After a night of enjoying Alexandria Bay’s lively nightlife, our eightsome was in need of a greasy breakfast before hitting the alleys of the Thousand Islands Country Club. And we certainly could not find a greasy spoon quite like Beefer’s.
A breakfast buffet family restaurant, it is located on the State Route 12 just on the way out of Alexandria Bay, Beefer’s is open six days a week until at least 11h30 or until later if they are busy. It is closed on Tuesdays, for some strange reason.
And, what do you know, the original “Beefer’s” is back, as Bobby Williams decided that the breakfast business in Alexandria Bay was too good to stay out of any longer. He apparently “renovated everything and built a new state-of-the-art buffet area that is designed to impress.” Well, some might be easily impressed, so good job Bobby W. Perhaps you could spend a little more time upgrading the bathrooms, though. Just a thought.
The buffet is quite diversified for a breakfast-only place, but it certainly doesn’t have the quality you can find in upper scale hotels. It consisted of scrambled eggs – with or without onions and peppers, home fries - with or without onions and peppers, hashbrowns, pancakes – regular or blueberries, French toasts, pastries, muffins, a toast station, english muffins, biscuits, fresh fruits, bacon, ham, corn beef hash, sausages, sausage gravy. Yes, sausage gravy.
I don’t know about you, but that item, I didn’t even go near it. I was actually afraid something would jump out of the grey slime and grab me. Oh, and there was a chocolate fondue fountain too!
For all-you-can-eat, you pay 9.99$, plus an extra 2.00$ for a bottomless drink. I don’t drink coffee, so I ordered a Sierra Mist, Pepsi’s response to Sprite and 7 Up. I have to admit it is a very good lemon-lime soft drink, quite refreshing and not too sweet, perfect to balance the fat I was about to consume.
I choose both my home fries and my scrambled eggs with peppers and onions. The eggs were not bad, considering the mass production, and the veggies added a nice twist to the eggs. It didn’t worked as well for the home fries, which were way too soft and way to soggy to be enjoyable. Some of them were even burned, but yet not crunchy. How that can happen is beyond me.
The corn beef hash were also soggy, but in that case it kind of worked – the moisture coming from the corn beef fat and not exclusively from steam. The bacon was crisp and not overcooked, and was the highlight of my meal. Not too salty either. The sausages were small and a little dry by moment. Not exquisite, not juicy enough, but nevertheless edible. The ham was overcooked and chewy because of it.
I cleaned my palate with a serving of strawberries, bananas and pineapple. No chocolate, I abstained on that one, so I can’t really tell you about it. But it was a very popular items with the kids, I can tell you that much. And, in the end, I survived Beefer’s Gorilla Buffet. And I got the t-shirt to prove it.
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