3 Brothers Restaurant in Woodstock in one of those places that I've driving by so many times but simply never stopped in.
Located at the corner of Route 47 and Lake Avenue, it's hard to get anywhere in Woodstock without driving past. On Thursday morning, we decided it was time to stop in for breakfast.
They serve it all day and they have one item that was sure to make the younger diners in my group happy - Mickey Mouse pancakes.
We parked out front, the parking lot wasn't packed, and were able to seat ourselves right away at a booth near the front. Within minutes, my coffee cup was full, the kid drinks had reached the table and we were ready to go.
Two of my fellow diners picked the Mickey Mouse chocolate chip pancakes, the only question was if they wanted all the toppings, which mean cherries and whipped cream. One said no to both, the other just wanted the whipped cream. Within a few minutes, that diner changed her mind and - when our server stopped back at our table - we added cherries to the order.
She couldn't have been kinder about it. In fact, that was the theme of our experience at 3 Brothers.
Sometimes younger diners can have seemingly weird asks or change their mind. Our server was amazing when that came up each time.
One of our diners eats gluten free, so sometimes breakfast can be tricky. Scrambled eggs and bacon are always an option. But, when there's something else, that diner will explore it.
At 3 Brothers, there is gluten-free french toast and that diner was happy with that. When it arrived, she saw the Mickey Mouse pancakes and asked if she could get whipped cream too, which led the third diner to ask the same.
Within two minutes, they both had it. Again, our server was great.
The Mickey Mouse pancakes were large, they were perfectly formed, they were fun shaped and also they were really good. I might have snuck a few bites while helping one of my fellow diners cut it into pieces.
At this point I'll remind you that they have breakfast all day long. Because it was good.
As I usually do, I was looking for either a skillet or a unique benedict and I found one with 3 Brothers' pot roast benedict. Like the gluten-free french toast, it's marked as a new option on the menu and I applaud a place that keeps expanding even though it's been a Woodstock staple since it arrived in 1980.
The pot roast was tender and the mix of the hollaindaise sauce with the poached eggs, pot roast meat, English muffin and hash browns was simply perfect.
We all finished up and, just as we were, a server came by and asked if we could get anything else. He quickly got us a few lemonades and a water.
Then we paid our bill and were headed out. As we stepped outside, all three of my fellow diners commented on how nice everyone was at the restaurant.
Younger diners don't always notice that, but this time it was abundantly clear.
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