Soap Opera Bistro - breakfast - May 5, 2001
We got to the restaurant around 9:15 and looked at the menu outside. There was a menu of about 6 entrees, and from my scan of the sign, it looked like the entree plus a beverage was $17.99, which seemed a bit steep. The CM came over and told us a bit more about the breakfast, which was more than I think the sign said, so we decided to go in. I requested the "All My Children" Chandler Mansion set (we'd eaten at the "General Hospital" Kelly's Diner set last time, and the next time we have dinner there, it'll be at the "One Life to Live" Llanview Country Club set), and we were brought in there. The set is decorated for Christmas, with a tree and presents, poinsettias and other holiday decorations.
As we were perusing our menu, our waitress came over with our starter platter - a slice of chocolate walnut bread, a slice of blueberry bread, four mini-muffins (apple-walnut, chocolate, blueberry and poppy seed), a danish, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and a huge strawberry. We made our entree choices, ordered orange juice (you have a choice of beverage which pretty much runs the gamut in terms of selection), and started on the platter items.
A little while later, the waitress brought over a large tray containing the following: fruit platter (watermelon, canteloupe, honeydew, grapes, and 2 large strawberries), cheese platter (brie, goat cheese and blue cheese), dried fruits (apricots, raisins and cranberry raisins), trail mix/granola, and banana chips. You told her what you wanted and she dished it out for you.
Once that was done, they brought the entrees. My husband had ordered the beef tenderloin benedict, which was 2 pieces of tenderloin, each with a poached egg (and hollandaise sauce) and steamed asparagas, in two potato skins on top of a bed of country potatoes. I had ordered three blueberry pancakes, but what they brought me was certainly not what I expected. The pancakes were about 9 inches in diameter. If I'm exaggerating, it's not by much. The pancakes were significantly bigger than my bread plate. The pancakes were also about twice the thickness of normal pancakes. After everything else I'd already had, I only ended up eating the equivalent of one pancake. They were very good. Oh, and once you get your entree, the waitress comes around with a plate of sausages and bacon in case you want some of that as well.
Because you only have a choice of entree and everything else is included, there's no way to split an entree, which is too bad because there is so much food, all very good. They do offer to box up what's left of your entree, so if you're staying at a nearby hotel, that might not be a bad idea. Carrying left-over breakfast around the park all day would not be very appealing.
From what I remember, the other entree choices were smoked salmon and poached eggs on country potatos, two kinds of breakfast-type pizza-like items, and banana and walnut waffles.
While we were there, the actors did come around to our room. It wasn't very busy, so they probably had more time to spend with the diners. In the course of their improv, my husband was addressed as Dr. Johnson and was made Chief of Surgery! :) It was a lot of fun, and they managed to include all 5 occupied tables in our room during the course of their banter.
I think the price was very reasonable given what we had, and the service and the actors were terrific.
A definite breakfast recommend from me.
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