What: Piggy’s of Lake Harmony
Where: 91 North Lake Drive, Lake Harmony
Call: (570) 722-8493
Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. weekends
Credit cards? No. Cash only.
Why we went: It is, for all intents and purposes, summer, and summer always calls for a quick-and-easy road trip. Plus, at least one member of our little group can’t get enough of the complimentary mini blueberry muffins delivered to each table.
Menu highlights: Besides the adorable, melt-in-your-mouth muffins, breakfast (served all day here) is big, and the basic fried eggs are about as good as eggs get. Hard to say exactly why, but trust us that if you looked you’d see. Sometimes you can just tell by eyeballing. A combination plate of scrambled with rye toast and the legendary house hash browns was swell, but one glance at a guest’s plate and I wanted my eggs fried instead. No matter, the scrambled were just as tasty, and the house potatoes, two-bite-size flat ovals, were wonderfully soft on the inside and crispy on the out, just the way we like them.
A star of the breakfast show here might be what’s called “batters,” however, a category that includes homemade small-batch buttermilk pancakes (huge, light and fluffy and available in plain, blueberry or chocolate chip), grilled French toast and either grilled original batter toast, grilled crunchy batter toast, which adds granola, or glazed cinnamon-swirl French toast. Our hands-down favorite — and we shared a sampler that included three of the five — was the original batter toast, which is basically French toast dipped in batter and grilled. The batter is light but noticeably adds a tasty layer of flavor ordinary French toast just doesn’t deliver.
All breakfast meats come a la carte, and a pork roll seemed to create the most stir. For the unfamiliar, we’d call this bacon on steroids. It has the appearance of ham but the texture of pork sausage — extremely tender — and tastes of a cross between both. A guilty-pleasure hit. The less indulgent will appreciate a range of options from turkey bacon to regular sausage patties.
Other menu highlights: Three-egg omelets also are fine breakfast choices, with the usual array of choices: mushrooms, ham, bacon, Western, etc.
For lunch, take your pick of hamburgers, cheesesteaks, hot or cold sandwiches, hoagies, soups or salads.
Dessert? For this, you might want to take yourself to the associated Hog Heaven ice cream shop, open Memorial Day through Labor Day (3-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). With its promised 22 flavors, six types of cones and 16 toppings, you’ll no doubt find something to your liking. And the look and feel — rustic yet colorful — are every bit as fun as the restaurant itself.
Overall impression: Between its downhome-diner ambience and its entryway gift shop (The Pig Pen) full of pigs, pigs and more pigs (plus some nifty local pottery), this can qualify as a destination spot. The kitsch is by design and too much fun to miss. I almost came home with blown-glass pig-shaped salt-and-pepper shakers, a make-your-own trivet-from-corks kit and three pieces of pottery, but I was somehow able to resist all that temptation.