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THE EATBEAT: Seasons Family Restaurant in East Grand Forks is a hit

The coffee was piping hot with a rich flavor. It was much better than the run of the mill coffee in restaurants.

There was a nice glass of water with ice on the table. And I was a happy camper even before I ordered a late breakfast at the recently reopened Season’s Family Restaurant in East Grand Forks.

I looked over the lineup of breakfast specialties on the menu. They range from a T-bone steak and eggs with hash browns and toast ($10.99). They include biscuits and gravy.

The Daily Starter with two eggs, two bacon strips or sausage links, hash browns and two pancakes — all for $4.99 — caught my eye. It was a bargain even with the $1.89 for coffee.

And it was just right. The bacon was thick and crisp. The cakes were fluffy. The eggs were better than the usual run of the mill version — although they, too, could have used a little more fluffing up.

On two recent visits to Seasons, I have seen very good service. The servers wear casual black shirts and trousers and black shoes.

The restaurant is large with a main room and two side rooms. There are large windows all around. Formerly operated by Brad Betting, the restaurant needed some refurbishing after sitting empty for five years. And it was done in earth tones along with new harmonizing carpeting.

Since my first visit to the new Seasons was so agreeable, I suggested it as a place for lunch. I was meeting Sandy Partridge (SP), who was visiting from Florida at Grand Forks Air Force Base with her daughter-in-law Jolene Biorn (JB) and grandson Evan Biorn, 9 (EB).

The lunch visit was good. I especially enjoyed the tomato basil soup. SP commented on the nice thick noodles in the chicken soup. EB ordered a taco salad that was more than enough for a 9-year-old.

There is a dinner menu with six choices along with salads. And Seasons has a senior menu along with what is called an “Afternoon Pie Delight” between 2 and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It’s for those who like an afternoon sweet treat. Instead of claiming homemade desserts, Seasons lists them as “made fresh daily somewhere. . .”

The large number of cars surrounding the reopened Seasons is a testimony to the response it is getting.

Seasons Family Restaurant

300 Third Ave. NE

East Grand Forks

Telephone: 218-773-4165

Owners: Shawn Sondreal, Norm Braaten

Kitchen manager: Derek Roach

Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Seating: 118

Report card: Bright, well-lit, spacious cafe now reopened with the only breakfast fare in East Grand Forks. Basic, good food throughout day. Very reasonable prices. Good service.