Mae’s Place is small cafe located on the junction of Route 1 and 1A (or Post Road and West Main Street curve for those of you who are local.) Mae’s serves breakfast and lunch in a clean, cozy atmosphere. They open promptly at 6:30 and close at 2:30. There is ample parking but getting into and out of the lot can require a tiny bit patience when the Post Road traffic is heavy.
The restaurant is small, but well laid out. There is a glass counter to the right for quick take out. It also does a brisk business.
Already, even though it is the off-season, Mae’s is already building a loyal clientele. The place is immaculate and brightly lit. The service is open and friendly.
The waitstaff is happy, friendly, and knowledgeable. The portions are generous and are freshly made. Food here is solid and even the weekly specials are intended to leave you happy and full rather than simply being “catchy”. Food delivery is very fast considering the kitchen is small. Food arrives cooked to your requirements and hot. Kudos to the cooks in the back.
This is a family place, not a “tie and tails” place. Casual is the norm.
The restaurant is handicap accessible. There is a concrete ramp leading to the main door.
The prices are reasonable and the weekly menu has a number of interesting choices if you want to try something a little bit off the beaten path.
For example, I found the Caramel Apple Belgian Waffle quite tasty. A combination of flavors excellently blended without any one becoming overpowering (which the caramel has a tendency to do.) The apples were not bitter and not overcooked to mush.
A couple of other things to keep in mind.
For those who are Rhode Islanders, Mae’s has johnnycakes. I took along a couple of locals who were both pleased with the offering. Next, Mae’s has hash browns as an option instead of home fries. I tend to avoid the extra carbs from home fries, but I rationalize like crazy to justify good hash browns. Mae’s are very good.
Finally, buy a muffin – or six. At the risk of losing my supply, they have a wonderful raspberry and white chocolate muffin which could easily substitute as a dessert on its own. Mae’s does not skimp on the size or the taste.
So for a good solid breakfast or lunch in a clean atmosphere visit Mae’s.
They’ll be happy to see you, and you’ll be happy you went.