Perly’s: A Place to Come and Stay

 

 

 

Words and Photos by Shannon Minor

Wandering around Richmond one evening, I stumbled across Perly’s, unknown to many and tucked away on E. Grace and 1st St.   Through the windows, the restaurant was dark, but the street lights casted light upon the shelves of dishes, glasses, and knick-knacks behind the counter.  I was curious as to what this place would be like during the day, as it looked so cozy and homey.  I knew I had to go back and try the food.

My experience at Perly’s did nothing but satisfy my curiosity.  Everything on Perly’s menu is under , and for your money you get a lot of food.  The food is heavy, but in the best way because of how filling it is for the price.  If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast that will fill you up for the day at a low price, Perly’s is worth the trip.

Busy and loud, the people surrounding me appeared like regulars, however, instead of feeling unwelcomed, I felt invited to become a regular too.  A waiter sat my friend and I swiftly and promptly returned with complimentary water.  I ordered from the list of “Good Morning Specials”: the Number 5.  It consisted of a salmon patty, bagel, two eggs, and home fried potatoes.  I did have a number of options to choose from, ranging from grits to fresh stewed apples.  The special also includes a choice of tea or coffee.  Although I found the salmon a bit too salty, the rest of the meal balanced out the flavors.   The potatoes reminded me of when my mom would cook fried potatoes for dinner.  The food seemed to fit perfectly together and form a delicious, filling meal that left me feeling content.

My friend ordered a Mushroom Swiss burger, whom he says was “just average”. The cream soda that accompanied his meal stood out as the best part.  The right balance of ice to soda ratio made the temperature of the beverage just right that the soda was cold, sweet, and refreshing.

What I found most impressing was the included cup of tea.  At first I received Lipton black tea, but I asked our waitress if there were any other types.  She returned with a basket, filled with various types and brands of delicious teas.  The tea was served with a container of honey and a lemon wedge, followed by a tiny tea pot of hot water.  Not only was the tea delicious with honey and lemon, but also it enhanced the environment and made my friend and I comfortable to stay for a long time without being rushed.

Captivated by its casualness, price point, and fairly quick service, I rate Perly’s four out of five Shafer birds.  Whether grabbing a quick breakfast or lunch, you will definitely not leave with an empty wallet or empty stomach.

Pearly’s is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday, and on weekends, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. It is about a 10-15 minute walk from campus.

The following two tabs change content below.
3 Ways to Indulge All Day (without the guilt)

3 Ways to Indulge All Day (without the guilt) via Danielle BrownAnyone who knows me knows that I have a notorious sweet tooth and whenever I see cake, pie, brownies, cupcakes, or any form of a “pastry”, I have very little self-control. I have tried to cut down on sugar, but it seems any diet that includes the elimination of it is impossi...

Comment Cards: Strange Matter Delivers

Comment Cards: Strange Matter Delivers This is the first column of Comment Cards. In each card you will get our opinion on various dishes and foods at VCU Dining locations plus restaurants in Richmond. Each comment comes directly from your beloved Shafer Bird staff. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsShafer Bird StaffLa...

Alex’s Thai Cuisine: A symbol of Thai family

Alex’s Thai Cuisine: A symbol of Thai family By: Aleena Inthaly and Azam Malik Walking into any restaurant with wooden babies and metallic Buddhas in theentrance way can be intimidating but not at Alex’s Thai Cuisine. The soft scent of Jasmine flowers and sizzle of saute pans in the kitchen wasn’t a representation of just Thailand,...

Preview

Coffee Chronicles: Crossroads By Elizabeth Butterfield and Deeva Payne The feeling of community thrives at Crossroads, and as a staple to the VCU Monroe Park Campus, Crossroads is a place where people don’t come just for the delicious variety of food and decently priced coffee: they come for each other.As you walk into Crossroads Coffee and Ic...