Caffe 101 – Boiling Springs

On Tuesday June 26, 2012 we stopped in at Caffe 101 in Boiling Springs for some outdoor breakfast dining. We picked a nice table in the shady outdoor patio area and then proceeded inside to place our order. They have lots of tempting breakfasts as well as great baked goods, but we went with our standard 2 eggs, home fries and meat which is priced at $4.99. We went back out to the patio and within 8 minutes all our food was brought to us. They were pretty busy, with several small groups dining both inside and outside. Our food was really good, as usual and we had a great breakfast. As we were finishing up a nice couple from Florida walked into the patio area, fresh off the Appalachian Trail. They had started at the beginning of the trail and had walked over 1100 miles so far! While they talked to us about their trip so far and their goal of reaching Maine by September, one of the other diners went inside and arranged for them to have a free breakfast! Super nice! They were very appreciative and we wish good luck to Mike and Lauren on the rest of their journey.

Category              Bill                  Craig                  Kathy

Eggs                       3                     3                         3

Potatoes                 3                     3                         3

Sides                      3                      3                        3

Drinks                     2                      3                        3

Service                    3                      3                        3

Atmosphere            3                       3+                      3+

Cleanliness              3                      3+                      3+

Totals                   20 / 21                21/21                 21/21


The Iron Skillet – Carlisle

On Tuesday June 12, 2012 we rolled in to the Iron Skillet on the Harrisburg Pike in Carlisle. It has been about two years since our last visit, but we haven’t forgotten the great breakfast buffet that they serve every day of the week. Today was no exception. After a quick look at the buffet, which had two kinds of eggs, ham, bacon, pancakes, french toast, scrapple, chipped beef, fruit, salad and more, we decided to go ahead and have the buffet.

We just can’t say enough about how good this place is. It wasn’t crowded, the tables and atmosphere were nice, the service was good and the buffet was GREAT! We all went back three times just to make sure! The scrambled eggs were exceptional, we asked if they did anything special to prepare them so well, but they said not, but the eggs were super.

Category      Bill               Craig                 Kathy

Eggs               3                  3                       3 

Potatoes         2                  3                       3 

Sides              3                  3                        3

Drinks            2                   2                        2

Service          3                   3                         3

Atmosphere    3                  2                         2

Cleanliness     3                  3                         3

Totals          19 / 21            19/21               19/21

Summerdale Diner – Enola

On Tuesday June 5, 2012 we checked in at the Summerdale Diner at 505 North Enola Road  in Enola. To translate that address, it’s on Route 11-15 in Enola near the Summerdale exit and also close to Route 81. Busy, busy, busy is the only way to describe this place. They probably serve more breakfasts in a day than some places serve all week. We were seated right away in a nice booth and the waitress was prompt to take our drink orders. The prices were good, about $2.49 for eggs and home fries, about $4.50 if you added meat. We ordered our benchmark breakfasts, sausage for Craig and Canadian bacon for Bill (40 cents more). As we waited we noticed that people just kept streaming in the door and they were all were sitting in our section. Soon tables were being pulled together the group was getting pretty large. Our food came out and it was just about perfect, great eggs and home fries, good quantity on the meat, a carafe of coffee, we were set. The crowd beside us kept building until there were nearly 40 men seated together. The waitress later told us it was a group of retired railroad workers that come in once a month. Despite how busy she was, our waitress checked back often and brought us our check on time. We were very happy with the breakfast. It did get very noisy with all those people sitting in our area, but overall this was a really good breakfast. We want to give credit to the kitchen, waitress staff and management because to provide consistently good service and meals when you have eighty or more people in your dining room at once takes a lot of skill and teamwork. Good job Summerdale Diner.

Category            Bill              Craig

Eggs                   3                   3

Potatoes             3                   3

Sides                  3                    3

Drinks                2                     2

Service              2                      3

Atmosphere       3                      2

Cleanliness        3                      3

Totals              19 / 21             19/21

The total for our two breakfasts was $13.53.