($7.25), which consisted of two eggs, breakfast meat (sausage links, bacon, pork roll or scrapple), home fries and toast.
Mrs. Grub Guy ordered the Eggs Benedict ($7.95). It was a tasty version of this classic dish. The Canadian bacon was more of a slab of meat rather than the thin stuff you get at most places. We weren’t complaining.
The boy and my FIL both had a huge portion of Creamed Chipped Beef w/ home fries ($5.45). There were actually two slices of wheat toast under all of that gravy.
And a side of thick-cut Pork Roll ($2.50).
I ordered the Chalfont Special #3 ($9.95), which was a big breakfast meal consisting of two eggs, home fries, some really tasty sausage links and two pieces of sourdough French Toast. Our waitress told me that their French Toast is her favorite breakfast, so I went with this meal as opposed to Special #2 (which included pancakes instead).
I wish I would have gotten the pancakes. The French Toast was sliced very thin, almost like the way a New York deli slices rye bread for a sandwich, and was overcooked on one side. In fact, I think they may have actually forgotten to soak the top side in the egg before they grilled it, because one side felt soft and custardy, the way French Toast should be, and the top side was dry…like toast. Needless to say, I didn’t finish this plate.
On the way out, I spied this case of delicious-looking cakes and pies that I had wished I would have saved room for!!
Chalfont Family Restaurant did what it was supposed to do – it filled our bellies for the morning. Was it the best breakfast ever? No. But it was decent, despite a couple of missteps. As I said, they were really busy when we got there that morning, so that might have had something to do with it. Their home fries, sausage links and decent Eggs Benedict were maybe enough to warrant a possible return trip in the future if we’re in the area and hungry.
Chalfont Family Restaurant is located at 36 W. Butler Ave, Chalfont, PA 18914 (MAP). They’re open Sunday – Wednesday, 6:00 Am – 3:00 PM and Thursday – Saturday, 6:00 Am – 9:00 PM. For more info you can check them out on Facebook or at their website.