For less money than the Hilton Garden Inn charges for breakfast in Preston, CT, we found Parke's Place a good find. The portions are fine, the service good and the coffee very good. As other reviewers have noted the coffee refills keep coming without having to ask.
The variety of breakfast food had everything we could have wanted, including home-made corned beef hash. A pleasant surprise was their ability to properly cook poached eggs. Too many places overcook them.
It's a family owned business started by Parke and sold to the current owner - his daughter Beverly. With other family members they take care of their customers - especially the "regulars". They watch for cars pulling into the parking lot to know when to go out to the car and assist customers into the facility. Same thing when they are leaving - including walking them to their cars with an umbrella if it is raining as it was for us. To say they are customer focused doesn't even come close.
The banter and teasing between clients and staff is a laugh a minute - and you're free to join in! Past and current military personnel seem to be a mainstay of their business. Sure there are old photos and memorabilia on the walls, and it creates a dated appearance. To us it was part of the charm! It's clean - everywhere. It's a diner, not a gourmet restaurant.
Do yourself a favor when at Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun and leave those places and eat a meal with some real winners. (Breakfast and lunch only) Next time we are in that area we will make sure we schedule our trip around their Friday fish specials!
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