Spending time with my grandmother is something that I deeply cherish. Since my Grampy’s passing in 2010, I’ve done what I can to spend as much time with her as possible. She’s only 82 years young and still kicking.
Last weekend I had extended the invitation to take her out to lunch, as a Christmas present, but of course, Blizzard Nemo had to
snow rain on our parade. This past Monday was a beautiful, but windy day and with it being a holiday, a perfect time to get together.
After seeing some ads on TV for the Cygnet Restaurant in Beverly Farms (not too far from Gram) I thought it would be a perfect place to check out. Years ago, this place used to be a simple diner and bar. Gram and Gramp used to actually take me there for breakfast, so it was cool to see how it had transformed.
We sat in a nice, bright corner of the restaurant and perused the menu. Everything looked good but our server had me sold on the soup of the day: split pea soup. Ever since visiting Quebec back in high school, I have been a big fan of that soup.
There’s was delicious and I really wish I had ordered a bowl instead. It was the perfect consistency with just the right amount of bacon and pepper. I was slurping by the end.
For my dish, I went pretty simple and ordered the grilled cheddar cheese on whole wheat bread.
Whether this a good thing or not, it tasted just like what I would make at home. It’s good because it’s simple, familiar and a tried and true flavor. But not good because…I could have made it at home. The fries were delicious though. They were crispy, mushy and not overly salty. All around, a dish that I enjoyed.
Gram ordered the clam chowder and the quiche of the day with spinach, asparagus and bacon. She seemed to have enjoyed everything as well.
As wonderful as our lunch together was, I wasn’t too impressed with the service. Our server was fine, absolutely, but it was very slow considering that the restaurant was barely full. But overall, some place that I will probably frequent again the next time I am in the North Shore.
Cygnet Restaurant is located at 24 West Street in Beverly Farms, MA.
And another thing I like most about visiting Gram? I never leave empty handed. I came home with a small teddy bear with a freshly knitted sweater (Gram is AMAZING at knitting!), bread & butter pickles, oyster crackers, magazines and a two-tiered serving tray from Pier One Imports. The price is always right at Grams.
What are some things that you love about your family?