Such a tempting thing it is to borrow from “The Bard.”
His words ring true centuries hence and come softly to mind upon our first visit to a new establishment in a familiar place.
“A rose by another name would smell as sweet,” I thought to myself at the conclusion of our evening at the newly-opened Saints Avenue Café on South Story Street in Boone.
We’ve dined in this buffet-style restaurant — under a previous name — for breakfast, lunch or dinner many a time. But this was our first visit under the new “Saints Avenue” umbrella, and we weren’t sure what to expect. What we found is the same great selection of food and the same friendly service… a rose by any other name.
Oh, enough with The Bard, let’s cut to the chase. (My dining companion never was much for Shakespeare.) And so while I headed first to the salad bar, my dining companion made straight for “Main Avenue,” which is what I like to call the long stretch of buffet tables that holds the main entrees.
He returned with a plate — or was it two plates? — heaping with pasta drenched with a zesty, meaty spaghetti sauce. There was a piece of fried chicken, too, and shrimp smothered in sauce. I even saw mushrooms scattered around the plate. And don’t forget the beef, for he had even saved room for a sizzling piece of steak fresh from the grill.
I, on the other hand, started out with a blend of lettuce, spinach and dark, leafy greens, topped with chopped eggs, low-cal dressing, bacon bits and crunchies. I even made room on my plate for a small pasta salad and a few other goodies.
Fortunately, I left room for the dinner rolls. The previous establishment here had wonderful dinner rolls, light on the inside, just the right crunch on the outside, and brushed with a dab of melted butter. I am happy to report that, under the new name, the dinner rolls are just as delicious, and just as plentiful.
My only regret is that after a heaping plate of fried chicken and green beans, I couldn’t even think about strolling to the dessert tables. Oh well, next time.Saints Avenue Café
1312 S. Story St.
Mon. – Fri.: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat. – Sun.: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.