TV families would understand 'Timeless Favorites'
I haven't been to Perkins Bakery and Restaurant in the Oaks Mall Plaza in a long time.
Way back when, I drove south to Ocala and then to Wildwood for my employment, and I would often start my day off with a quick Perkins breakfast. Frequently I was the hero at work
because I would bring a dozen Perkins Mammoth Muffins to the office to treat my workmates.
Yep, Perkins was a good way to start my work day as I, "head out on the highway," driving South in the early morning.
Entering Perkins for lunch, I quickly noticed there wasn't a lot of change since the last time I was at this stalwart, long-time Oaks Mall neighbor.
Success also comes from the predictability and sameness the Perkins customer will find regardless what shopping mall s/he happens to be in. People, eaters like routine. Perkins is routine driven. Another way to describe thePperkins charm is consistency. That is probably the major factor in the success of chain restaurants. It may not be great, but it is probably consistently good and if you order the same thing every time you go, it will be very similar if not exactly the same as the last time you had it.
The PB&R franchise modus operandi must work for the approximately 440 restaurants they have presently open for business nationwide. That number of restaurants, fellow GLOBers, has success written all over it: Founded in 1958, Perkins Restaurants offer consumers in 34 states and five Canadian provinces a full menu of over 90 assorted breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert items. All that and they serve breakfast all day.
For this lunch time visit, I was essentially a Perkins lunch time newbie. That's OK, I've seen this menu before, many times before, this lunch stop.
Shakespeare always says it best: "A rose by any other name . . ." Well, let me update the expression: "A Club Sandwich named differently by any other chain restaurant would taste as good." Thus, the menu items may have had a little different name, but the lunch items did not surprise this lunchouter.
There I was getting ready to munch down on a lunch that would have made the Beaver Cleaver TV family unhappy to eat at home, the Brady Bunch munch in unison, and the Full House family tone deaf with jealousy.
I'm talking about lunch items every GLOBer should know and love: On the Perkins menu under the Timeless Favorites category, they are Top Sirloin Steak, Harvest Salads, Better Burgers, Sandwich Board, Roast Beef Dinner, Grilled Pork Chops, Country Fried Steak, and Butterball Turkey Dressing.
Come on, what more could America ask for than, no matter where in the world you are, than a consistent, same-old-entree Perkins lunch?
I was feeling red, white, and blue sitting in America's lunch stop, so I selected the Butterball Turkey and Dressing for lunch. The menu let me know that my lunch consisted of "Oven-roasted and hand-carved slices of turkey breast, served on home style sage dressing with hearty turkey gravy and cranberry sauce."
I'm paraphrasing an epicurious-type response here: "The turkey dressing was good. What I would've done was add some onion, Anaheim peppers, pieces of dark turkey meat, and gobs of celery. My family would have loved this dressing and asked me to make it again."
The turkey breast was good, although a little dry, but isn't that why someone discovered gravy? The gravy enhanced the meat and accentuated the dressing. I even gave serious consideration to trying the gravy on my ho-hum cranberry relish. Yes relish; it was not the jellied-jelloed cranberry.
Do you think the turkey gravy comes to 'Perkins Store #27' in 5-gallon cans, or 25-gallon drums?
Lucky for the GLOB Master, the turkey dinner pictured on the Perkins website looked just like mine. In fact their picture is better than mine so I am using their photo.
I don't mean to sound critical. Perkins Bakery & Restaurant obviously serves a purpose that makes a lot of customers very happy. And the TFBT&D (Timeless Favorite Butterball Turkey & Dressing) worked for me.
When I paid for my lunch, I picked up a dozen of the Perkins Mammoth Muffins for old time's sake. I thanked the friendly server and as I left the dining room I told no one in particular, "I'm coming back!"
The Pluses and Minuses of Perkins Bakery and Restaurant:
Perkins Bakery and Restaurant + indicators: In know this is the a LUNCH blog, but I just have to say that a Perkins breakfast and a stop at the Perkins Bakery is an excellent way to start your day.
Perkins Bakery and Restaurant - indicators: I drove around the parking lot more than once for that lunch.
Offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Perkins Restaurant & Bakery. Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments. - THANKS!
- Phone Number: 331-0038
- Address: 6825 W. University Ave., Gaineville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: Newberry Road
- Web Site: Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
- Latitude: 29.659253
- Longitude: -82.415687
Mindy E. Friday, 14 September 2012 11:16 Comment Link
If you have ever tasted their baked goods, think "Strawberry Pie", you will go back again!
John Wednesday, 14 September 2011 09:55 Comment Link
Had medical tests Tuesday at NFRH that required going w/o solids for a day and was soooooooooooooo hungry afterwards that headed to closest restaurant. Best breakfast place in town because it is tasty, fresh, fast and consistent. Baked goods fantastic and how can you pay your bill w/o buying something to take with you. Wife remarked that at the 10 a.m. time we were there it looked like an AARP meeting but I guess that is a good sign since us old folks have a lot of history of eating!! But gets real crowded on weekends.
Pam H. Friday, 27 August 2010 10:21 Comment Link
Very good blueberry pancakes. That's my all-time favorite. My husband always gets the sausage-cheese omelet and relishes every forkful. This restaurant is very much like most chain restaurants, i.e., Denny's, Bob Evans, etc., in that it's cooked to order, but usually somewhat "institutional" in flavor and eye appeal. I'm not knocking that because their food is extremely good, but it's not like a hometown, locally owned business. The wait staff are always pleasant, efficient and happy to help you however they can.
+ = blueberry pancakes
- = it's a chain, so not quite like a local place