THE CROSSROADS WHERE COMMUNITY AND TOURISTS UNITE
As I started my morning off at a campsite with no shower-house to be found in the wee hours of the morning, I went in search of coffee to kill time until the office was open and I could ask about the amenities. Luckily, GPS took me in circles, which assisted me in getting pulled over by officer friendly who informed me my brake lights were not working; Both were out and kindly issued a warning.
There is something about the American Family Restaurants: a consistency and dependability that you can count on no matter where you travel. From the 4-6 page menus filled with breakfast to dinner photos sending visual invitations that excite the taste buds and prepare the body for anticipated satisfaction.
Friendly Staff – calling the regulars by name, the Owner, Sonny Maksuti – Jumping into action to greet everyone who honors him with a visit.
The Display Case – filled with cakes and fresh Pies enticing the brain to go straight to dessert, The Daily Specials – located on the back page of the menu and a list of extra specials on a huge display board visible from the door, and The Locals – a gathering of the community sharing stories, talking across tables, and invite the tourists without hesitation into the conversation …… it gives you a feeling of home.
Offering everything from breakfast to dinner and deserts, there is so many choices, I found my self in a conundrum of indecisiveness.
The Family Restaurant in Two Rivers is no different. After the morning I had, I just wanted the comfort provided by this establishment and they delivered. They deliver the lifeblood of community and brought serenity to my soul. I loved the counter seating in the front of this establishment that started with 3 men and coffee and quickly expanded to a crew. The owner not only greeted me but seated me, brought me coffee, water, and a menu. With Megan, the only server I saw hustling to get her side work completed and prepare for the rush about to ensue, was genuine. She had a kindness to her eyes, no fakeness in her smirky conversational smile, and just down to earth. I felt like I stumbled across an old friend, gathering tidbits of info as she walked by. With no stumble to her step, she matched the pace of incoming groups, serving the 10 tables/booths, and counter crew with an easy flow. She kept the coffee flowing, adding tasks along the walk to keep up and never missed a step. I have about 10 years of server experience and she was impressive with her calm disposition and steady pace.
I opted for the Gyro Omelets that arrived overstuffed with Greek goodness. The gyro meat was cut in perfect bite size pieces, the onions and green peppers were grilled tender enough to be fully cooked with a slight crisp allowing the flavor to burst with every bite, and the delicate balance of feta cheese blending everything into mouthwatering goodness. Simply Amazing. (The picture was taken upon reaching the full level: The savory flavors and aromas beckoned me to devour it upon arrival to the table).
The cross-table conversations invoked a family table throughout the dining area, every table interacting… where are you from… how did you two meet…. I went to school there … what brings you here… and the atmosphere filled with an energy style of reunion connections. Now I have the mindset and disposition to start this day and make it great.
I recommend this establishment for anyone in the area who want to experience a taste of the community integrity of the local residents.
Two Rivers Family Restaurant,
3015 Tannery Rd
Two Rivers, Wisconsin