Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Fine Mess

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 12:21 PM

click to enlarge Biscuits and gravy to ease you into the daylight. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Biscuits and gravy to ease you into the daylight.
Trinidad's reputation as "a drinking town with a fishing problem" means it's also a town that needs a solid recovery breakfast. Lucky the place is small enough that the Trinidad Bay Eatery (607 Parker St.) is only a short stumble away. A plate of fluffy cut-out buttermilk biscuits split and blanketed with white bacon gravy might be enough to steady you ($5.99). If nothing else, the pale expanse will blot out those fuzzy memories and thoughts of the gym.
  
click to enlarge The Sailor's Mess after a stormy night. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The Sailor's Mess after a stormy night.
But if you're still puzzling over what to do with the drunken sailor, the Sailor's Mess might be called for ($11.99). Order it and your sympathetic server will bring you a plate filled to the edges with hash browns and topped with onions and peppers (vegetables!), a trio of eggs and three strips of bacon. Hidden beneath those eggs is a ladleful of that bacon gravy, which is a fine idea. The potatoes are all you want from hash browns — a flattened haystack that's crisp on the surface and steamy and soft within. And, wonder of wonders, it's by no means a greasy affair but an actual meal to fortify you and help you regain your sea legs.

click to enlarge Warm icing melts into a hot cinnamon roll. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Warm icing melts into a hot cinnamon roll.
If you're there when the cinnamon rolls come out of the oven, get one ($2.99). The spiral of pastry — taking up the table like a coiled fire hose — is doused with warm icing just before serving. The sugar melting into the simple dough is comforting rather than decadent to pull apart and nibble with black coffee — just the thing you need. 


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