A few weeks ago my roommate and I attended a WGBH (Boston's Local NPR) event whose topic was Connections. It featured speakers from three very different industries: a researcher from MIT, an actor from the Blue Man Group and a local restaurant owner. They each spoke about the importance of making connections, whether it be connections in the brain, connections with your audience or connections with local farmers.
Listening to Chandra Gouldrup speak, I knew I had to go to her restaurant and try her food. She grew up on a farm and fell in love with cooking at a young age. She took her passion and made a career out of it and is now the owner of The Farmer's Daughter in Easton, MA. Her specialty is brunch with a twist. Most of her ingredients are sourced locally and she works hard to develop strong relationships with the farmers who provide all of the fresh, wholesome ingredients that go into her dishes.
Fast forward a few days: my boyfriend and I were trying to decide where to eat (like every other day) and I suggested this place that I had just learned about from the WGBH event. We got in the car and headed towards Easton, MA which was about 30 minutes from the city.
It's now 2:30pm on a Sunday, but when we arrive there's a big group of people waiting outside. I knew we hit the jackpot! We (not so patiently) waited outside drooling over each plate that passed us until the text came through saying our table was ready. As per usual we sat at the bar and were greeted by two amazing bartenders, Lorenzo and Kara who made us feel right at home and got us started with a few drinks. Sunday Funday am I right?!
There's a rustic, yet modern vibe about the place with clean white tile on the walls, but it still has that country feel. Bright, natural light illuminates the restaurant filled with people chattin' and chewin'. And there's a sidewalk filled with more tables of happy customers outside.
I went classic with a mimosa and Bae chose the Golden Sweet Tea which Kara whipped up with a few tweaks to make it extra special.
We'd been studying this menu for 30 minutes now and we were revved up and ready to order! Bae chose the Breakfast Poutine with Shy Brothers farm cheese curds, duck confit gravy, waffle fries and scrambled farm eggs. He loved it and didn't talk much which is a sign of a good meal. You can't be bothered with small talk when your taste buds are exploding with joy.
I went all in with the Chicken & Waffle Benedict: chive, cheddar & corn waffle, bacon jam, buttermilk brined crispy chicken, local maple, poached farm eggs and chive hollandaise.
People stop what you are doing and listen to me. I know this pic doesn't do it justice, but I foodgasmed with each bite of this benedict. This has never happened before. Each bite was a perfect balance of crispy chicken and waffles and all the flavors from the bacon jam, maple syrup and chive hollandaise balanced together perfectly. It was genuinely one of the best meals I have ever had and I wish it never ended. I licked that plate clean, I have no shame.
If you know what's good for your you will make it a point to get your tush over to The Farmer's Daughter in the near future. I know I'll be back soon because that Chicken & Waffle Benedict is calling my name.