“Rise” And Shine with a New Breakfast Place in Downtown Mystic

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Rise in Downtown Mystic.

Rise in Downtown Mystic.

Breakfast is many people’s favorite meal of the day and nothing makes it more special than having someone make it for you. In the town of Stonington, there is plenty of family-owned, and local breakfast restaurants that serve unique and delicious options. We took a look at a recent edition to Downtown Mystic’s breakfast scene called Rise.

Upon entry, you can easily see how comfortable and relaxed the feeling of the restaurant is.  The tables have beautiful marble tabletops, and the seats are a cushioned bench on one side and chairs on the other. There is bar seating by the open window, with a view of the streets of Downtown Mystic. The atmosphere is calming.

In the backdrop of conversations, a medley of soothing coffeehouse music was played from hidden speakers. A coffee station is set-up at the counter, with the kitchen and chefs in view right behind it. The coffee mugs on the rack were mismatched, with different town names and designs, adding another casual element to this welcoming little breakfast restaurant. The sweet aroma of coffee was the first thing you notice upon arrival.

We were seated at a marble table in the corner of the restaurant, and were immediately given glass mason jars filled with iced water. Our waitress was kind, and was very helpful with a large group and any questions we had.

The menu, simply laid out on one page, displayed the many delectable breakfast options. For the more simple of diners, the basic breakfast favorites were available. For the more adventurous, a bacon and peanut butter english muffin added a unique addition to the menu. Many options were customizable with different ingredients, including the make-your-own omelette, with options of adding different veggies, cheeses, and meats. The pancakes, too, can be made more delicious with a little fruit, or can please the desert lovers with chocolate chips.

For those who may be dining a little later in the day, lunch options are also available, with a handful of delicious sandwiches, wraps, and a soup-of-the-day.

The prices were reasonable compared to other similar restaurants in the area. An omelette was $6, with a dollar added for each additional topping. Breakfast sandwiches were $7. Lunch sandwiches were about $10. Overall, nothing on the menu will break the bank.

Rise features organic foods and ingredients and from local farms, including Wehpittituck Farm, Russo’s Roots, Seacoast Mushrooms, Farm to Hearth, Brambles and Bittersweet, and Sweet Acre.

After sipping our coffee for a few minutes, our breakfasts were served and each of us had a chance to sample different dishes.  

Rose – Being a picky eater, I didn’t find it hard to find something delicious to eat on the menu. I ordered

A fresh side of fruit.

cinnamon raisin toast with a side of fruit. The toast was satisfyingly crunchy and they put the peanut butter on the side so I could apply just the right amount. The fruit was fresh and crisp. It was a bowl of bananas, strawberries and apples which all delighted my taste buds.  With my entire breakfast costing about $8, I’d definitely go there again.

Cinnamon raisin toast with a side of creamy peanut butter.

Maia– I ordered the basic and simple two eggs with toast and home fries. I chose it simply because it is the meal I usually get at breakfast restaurants, so it is easy to compare to other locations. My over-easy eggs were cooked to perfection, and were well seasoned with cracked pepper. My home fries were delicious, with crisps edges on the outsides of each piece and a satisfyingly soft center.

Over easy eggs with a nice cup of coffee.

Kaela– An egg sandwich with bacon and peanut butter on an english muffin, called ‘The PB&B,’ sure seemed a little questionable when I first took a look at the menu. After thinking about getting the traditional two eggs, toast, and home fries, I thought, why not try something new? “Trust me, it’s good,” was written on the menu underneath all of the ingredients–it was a very true statement. The over easy egg placed on the bottom half of the crispy english muffin was smothered in melting peanut butter. A warm piece of bacon with just the right texture was placed on top it, covered by the top piece of the english muffin. As I bit into the sandwich, the creamy peanut butter oozed from the creases of the sandwich, covering my fingers and the plate. For only $7 and a warm meal that filled my belly, I would highly recommend trying this sandwich, and I will likely be going back myself to get another bite of their delicious meals.

A breakfast sandwich with a delicious surprise.

 

Owner Melody Perry opened the restaurant on August 19, 2016. Perry explained why she chose this location for her restaurant, saying, “I grew up in Mystic, I’ve lived here my whole life, and I wanted to have a place to give back to the community that I grew up in.  And I found this location and it was perfect, so I snached it up.”

When we asked her why she named the  restaurant, “Rise,” she said, “I feel like it fits perfectly with what I’m doing, with the multiple meanings like rise and shine, the rise of baked goods, and the positive connotation like rise to the challenge.”

The menu with a variety of choices.

Rise is located at 10 Water St. in Mystic and is open from 7am to 2pm, except Sundays, when they open at 8am. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.

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