Fresh blueberries and baked cinnamon apples tumbled from between two pieces of Texas French toast. The delicately sprinkled powder sugar dissolved upon contact with the blueberry juices and syrup, which spread across the plate. Although probably containing a week’s worth of sugar, the stuffed French toast was well worth the indulgence.
The specializes in breakfast fare, but also offers a number of lunch dishes for those craving a sandwich or salad over a stack of pancakes. The restaurant sits inconspicuously along Boston Post Road, easy to miss if not on the lookout for it.
The interior of The Big Apple is also unassuming – quaint and clean but lacking the character that will leave a lasting impression. However, a quick conversation with owner Jamila Neves reveals that the restaurant is in the process of an extensive makeover.
“We took over The Big Apple just more than one year ago, although the restaurant has been here for more than 10 years,” Neves said. “The place was struggling when we bought it. We’ve already changed seventy percent of the original menu and all ingredients are now fresh. The next step is to remodel the interior.”
If the new menu and food are any indicators, one can be assured that a unique atmosphere to match the quality food and friendly service will soon follow. Jamila and her husband John do not use canned or frozen ingredients, and John can be found behind the grill cooking seven days a week.
The eggs benedict and mammoth “Break The House” (Texas French toast, buttermilk pancakes, home fries, two eggs any style and a choice of bacon, ham or sausage) are two of the most popular dishes among the regulars. If tired of the same-old buttermilk pancake, spice up your morning by trying one of the deep-fried mini potato cakes, topped with sour cream or applesauce.
John whips up fresh, giant homemade muffins every day. Blueberry and corn muffins are the staple flavors, but on the weekends you might be able to snatch up a banana nut or chocolate chip muffin. Tip: Ask to have your muffin grilled … it will forever change your attitude toward muffins.
The Big Apple Restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., seven days a week. They are located at 331 Boston Post Road East, and their phone number is 508-229-2829.